#WelcomeAfghans: Key figures

The Government of Canada remains firm in its commitment to welcome at least 40,000 refugees and vulnerable Afghans to Canada. This will be done through several programs, including:

Information on this page is up to date as of January 12, 2022. Data is approximate and subject to change.

Welcomed in Canada

6,860

(People who have arrived in Canada, under all streams, since August 2021)

Special immigration program for Afghans who assisted the Government of Canada

Afghan nationals arriving through the special immigration program for those who assisted the Government of Canada fall under the government-assisted refugee program.

Applications received
14,740
Applications approved
9,805
Arrived in Canada
4,100

Humanitarian program

Afghan nationals arriving through the humanitarian program fall under the government-assisted refugee and privately sponsored refugee programs. We’re working with trusted international and Canadian partners to implement this new humanitarian program. Afghan nationals don’t apply directly to us for this program.

Arrived in Canada
2,760

Afghan refugees who have arrived in Canada by destination province and community

Government-assisted refugees (GARs) resettle in 1 of the 34 communities where there is an IRCC-funded resettlement service provider organization. The Province of Quebec receives separate funding to provide similar services as part of the Canada-Quebec Accord.

Privately sponsored refugees (PSRs) settle in the same community as their sponsor.

Figures between 0 and 10 are shown as “--”. All other figures are rounded to the nearest 5. As a result of rounding, data may not sum to the totals indicated. This is done to prevent individuals from being identified when IRCC data is compiled and compared to other publicly available statistics.

Destination community
Province Community Number of GARs Number of PSRs Total number of people
British Columbia Burnaby -- 25 25
British Columbia Kelowna 20 -- 20
British Columbia Maple Ridge -- -- --
British Columbia Nanaimo -- -- --
British Columbia Port Coquitlam -- 20 20
British Columbia Port Moody -- -- --
British Columbia Surrey -- -- --
British Columbia Vancouver 485 -- 485
British Columbia Victoria -- -- --
Alberta Airdrie -- -- --
Alberta Calgary 425 245 670
Alberta Chestermere -- -- --
Alberta Edmonton 280 85 365
Alberta Lethbridge -- -- --
Alberta Red Deer -- -- --
Alberta Three Hills -- -- --
Saskatchewan Moose Jaw -- -- --
Saskatchewan Regina 80 -- 80
Saskatchewan Saskatoon 230 -- 230
Manitoba Brandon 20 -- 20
Manitoba Winnipeg 105 -- 105
Ontario Aberfoyle -- -- --
Ontario Ajax -- 60 60
Ontario Alliston -- -- --
Ontario Ancaster -- -- --
Ontario Aurora -- 15 15
Ontario Barrie -- -- --
Ontario Bownmanville -- -- --
Ontario Bradford -- -- --
Ontario Brampton -- 50 50
Ontario Burlington -- 15 15
Ontario Cornwall -- -- --
Ontario Don Mills -- -- --
Ontario East York -- -- --
Ontario Elmira -- -- --
Ontario Etobicoke -- -- --
Ontario Fergus -- -- --
Ontario Guelph -- -- --
Ontario Hamilton 255 25 280
Ontario Holland Landing -- -- --
Ontario Kingston 35 -- 35
Ontario Kitchener 185 55 240
Ontario Leamington 20 -- 20
Ontario London 170 20 190
Ontario Markham -- -- --
Ontario Milton -- -- --
Ontario Mississauga 260 30 290
Ontario Newmarket -- 25 25
Ontario Niagara Falls -- -- --
Ontario North York -- -- --
Ontario Oakville -- -- --
Ontario Orangeville -- -- --
Ontario Orleans -- -- --
Ontario Oshawa -- -- --
Ontario Ottawa 395 45 440
Ontario Oxford County -- -- --
Ontario Peterborough 85 -- 85
Ontario Pickering -- 25 25
Ontario Richmond Hill -- 65 65
Ontario St. Catharines -- -- --
Ontario Sault Ste. Marie 15 -- 15
Ontario Scarborough -- 20 20
Ontario Stouffville -- -- --
Ontario Thornton -- -- --
Ontario Thunder Bay 75 -- 75
Ontario Toronto 1,385 275 1,660
Ontario Vaughan -- 20 20
Ontario Waterloo -- 15 15
Ontario Whitby -- -- --
Ontario Windsor 85 -- 85
Ontario Woodbridge -- 15 15
Quebec Brossard 15 -- 15
Quebec Courcelles -- -- --
Quebec Gatineau 15 -- 15
Quebec Granby -- -- --
Quebec Laval -- 15 15
Quebec Longueuil -- 30 30
Quebec Montreal 35 -- 35
Quebec Quebec City -- -- --
Quebec Rosemere -- -- --
Quebec Saint-Hubert -- -- --
Quebec Sherbrooke 20 15 35
New Brunswick Fredericton -- -- --
New Brunswick Moncton -- -- --
New Brunswick Saint John 15 -- 15
Nova Scotia Dartmouth -- -- --
Nova Scotia Halifax 135 -- 135
Prince Edward Island Charlottetown -- -- --
Newfoundland and Labrador St. John’s 265 -- 265

There are also 240 people whose destination communities have not yet been confirmed.

For privacy, and for the safety and security of those involved, we can’t provide details on specific cases. Data is preliminary and subject to change. We’ll update this page as more information becomes available.

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