#WelcomeAfghans: Key figures

The Government of Canada has welcomed over 40,000 refugees and vulnerable Afghans to Canada. We’ve done this through several programs, including

We’re continuing to process existing applications through these special programs on a priority basis to bring Afghans to Canada.

Information on this page is updated monthly. It is up to date as of January 25, 2024. Data is approximate and subject to change.

Welcomed in Canada

47,010

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

Special Immigration Measures Program for Afghans who assisted the Government of Canada

Afghan nationals arriving through the Special Immigration Measures Program for those who assisted the Government of Canada fall under the government-assisted refugee program.

Applications received
20,530
Applications approved
14,325
Arrived in Canada
13,655

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
24,545

Pathway for extended family members of former interpreters

For extended family members to be eligible for this permanent residence pathway, the interpreters must

Arrived in Canada
3,235

Afghans who have arrived in Canada by destination province and community

The map and table below were last updated on October 27, 2023. No additional updates will be made.

The data show the number of Afghans that have arrived in Canada through the following special programs:

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 Number of extended family members Total number of people
British ColumbiaAbbotsford47025--495
British ColumbiaAldergrove--------
British ColumbiaBoundary Bay--------
British ColumbiaBurnaby--24560310
British ColumbiaCoquitlam--11525140
British ColumbiaCortes Island--------
British ColumbiaDelta--------
British ColumbiaDenman Island--------
British ColumbiaFernie--------
British ColumbiaFort St. John--------
British ColumbiaKelowna11515--130
British ColumbiaLangley--20--20
British ColumbiaMaple Ridge--40--40
British ColumbiaMission--------
British ColumbiaNanaimo80----80
British ColumbiaNew Westminster--30--30
British ColumbiaNorth Vancouver--------
British ColumbiaPitt Meadows--------
British ColumbiaPort Coquitlam--602585
British ColumbiaPort Moody--20--20
British ColumbiaRichmond--------
British ColumbiaRossland--------
British ColumbiaSurrey9502602201,430
British ColumbiaVancouver1,845175602,080
British ColumbiaVictoria3045--75
British ColumbiaWhistler--------
AlbertaAirdrie--50--50
AlbertaBrooks30----30
AlbertaCalgary3,2601,6602955,215
AlbertaChestermere--------
AlbertaCochrane--------
AlbertaEdmonton700800251,525
AlbertaFort McMurray105----105
AlbertaFort Saskatchewan--------
AlbertaGrande-Prairie110----110
AlbertaLeduc--15--15
AlbertaLethbridge8515--100
AlbertaMedicine Hat65----65
AlbertaNeerlandia--------
AlbertaRed Deer16550--215
AlbertaSaint Albert--------
AlbertaSherwood Park--------
AlbertaThree Hills--------
SaskatchewanMoose Jaw40----40
SaskatchewanOutlook--------
SaskatchewanPrince Albert35----35
SaskatchewanRegina34035--375
SaskatchewanSaskatoon575240--815
SaskatchewanStrongfield--------
SaskatchewanYorkton--------
ManitobaBlumenort--------
ManitobaBrandon135----135
ManitobaLandmark--------
ManitobaSteinbach--15--15
ManitobaWinkler35----35
ManitobaWinnipeg410200--610
OntarioAjax--49550505
OntarioAlliston--------
OntarioAncaster--20--20
OntarioArva--------
OntarioAurora--30--30
OntarioBancroft--------
OntarioBarrie--20--20
OntarioBelleville--15--15
OntarioBowmanville--35--35
OntarioBradford--65--65
OntarioBrampton--440--440
OntarioBrantford250----250
OntarioBurlington--65--65
OntarioCaledon--30--30
OntarioCaledonia--------
OntarioCambridge--------
OntarioConcord--------
OntarioCornwall70----70
OntarioCourtice--15--15
OntarioCumberland--------
OntarioDon Mills--15--15
OntarioEast Gwillimbury--45--45
OntarioEast York----2020
OntarioElmira--------
OntarioEtobicoke--70--70
OntarioFergus----
OntarioGeorgetown--------
OntarioGuelph--175--175
OntarioHamilton595245--840
OntarioHeidelberg--------
OntarioHolland Landing--------
OntarioInnisfil--151530
OntarioKanata--------
OntarioKeswick--45--45
OntarioKincardine--------
OntarioKing--------
OntarioKing City--25--25
OntarioKingston1554520220
OntarioKitchener705470--1,175
OntarioKleinburg--35--35
OntarioLanark--------
OntarioLeamington215----250
OntarioLindsay--------
OntarioLondon530125--655
OntarioManotick--------
OntarioMaple--25--25
OntarioMarkham--130--130
OntarioMerrickville--------
OntarioMidland--------
OntarioMilton--85--85
OntarioMississauga1,175460351,670
OntarioMount Hope--------
OntarioNepean--------
OntarioNew Hamburg--------
OntarioNewmarket--8040120
OntarioNiagara Falls--------
OntarioNorth York--22585310
OntarioOakville--601575
OntarioOrangeville--------
OntarioOrleans--------
OntarioOshawa--180100280
OntarioOttawa1,1654553301,950
OntarioOwen Sound--------
OntarioOxford County--------
OntarioPeterborough21020--230
OntarioPickering--285--285
OntarioPort Colborne--------
OntarioRichmond Hill--285--285
OntarioSt. Catharines190----190
OntarioSault Ste. Marie140----140
OntarioScarborough--34530375
OntarioStittsville--------
OntarioSmithville--------
OntarioStouffville--15--15
OntarioThorndale--------
OntarioThornhill--20--20
OntarioThornton--------
OntarioThunder Bay330----330
OntarioToronto4,9502,1951,0608,205
OntarioTottenham--------
OntarioTrenton--------
OntarioVaughan--90--90
OntarioWaterdown--------
OntarioWaterloo--45--45
OntarioWelland--15--15
OntarioWhitby--10520125
OntarioWindsor510----510
OntarioWoodbridge--45--45
QuébecAmbercom--------
QuébecAngers--------
QuebecBlainville--20--20
QuebecBrossard15110--125
QuebecCarignan--20--20
QuebecChambly--30--30
QuebecCourcelles--------
QuebecGatineau30----30
QuebecGranby--30--30
QuebecGreenfield Park--------
QuebecJoliette--------
QuebecLaval25205--230
QuebecLongueuil50135--185
QuébecMascouche--------
QuebecMirabel--------
QuebecMontréal70185--255
QuebecQuebec City2545--70
QuebecRosemère--------
QuebecSaint-Eustache--------
QuebecSaint-Hubert--40--40
QuebecSaint-Hyacinthe--------
QuebecSaint-Philippe--------
QuebecSherbrooke50410--450
QuebecTerrebonne------
QuebecVictoriaville--------
New BrunswickBathurst40----40
New BrunswickEdmundston--------
New BrunswickFredericton205----205
New BrunswickMoncton145----145
New BrunswickSackville--------
New BrunswickSaint John20015--215
Nova ScotiaAntigonish--------
Nova ScotiaDartmouth--------
Nova ScotiaHalifax45085--535
Nova ScotiaShelburne--------
Prince Edward IslandCharlottetown55----55
Newfoundland and LabradorPortugal Cove--------
Newfoundland and LabradorSt. John’s1,16515--1,170

There are also 70 people whose destination communities could not be confirmed and are not included.

For privacy, and for the safety and security of those involved, we can’t provide details on specific cases.

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