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Indians in Canada


Recently, Canada  released its 2017 immigration plan which is the first under the leadership of Trudeau’s government. This plan seems to be beneficial towards Indian immigrants, and more Indians could migrate to Canada next year. So, let us explore Canada and opportunities available for Indians in this country.

Here is the list of territories in Canada which could be chosen by a candidate as their place of settlement for work and subsequent retirement.

As of the 2015 census, India was in the second position after Philippines as a source of immigrants to Canada. The Canadians in India are known as Indo Canadians or Indian Canadians. The total population of this community in the country is 1,355,653, that is 3.86% of the total Canadian Population in 2015.                                                                                                                   

Indians started moving to Canada in the early 20th century. They were primarily Sikhs from Punjab and were veterans of the British Army. Both India and Canada were the colonies of the British Empire and after retiring from the British army, many soldiers found that the pension they were getting was smaller as compared to their earning potential in Canada and chose to stay, instead of returning to India. Initially they had to confront racism, but today they have assimilated within the population and secured prominent positions throughout the political and economic spectrum.

Below are some Canadians with Indian origin who have occupied a prominent position in the Canadian Government.


Today, Sikhs from India forms the largest ethnic community in Canada.In Vancouver, they comprise of about 80% of the Indian population. The official languages of Canada are English and French and in 1980 most of Indian immigrants spoke neither of these languages. Due to globalization, presently 60% of the Indian migrants are English proficient upon entry.

Prime Cities In Canada for Indians


Major Immigration centers for Indians in Canada

Source: Census of Canada, 2006


In Toronto, India boasts the third number of immigrants in the city which is 6.3% of the total population of Toronto. Being an English speaking city, Toronto is home to a majority of the Indian population. Toronto is also home to the largest Hindu temple in Canada, Shri Swaminarayan Mandir. One can find how beautifully this country has blended different subcultures from across the world and given birth to a culture of togetherness.


Vancouver is also one of the more popular North American immigration destination for Indian immigrants. This place is home to a large Sikh community from Punjab, India. This British-Columbian city possesses various forms of Indian heritage and culture. There is a famous and oldest Gurudwara present here, which was constructed in 1911, Khalsa Diwan Gurudwara.  Festival and celebrations keep happening here, and an important festival of Sikhs, Vaisakhi is celebrated with great pomp and show.




Greater Vancouver (Surrey)

This Pacific Northwest region possesses booming computer and tech industries. Over the last decade, Surrey  has become one of the prime destinations for Indian immigrants, primarily due tothe business and job opportunities available in this region. It is quickly becoming a major player in the global market with a massive amount of career opportunities.

If an immigrant is looking for business or job openings and needs an option other than Vancouver or Seattle in the US, Surrey is the right place to be.


The Calgary Metropolitan Area is home to the second-highest number of corporate head offices in Canada among the country's 800 largest corporations.It is also one of the cities where the majority of the Indian community resides, constituting 5% of the total Indian community in Canada. Calgary is known for oil refinement industries and tie-ups with the rapidly developing technology industry. Immigration to Calgary is primarily for the career opportunities in the city, where individuals use  their degrees and training to achieve lucrative results.

Another interesting point about Calgary is that it is a home to Skihs, Hindus and Muslims from India, Bangladesh and Pakistan, who co-exist in the city very peacefully, though the relations between the three groups have often been strained.

Indians have marked their presence in Canada by achieving outstanding success in different domains and making India proud. Canada, is one of the few countries that recognize this achievement, which is why they have come up with an immigration plan where they will be targeting India as a rich source of immigrants. The results of the Express Entry Draw, held on the 2nd November  which offered invites to 2,080 candidates  is the highest number of ITAs issues till now with 472 CRS points.

Canada has always been a preferred destination to Indian expats and that inclination for a better life isn’t changing anytime soon. To know more about Canada’s immigration process, contact Global Tree today.