Asylum claims by year – 2020

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 2020 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 2020

RCMP Interceptions
ProvincesJanFebMarAprMayTotal
New Brunswick000000
Quebec1,0869769301173,010
Ontario000000
Manitoba7270016
Saskatchewan000000
Alberta000000
British Columbia72185436
Total - RCMP1,1009809556213,062

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 - May 2020

Air Ports of Entry
Provinces/TerritoriesJanFebMarAprMayTotal
Newfoundland and Labrador000000
Prince Edward Island000000
Nova Scotia000000
New Brunswick000000
Quebec245330185----765
Ontario280295185----770
Manitoba00--00--
Saskatchewan000000
Alberta----50010
British Columbia352020--075
Yukon000000
Northwest Territories000000
Nunavut000000
Total - Air Ports of Entry565650395551,620
Land Ports of Entry
Provinces/TerritoriesJanFebMarAprMayTotal
Newfoundland and Labrador000000
Prince Edward Island000000
Nova Scotia000000
New Brunswick--0--00--
Quebec1,1251,010965151403,260
Ontario1901751451040560
Manitoba5--50--15
Saskatchewan--0--00--
Alberta--10200--35
British Columbia15205----45
Yukon000000
Northwest Territories000000
Nunavut000000
Total - Land Ports of Entry1,3451,2151,140351853,920
Marine Ports of Entry
Provinces/TerritoriesJanFebMarAprMayTotal
Newfoundland and Labrador000000
Prince Edward Island000000
Nova Scotia0000----
New Brunswick000000
Quebec000000
Ontario000000
Manitoba000000
Saskatchewan000000
Alberta000000
British Columbia000--0--
Yukon000000
Northwest Territories000000
Nunavut000000
Total - Marine Ports of Entry000----5
All Ports of Entry (Air, Land and Marine)
Provinces/TerritoriesJanFebMarAprMayTotal
Newfoundland and Labrador000000
Prince Edward Island000000
Nova Scotia0000----
New Brunswick--0--00--
Quebec1,3751,3401,145201454,025
Ontario47047032515451,330
Manitoba5--50--15
Saskatchewan--0--00--
Alberta515250--50
British Columbia50402510--125
Yukon000000
Northwest Territories000000
Nunavut000000
Total - Ports of Entry1,9101,8651,535451955,545
Inland Offices
Provinces/TerritoriesJanFebMarAprMayTotal
Newfoundland and Labrador000000
Prince Edward Island000000
Nova Scotia00--00--
New Brunswick000000
Quebec201510--555
Ontario251015----60
Manitoba00--00--
Saskatchewan--0000--
Alberta000000
British Columbia1515300060
Yukon000000
Northwest Territories000000
Nunavut000000
Total - Inland Offices604560510180
Summary of Asylum Claimants processed by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), January - May 2020
CBSA designated ports of entry/inland officesJanFebMarAprMayTotal
Air Ports of Entry565650395551,620
Land Ports of Entry1,3451,2151,140351853,920
Marine Ports of Entry000----5
All Ports of Entry (Air, Land and Marine)1,9101,8651,535451955,545
Inland Offices604560510180
Total - CBSA Land, Air and Marine port of entry and Inland Offices1,9701,9051,595502055,730

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 - May 2020
Provinces/TerritoriesJanFebMarAprMayTotal
Newfoundland and Labrador0000----
Prince Edward Island000--0--
Nova Scotia515--101040
New Brunswick--100--520
Quebec9056555953302652,750
Ontario1,3901,1601,0708356955,155
Manitoba202030205100
Saskatchewan------5--15
Alberta155120906555485
British Columbia2252401852451451,050
Yukon000000
Northwest Territories000000
Nunavut000000
Outside Canada000000
Total - IRCC2,7002,2301,9801,5201,1859,620

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 - May 2020
Provinces/TerritoriesJanFebMarAprMayTotal
Newfoundland and Labrador0000----
Prince Edward Island000--0--
Nova Scotia5155101045
New Brunswick--10----520
Quebec2,3002,0101,7553504156,830
Ontario1,8851,6451,4158557456,545
Manitoba252540205115
Saskatchewan------5--20
Alberta1601351206555535
British Columbia2902952402551501,235
Yukon000000
Northwest Territories000000
Nunavut000000
Outside Canada000000
Total - CBSA & IRCC4,6754,1403,5751,5701,39015,350

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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