Asylum claims by year – 2019

Given the number of border interceptions currently being processed, there is a delay in asylum claims application information appearing in our system. As determinations are made that persons crossing the border are eligible to make an asylum claim, that information is entered into our system and is reflected in the asylum claims data that is published monthly to our website. Applications information is backdated, as appropriate, as it is entered into the system.

Therefore, the data posted to the IRCC website is considered preliminary and subject to change. Updated data for previous months is published to our website on a monthly basis as it becomes available and according to the monthly data release schedule.

Individuals can make an asylum claim in Canada at a port of entry, at a Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) inland office or an Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) inland office. CBSA or IRCC officials will then determine if an individual is eligible to make an asylum claim.

These numbers reflect asylum claim numbers for 2019 and are still subject to change.

Backgrounder: Claiming asylum in Canada – what happens?

Refugee protection claims statistics (Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada)

Asylum claims and interceptions

Monthly report - Calendar year 2019

RCMP Interceptions
ProvincesJanFebMarAprMayJuneJulyAugSeptOctNovDecTotal
New Brunswick0000000000000
Quebec8718009671,2061,1491,5361,8351,7121,7011,5951,1181,64616,136
Ontario0000000000000
Manitoba11131527262326191892180
Saskatchewan0000001201004
Alberta0100000000001
British Columbia16622252051522178215182
Total - RCMP8888081,0021,2461,1961,5671,8741,7621,7371,6221,1481,65316,503

The number of “RCMP interceptions” refers to asylum seekers apprehended between the ports of entry and does not reflect other border crossings. These numbers may be included in either CBSA or IRCC processing results as the asylum seekers are turned over by the RCMP to these agencies if a claim of refugee status is made.

Asylum Claimants processed by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), January - November 2019

Air Ports of Entry
Provinces/TerritoriesJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecTotal
Newfoundland and Labrador--000----------5----25
Prince Edward Island0000000000000
Nova Scotia00000--0----0005
New Brunswick0000000000000
Quebec2452202302253303253603904453853252953,780
Ontario2202403452652552652752854404054504303,870
Manitoba00000------00--05
Saskatchewan00000--000000--
Alberta105520--20101525151520165
British Columbia152020402015252020252525270
Yukon0000000000000
Northwest Territories0000000000000
Nunavut0000000000000
Total - Air Ports of Entry4954856005506106306757159408408207708,125
Land Ports of Entry
Provinces/TerritoriesJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecTotal
Newfoundland and Labrador000----000--000--
Prince Edward Island0000000000000
Nova Scotia0----00----00--0--15
New Brunswick000000--00--00--
Quebec8557809301,1301,1701,4851,8551,7201,6851,6351,1401,67016,055
Ontario2602302752853203153903503703002602353,590
Manitoba--51520304030303020155240
Saskatchewan--00500----0--0--15
Alberta251515253525504525401510335
British Columbia151035101530202025251515235
Yukon0000000000000
Northwest Territories--00000000000--
Nunavut0--0000000000--
Total - Land Ports of Entry1,1601,0451,2701,4851,5651,8952,3552,1602,1302,0301,4501,94020,490
Marine Ports of Entry
Provinces/TerritoriesJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecTotal
Newfoundland and Labrador000000000--00--
Prince Edward Island0000000000000
Nova Scotia00000--000000--
New Brunswick0000000000000
Quebec0000----5--000--15
Ontario000000--0----00--
Manitoba0000000000000
Saskatchewan0000000000000
Alberta0000000000000
British Columbia0--0--0--0000--0--
Yukon0000000000000
Northwest Territories0000000000000
Nunavut0000000000000
Total - Marine Ports of Entry0--0------10----------25
All Ports of Entry (Air, Land and Marine)
Provinces/TerritoriesJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecTotal
Newfoundland and Labrador--00------------5----30
Prince Edward Island0000000000000
Nova Scotia0----00----------0--20
New Brunswick000000--00--00--
Quebec1,1051,0001,1601,3601,5001,8102,2252,1102,1302,0201,4701,96519,855
Ontario4804706205505755756656308107107106657,460
Manitoba--51520304035303020155245
Saskatchewan--0050------0--0--15
Alberta352020453550606050553030500
British Columbia303055503545504045504540510
Yukon0000000000000
Northwest Territories--00000000000--
Nunavut0--0000000000--
Total - Ports of Entry1,6551,5301,8702,0352,1802,5303,0402,8753,0702,8702,2702,71028,640
Inland Offices
Provinces/TerritoriesJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecTotal
Newfoundland and Labrador0000000000000
Prince Edward Island0000000000000
Nova Scotia0000000000000
New Brunswick0000000000000
Quebec101515202510201010201515195
Ontario301020201520101525201520225
Manitoba000000000--00--
Saskatchewan00000000--000--
Alberta000--000--0--005
British Columbia303035352510302525152520305
Yukon0000000000000
Northwest Territories0000000000000
Nunavut0000000000000
Total - Inland Offices656070756545605065605560730
Summary of Asylum Claimants processed by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), January - December 2019
CBSA designated ports of entry/inland officesJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecTotal
Air Ports of Entry4954856005506106306757159408408207708,125
Land Ports of Entry1,1601,0451,2701,4851,5651,8952,3552,1602,1302,0301,4501,94020,490
Marine Ports of Entry0--0------10----------25
All Ports of Entry (Air, Land and Marine)1,6551,5301,8702,0352,1802,5303,0402,8753,0702,8702,2702,71028,635
Inland Offices656070756545605065605560730
Total - CBSA Land, Air and Marine port of entry and Inland Offices1,7201,5901,9402,1102,2402,5753,1002,9303,1352,9302,3252,77029,365

These statistics include asylum claimants intercepted by the RCMP and brought to a CBSA designated port of entry or inland office, and do not include asylum claims made at Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada offices. Figures may vary slightly depending on the date when the claim was received.

Please note that all values between 0 and 5 are shown as “--”. This is done to prevent individuals from being identified when data is compiled and compared to other publicly available statistics. All other values are rounded to the closest multiple of 5 for the same reason; as a result of rounding, data may not sum to the totals indicated.

Asylum Claimants processed by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), January - December 2019
Provinces/TerritoriesJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecTotal
Newfoundland and Labrador--------050--00--015
Prince Edward Island0000000000000
Nova Scotia101055------501025--80
New Brunswick10--------0----5--10--40
Quebec7457556706607157351,0359359301,0501,0001,13010,360
Ontario1,6451,5751,3301,2351,3701,1801,8701,9451,9651,9701,5801,53519,200
Manitoba1025--102010253020151010180
Saskatchewan1555----5--10105101590
Alberta100105951051201152051151451451201551,530
British Columbia1751751751951852153953252853252852252,965
Yukon0000000000000
Northwest Territories0000000000000
Nunavut0000000000000
Outside Canada0000000000000
Total - IRCC2,7102,6502,2902,2102,4202,2653,5353,3703,3653,5253,0403,07534,460

Please note that all values between 0 and 5 are shown as “--”. This is done to prevent individuals from being identified when data is compiled and compared to other publicly available statistics. All other values are rounded to the closest multiple of 5 for the same reason; as a result of rounding, data may not sum to the totals indicated.

Total Asylum Claimants processed by the CBSA and IRCC, January - December 2019
Provinces/TerritoriesJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecTotal
Newfoundland and Labrador----------10--5--55--45
Prince Edward Island0000000000000
Nova Scotia1015105--10--10--1025--100
New Brunswick10--------0----5--10--40
Quebec1,8551,7701,8402,0402,2402,5603,2803,0553,0703,0952,4853,11030,410
Ontario2,1552,0501,9701,8051,9601,7752,5452,5902,8052,7052,3052,22026,885
Manitoba103020305550556045352515425
Saskatchewan155510--551015101015105
Alberta1351301201551551602651751952051501852,035
British Columbia2302352652752452704703903603903502903,775
Yukon0000000000000
Northwest Territories--00000000000--
Nunavut0--0000000000--
Outside Canada0000000000000
Total - CBSA & IRCC4,4304,2404,2304,3204,6654,8406,6356,3006,5006,4555,3655,84563,830

Please note that all values between 0 and 5 are shown as “--”. This is done to prevent individuals from being identified when data is compiled and compared to other publicly available statistics. All other values are rounded to the closest multiple of 5 for the same reason; as a result of rounding, data may not sum to the totals indicated.

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