The Indian communities across Canada are diverse and make up a large portion of the population. Helping boost the economy on many levels, it’s important to understand the rate of how many Indians are immigrating to Canada on a yearly basis and where they are coming from.
Coming from a range of 28 states and 8 territories, Forbes reported that the number of Indians who have become permanent residents in Canada “increased from 39,340 in 2016 to 80,685 in 2019, through the first 11 months of 2019, an increase of more than 105%, according to a National Foundation for American Policy (NFAP) analysis of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada data.”
There are 668,240 Punjabi people in Canada.
Punjabi people tend to speak Punjabi, Hindi, and Urdu.
They tend to belong to Sikhism (majority), Hinduism, Christianity, Islam
Punjabi people are from Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi, Chandigarh
In 1897 the first person of Punjabi origin was a soldier moving from India to the United Kingdom, coming to visit British Columbia. “The Punjabis ultimately became the first South Asian-origin group to settle in Canada.” They settled in Canada, arriving in Vancouver on the Empress of India. Sikhs first found employment working on the Canadian Pacific Railway and as time progressed “still proved themselves as loyal soldiers in the British colonies.”
The majority of Canada's Punjabi population lives in British Columbia, Ontario, and Alberta.
Holi, Lohri, Maghi, Vaisakhi, and Teeyan are celebrated in Canada
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There are 122,460 Gujarati people in Canada.
Gujarati people speak Gujarati or Hindi.
They tend to be apart of Hinduism (majority), Islam, Christianity, Jainism, or Buddhism
Most Gujarati people are from Gujarat.
Gujarati Hindus make up the second-largest religious group in Canada following Punjabi Sikhs, “Toronto is home to the largest Navratri Raas Garba festival in North America.”
Toronto and British Columbia is home to many Gujarati's
Navratri, Makar Sankranti, Maha Shivratri, Ramajan-Eid, and Holi
There approx 300,000 Tamil people in Canada.
They speak Tamil.
They usually practice Hinduism, Christianity, or Islam
They are usually from Tamil Nadu, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, or Delhi
In 1983 there were fewer than 150 Tamils in Canada, since then “it has become one of the largest visible minority population groups within the Greater Toronto Area. In the 1991 census, Tamils were the fastest-growing ethnic group in the city.”
They live in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa
Thai Pongal, Mattu Pongal, Kanum Pongal, Deepavali, Saraswathi, Vijaya Dasami, Ganapathy are celebrated by Tamil's in Canada.
There are approx. 58,735 in Canada.
Bengali people usually speak Bengali, Chittagonianor, or Sylheti
They tend to practice Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, or Christianity.
They are from Bengal.
Bengalis started to immigrate to Canada between the 1960s-70s
They live in Scarborough, Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, and Ottawa
Durga Puja, Basant Panchami, Rama Navami, Ambedkar Jayanti, Vesak, Ashura, Dussehra, Diwali, Holi
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