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
ProvincesJanFebMarAprMayJuneJulyAugustSeptOctTotal
Newfoundland and Labrador00000010001
New Brunswick00000000000
Quebec1,08697693011728291530273,139
Ontario00000000000
Manitoba727001234026
Saskatchewan00000000000
Alberta00000000000
British Columbia72185431707568
Total - RCMP1,10098095562132491841323,234

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 - July 2020

Air Ports of Entry
Provinces/TerritoriesJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctTotal
Newfoundland and Labrador00000000000
Prince Edward Island00000000000
Nova Scotia00000000000
New Brunswick00000000000
Quebec245330185----5515--10800
Ontario280295185----1015251520860
Manitoba00--0000000--
Saskatchewan00000000000
Alberta----5000000010
British Columbia352020--0----0--080
Yukon00000000000
Northwest Territories00000000000
Nunavut00000000000
Total - Air Ports of Entry5656503955515254025301,750
Land Ports of Entry
Provinces/TerritoriesJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctTotal
Newfoundland and Labrador00000000000
Prince Edward Island00000000000
Nova Scotia00000000000
New Brunswick--0--000--00--5
Quebec1,1251,01096515140801201201001403,820
Ontario190175140104055801001301401,060
Manitoba5--50----------025
Saskatchewan--0--00----000--
Alberta--10200--010----1065
British Columbia15205----520151525125
Yukon00000000000
Northwest Territories00000000000
Nunavut00000000000
Total - Land Ports of Entry1,3451,2151,140351851452302452503255,110
Marine Ports of Entry
Provinces/TerritoriesJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctTotal
Newfoundland and Labrador00000000000
Prince Edward Island00000000000
Nova Scotia0000----0000--
New Brunswick00000000000
Quebec00000----000--
Ontario00000000000
Manitoba00000000000
Saskatchewan00000000000
Alberta00000000000
British Columbia000--0000--05
Yukon00000000000
Northwest Territories00000000000
Nunavut00000000000
Total - Marine Ports of Entry000----5--0--015
All Ports of Entry (Air, Land and Marine)
Provinces/TerritoriesJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctTotal
Newfoundland and Labrador00000000000
Prince Edward Island00000000000
Nova Scotia0000----0000--
New Brunswick--0--000--00--5
Quebec1,3751,3401,14520140901251351051504,625
Ontario470470325154565951251451601,920
Manitoba5--50----------025
Saskatchewan--0--00----000--
Alberta515250--010----1080
British Columbia50402510--520152025210
Yukon00000000000
Northwest Territories00000000000
Nunavut00000000000
Total - Ports of Entry1,9101,8651,530451951652552852753506,875
Inland Offices
Provinces/TerritoriesJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctTotal
Newfoundland and Labrador000000----00--
Prince Edward Island00000000000
Nova Scotia00--0000000--
New Brunswick00000000000
Quebec201510--5555----80
Ontario251520------5510--90
Manitoba00--00000--0--
Saskatchewan--000000000--
Alberta00--0000--00--
British Columbia15203000151010155125
Yukon00000000000
Northwest Territories00000000000
Nunavut00000000000
Total - Inland Offices6050655102025252515305
Summary of Asylum Claimants processed by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), January - October 2020
CBSA designated ports of entry/inland officesJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctTotal
Air Ports of Entry5656503955515254025301,750
Land Ports of Entry1,3451,2151,140351851452302452503255,110
Marine Ports of Entry000----5--0--015
All Ports of Entry (Air, Land and Marine)1,9101,8651,530451951652552852753506,875
Inland Offices6050655102025252515305
Total - CBSA Land, Air and Marine port of entry and Inland Offices1,9701,9151,595502051902803103003657,175

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 - October 2020
Provinces/TerritoriesJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctTotal
Newfoundland and Labrador0000--000--0--
Prince Edward Island000--0----0----10
Nova Scotia515--1010----00555
New Brunswick--100--5--------025
Quebec9056555953302654202252453402854,270
Ontario1,3901,1601,0758307006652853604154957,375
Manitoba2020302051055510130
Saskatchewan------5--0----0525
Alberta1551209065605040354535700
British Columbia22524018525015017060801001101,570
Yukon00--0000000--
Northwest Territories00000000000
Nunavut00000000000
Outside Canada00000000000
Total - IRCC2,7002,2301,9901,5151,1951,31562573091594514,160

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 - October 2020
Provinces/TerritoriesJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctTotal
Newfoundland and Labrador0000--0------05
Prince Edward Island000--0----0----10
Nova Scotia515510105--00555
New Brunswick--10----5----------30
Quebec2,3002,0101,7553504155153553854454358,970
Ontario1,8851,6451,4208507457303904955706609,385
Manitoba2520402051010101010160
Saskatchewan------5--------0530
Alberta16013512065605050455050780
British Columbia290300240260150190901051351451,910
Yukon00--0000000--
Northwest Territories00000000000
Nunavut00000000000
Outside Canada00000000000
Total - CBSA & IRCC4,6754,1453,5801,5651,4001,5059051,0401,2151,31021,335

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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