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Iranian Canadian


Iranian Canadian

Iranian Canadian
ایرانیان کانادا
Total population
163,290 (by ancestry, 2011 Census)
Regions with significant populations
Greater Toronto Area, Vancouver, Montreal, Ottawa

Persian, English

Azerbaijani, Armenian, Kurdish, and other languages of Iran. (see Languages of Iran).
Predominantly Twelver Shi'a Islam, Minorities of Sunni Islam, No Religion, Bahá'í Faith, Christianity (Anglicanism and Catholicism), Judaism, and Zoroastrianism

Iranian Canadian or Persian-Canadian[1][2] are citizens of Canada whose national background is traced from Iran or people possessing Iranian and Canadian dual citizenship.[3] from the 2006 Canadian census and the main communities can be found in Southern Ontario, British Columbia, and Quebec; the vast majority, however, live in the northern suburbs of Toronto such as Richmond Hill, Vaughan, Markham, and Thornhill, and in the municipalities of Vancouver such as: North Vancouver, West Vancouver, Burnaby, and Coquitlam. An estimated total of 46,255 Iranians currently reside in the Greater Toronto Area, 29,265 in the Greater Vancouver Area, 9,535 in the Greater Montreal Area, and the remainder are spread out in the other major cities in Canada based on the 2006 Canadian Census.

However, these numbers only represent the people who immigrated from Iran (Persia) and filled out the census survey. There are an estimated 50,000 more Iranians who did not fill out the survey and were born outside Iran including Canada. Estimated numbers for Toronto are around 65,000, in Vancouver they range up to 40,000 and in Montreal there are not more than 15,000.


  • Notable Canadians of Iranian descent 1
    • Academia 1.1
    • Art and literature 1.2
    • Beauty pageant 1.3
    • Business 1.4
    • Entertainment 1.5
    • Foundations 1.6
    • Crime 1.7
    • Journalism 1.8
    • Politicians 1.9
    • Religion 1.10
  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Notable Canadians of Iranian descent

Editorial team of SHAHRVAND Weekly in Toronto which is the largest Persian newspaper in Canada.


"Persian Plaza" in Toronto's Yonge Street (North York Section). 2014

Art and literature

Relief sculpture with Persian Imperial Guardsman. 5th century BC. Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto

Beauty pageant




  • Naft Club, Canadian Oil & Gas Professionals with Persian Heritage



ITC TV, one of Persian-language TV stations in Toronto

Various Persian-language media (including TV and newspapers) are active in Canada. Shahrvand and Salam Toronto are two of them which covers the local events as well.[7]


Reza Moridi, Iranian-born Canadian politician


See also


  1. ^ "PM meets with representatives of the Persian-Canadian community - Prime Minister of Canada". 2009-08-04. Retrieved 2012-09-10. 
  2. ^ "Nazanin Afshin-Jam: TD Bank 'Misinterpreting' Iran Sanctions In Shutting Persian-Canadians' Accounts". 2012-09-12. Retrieved 2015-04-27. 
  3. ^ "Ethnic origins, 2006 counts, for Canada, provinces and territories - 20% sample data".  
  4. ^ "HST Faculty List"
  5. ^
  6. ^
  7. ^ "Shahrvand Profile". Canadian Minority Media Database. 2014-05-08. Retrieved 2014-06-25. 

External links

  • PM meets with representatives of the Persian-Canadian community
  • Iranian Canadian Congress
  • Persian Flags in Toronto Streets (Video)
  • Canadian Oil & Gas Professionals with Persian Heritage
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