Brazilian Canadians

Brazilian Canadians or Brazo-Canadians (Portuguese: canadense de extração brasileira, French: brésilien-canadien) are Canadians of Brazilian descent or Brazilians who have immigrated to Canada. The 1991 Canadian census reports 2,520 individuals of wholly Brazilian origin and another 2,325 who describe Brazilian as one of their ethnic origins giving a total of 4,845. This figure can be taken as an official minimum and corresponds to Brazilian consular estimates.

However, in the 1980s and 1990s a large number of younger Brazilians established families in Toronto. The local newspaper Abacaxi Times estimated that the total number of Brazilians living in Toronto in the 1990s was about 9,000. Probably an equal number of legal immigrants entered Ontario to that date. The total for Canada was 14,976. When refugee claimants and illegal immigrants are added, the total in Ontario alone may approach 12,000, with a few thousand more in Quebec and British Columbia; there are smaller groups scattered across the country. New immigrants have continued to enter the country, but at a much slower pace than in the previous decade.

Like all Latin American Canadians, Brazilian Canadians are legally defined as a visible minority, irrespective of their ancestry or appearance.[3]

Brazilian Canadians
Total population
56,315 (total of the population)
25,395 (by ancestry, 2011 Census)[1]
22,920 (by birth, 2011 Census)[2]
Regions with significant populations
Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia
Canadian English, Canadian French, Brazilian Portuguese
Christianity (mainly Roman Catholic)
Related ethnic groups
Brazilian people, Portuguese Canadians, Brazilian Americans, Brazilian British, Brazilian Australians and other Latin Americans


Number of Brazilian nationals granted permanent residence in Canada by year[4]
Year Number of Brazilian nationals admitted Total number of permanent residents admitted Proportion of permanent residents admitted
2002 759 229,048 0.3%
2003 865 221,349 0.4%
2004 934 235,823 0.4%
2005 976 262,242 0.4%
2006 1,209 251,640 0.5%
2007 1,759 236,753 0.7%
2008 2,127 247,246 0.9%
2009 2,480 252,174 1%
2010 2,597 280,691 0.9%
2011 1,519 248,748 0.6%

Notable Brazilian Canadians

See also


  1. ^ Statistics Canada. "2011 National Household Survey: Data tables". Retrieved 8 March 2014.
  2. ^ 2011 National Household Survey: Data tables | Citizenship (5), Place of Birth (236), Immigrant Status and Period of Immigration (11), Age Groups (10) and Sex (3) for the Population in Private Households of Canada, Provinces, Territories, Census Metropolitan Areas and Census Agglomerations, 2011 National Household Survey
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 18 July 2016. Retrieved 13 July 2016.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ Facts and figures 2011 Archived 30 December 2012 at the Wayback Machine — Immigration overview: Permanent and temporary residents — Permanent residents
Brazilian Australians

Brazilian Australians (Portuguese: Brasileiro-australiano) refers to Australian citizens of Brazilian birth or descent.

According to the 2011 Census, 14,509 Australians were born in Brazil while 12,234 claimed Brazilian ancestry, either alone or with another ancestry. There was a significant increase of 93.6 per cent from the 2006 Census which had recorded 6,647 Brazil-born people while 7,491 had claimed Brazilian ancestry.

Canadian Brazilians

A Canadian Brazilian (Portuguese: canadense-brasileiro) is a Brazilian person who is fully, partially or predominantly of Canadian descent, or a Canadian-born immigrant in Brazil. Many Canadians also travel to Brazil for work. From 1925–1968, over 11,631 Canadians had settled in Brazil.

Canada has always had a significant relationship with Brazil since the 1800s. The countries have had extensive interactions in the financing of infrastructure projects, particularly utilities. Brazil is the largest recipient of Canadian investment in South America and until 1974 was the venue for the largest single Canadian foreign investment. In 1991, Canadian investment in Brazil totalled around CANS 2 billion.

One of the more interesting aspects of Canadian - Brazilian relations is the quiet nature of the relationship, and a lack of interest in this relationship on the part of scholars in particular and Canadians in general.

To a Canadian, Brazil has meant coffee and Carnival, while to a Brazilian 'Canada is sometimes seen as a remote northern country, a pale reflection of the United States.

Latin American Canadians

Latin American Canadians (French: Canadiens d'Amérique latine) are Canadians who are descendants of people from countries of Latin America. The majority of Latin American Canadians are multilingual, primarily speaking Spanish or Portuguese. Most are fluent in one or both of Canada's two official languages, English and French. Spanish, Portuguese and French are Romance languages and share some similarities in morphology and syntax.

Latin American Canadians have made distinguished contributions to Canada in all major fields, including politics, the military, music, philosophy, sports, business and economy, and science.

The largest Latin American immigrant groups in Canada are Mexican Canadians, Colombian Canadians and Salvadoran Canadians.

Latin Americans comprise a heterogeneous variation of ancestral and racial origins that span from South and North America to Europe, Africa, and Asia. Therefore, a Latin American can be of any race, but the most frequent races found in the region are Mestizos, Whites, Indigenous Americans, Blacks, and Asians

Little Portugal, Toronto

Little Portugal (also known as Portugal Village (Portuguese: Pequeno Portugal / aldeia Portugal) is a neighbourhood and ethnic enclave in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is located west of downtown in the "Old" City of Toronto. It is bound on the west by Lansdowne Avenue, on the north by College Street, on the east by Bathurst Street and on the south by the Go Transit and Union Pearson Express railway tracks. The area is mainly residential, with Portuguese businesses along Dundas Street West and College Street. The area west of Dufferin Street was a part of the former Town of Brockton. The area to the east of Dufferin and south of Dundas Street is also known as "Beaconsfield Village" dating back to the days of the sub-division of lots in the area around Beaconsfield Avenue.

Canadian people
and society
List of
Latin American Canadians by national origin
North American
Central American and Caribbean
South American

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