Nigerian Canadians
Total population
68,680 (by ancestry, 2016)
Regions with significant populations
Brampton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Regina, Edmonton, Toronto, Windsor

English, Igbo, Yoruba, French, Nigerian Pidgin


Christianity · Islam

Nigerian Canadians are Canadian citizens and residents of Nigerian origin and descent. Nigerians began migrating to Canada during the 1967–1970 Biafra War.[1] Nigerians were not broken out separately in immigration statistics until 1973. 3,919 landed immigrants of Nigerian nationality arrived in Canada from 1973 to 1991.[2] There is a significant number of Nigerians living in the Greater Toronto Area, especially in Brampton and Etobicoke. In the 2016 Census, 68,680 people identified themselves as Nigerians, with almost half (33,580) living in Ontario. There has been a steady increase in the number of Nigerians living in the western cities of Canada, such as Calgary, Edmonton, and Winnipeg[3]. Nigerians have an easier time adapting to life in Canada than other immigrants because their homeland of Nigeria has the English language as the official language and it is spoken by the majority of Nigeria's population.


By province:

Notable people[]

  • Robert Adetuyi, screenwriter and film director
  • Olu Famutimi, professional basketball player
  • Israel Idonije, NFL player for the Chicago Bears
  • Daniel Igali, Olympic gold medalist in wrestling
  • Jarome Iginla, NHL hockey player for the Los Angeles Kings
  • Angelo Pullen, producer
  • Brave Littlewing, voice actress, actress and singer
  • Hero Peregrine, voice actress, actress and singer
  • Miles Summer-Pullen, voice actor, actor and musician
  • Samuel Oghale Oboh, the first person of African descent to be President of the 110-year old Royal Architectural Institute of Canada
  • WondaGurl, Hip-hop producer
  • Stella Umeh, gymnast

See also[]


  1. ^ Ogbomo 1999, Origins
  2. ^ Ogbomo 1999, Migration, Arrival, and Settlement
  3. ^ Canada, Government of Canada, Statistics. "Census Profile, 2016 Census" (in en). 


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