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Somali Canadians

Somali Canadians
Total population
44,995[1] (official NHS figure)
150,000[2] (unofficial estimate)
Regions with significant populations
Toronto · Ottawa · Calgary · Edmonton · Vancouver · Winnipeg · Hamilton
Somali · Arabic · Canadian English · Canadian French

Somali Canadians are residents and citizens of Canada of Somali ancestry.


  • Overview 1
  • Demographics 2
  • Organizations 3
  • Notable individuals 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


Canada has one of the largest Somali populations in the western world. Unofficial estimates placing the figure as high as 150,000.[2] The early 1990s saw an increase in the total number of Somali immigrants entering the country, with some secondary migration from the United States.

Electronic, money transfer and wholesale stores at a Somali mall in Toronto.

As with many other immigrant groups in the Toronto area, Somalis have faced some barriers to employment despite counting many qualified professionals. This has been attributed to enclave economies, self-employment, language unfamiliarity, and various public policies and social programs.[3][4][5] To address the issue, the Canadian government, in coordination with the Somali Canadian Education and Rural Development Organization's Somali Youth Skills Project, set up in 2010 job-preparation training and work experience programs for local Somali youth. Part of the Canadian government's Youth Employment Strategy, the initiative is intended to help youngsters that are facing challenges finding employment to better access career information, develop necessary skills, gain relevant work experience, find decent jobs and stay employed.[4] The Canadian Somali Congress has also teamed up with local

  • Canadian Somali Congress (CSC)
  • Somali Canadian Cultural Society of Edmonton (SCCSE)
  • Somali Canadian Education and Rural Development Organization (SCERDO)

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See also

Notable individuals

[11] The Somali community in Canada is represented by various Somali-run organizations.


Somalis tend to be concentrated in the southern part of the province of Ontario, especially the Ottawa and Toronto areas. The Albertan cities of Calgary and Edmonton have also seen a significant increase in their respective Somali communities over the past few years. In addition, the neighbourhood of Rexdale in Toronto has one of the largest Somali populations in the country.

According to the 2011 National Household Survey, 44,995 people in Canada reported Somali ancestry. Of those, 37,115 were Somali language speakers and 4,315 were recent immigrants.[1]

Journalist Hassan Abdillahi of Ogaal Radio with M.P. Justin Trudeau at Seneca College (2009).


Following a greatly improved security situation in Somalia in 2012, many Somali residents of Canada have begun returning to Mogadishu and other parts of the country for investment opportunities and to take part in the ongoing post-conflict reconstruction process. Participating in the renovation of schools, hospitals, roads and other infrastructure, they have played a leading role in the capital's recovery and have also helped propel the local real estate market.[8]


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