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
ProvincesJanFebMarAprMayJuneJulyTotal
Newfoundland and Labrador00000011
New Brunswick00000000
Quebec1,08697693011728293,067
Ontario00000000
Manitoba727001219
Saskatchewan00000000
Alberta00000000
British Columbia72185431756
Total - RCMP1,10098095562132493,143

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/TerritoriesJanFebMarAprMayJunJulTotal
Newfoundland and Labrador00000000
Prince Edward Island00000000
Nova Scotia00000000
New Brunswick00000000
Quebec245330185----55775
Ontario280295185----1015795
Manitoba00--0000--
Saskatchewan00000000
Alberta----5000010
British Columbia352020--0----75
Yukon00000000
Northwest Territories00000000
Nunavut00000000
Total - Air Ports of Entry5656503955515251,660
Land Ports of Entry
Provinces/TerritoriesJanFebMarAprMayJunJulTotal
Newfoundland and Labrador00000000
Prince Edward Island00000000
Nova Scotia00000000
New Brunswick--0--000----
Quebec1,1251,01096515140801203,455
Ontario19017514010406080695
Manitoba5--50------20
Saskatchewan--0--00------
Alberta--10200--01045
British Columbia15205----102070
Yukon00000000
Northwest Territories00000000
Nunavut00000000
Total - Land Ports of Entry1,3451,2151,140351851502304,295
Marine Ports of Entry
Provinces/TerritoriesJanFebMarAprMayJunJulTotal
Newfoundland and Labrador00000000
Prince Edward Island00000000
Nova Scotia0000----0--
New Brunswick00000000
Quebec00000------
Ontario00000000
Manitoba00000000
Saskatchewan00000000
Alberta00000000
British Columbia000--000--
Yukon00000000
Northwest Territories00000000
Nunavut00000000
Total - Marine Ports of Entry000----5--10
All Ports of Entry (Air, Land and Marine)
Provinces/TerritoriesJanFebMarAprMayJunJulTotal
Newfoundland and Labrador00000000
Prince Edward Island00000000
Nova Scotia0000----0--
New Brunswick--0--000----
Quebec1,3751,3401,14520140901254,235
Ontario470470325154565951,490
Manitoba5--50------20
Saskatchewan--0--00------
Alberta515250--01060
British Columbia50402510--1020155
Yukon00000000
Northwest Territories00000000
Nunavut00000000
Total - Ports of Entry1,9101,8651,530451951702555,965
Inland Offices
Provinces/TerritoriesJanFebMarAprMayJunJulTotal
Newfoundland and Labrador000000----
Prince Edward Island00000000
Nova Scotia00--0000--
New Brunswick00000000
Quebec201510--55--65
Ontario251020------575
Manitoba00--0000--
Saskatchewan--000000--
Alberta00000000
British Columbia15203000101090
Yukon00000000
Northwest Territories00000000
Nunavut00000000
Total - Inland Offices6050655102020235
Summary of Asylum Claimants processed by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), January - July 2020
CBSA designated ports of entry/inland officesJanFebMarAprMayJunJulTotal
Air Ports of Entry5656503955515251,660
Land Ports of Entry1,3451,2151,140351851502304,295
Marine Ports of Entry000----5--10
All Ports of Entry (Air, Land and Marine)1,9101,8651,530451951702555,965
Inland Offices6050655102020235
Total - CBSA Land, Air and Marine port of entry and Inland Offices1,9701,9101,595502051902756,200

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 - July 2020
Provinces/TerritoriesJanFebMarAprMayJunJulTotal
Newfoundland and Labrador0000--00--
Prince Edward Island000--0----5
Nova Scotia515--1010----45
New Brunswick--100--5----25
Quebec9056555953302654202203,395
Ontario1,3901,1601,0708407006652806,110
Manitoba202030205105115
Saskatchewan------5--0--15
Alberta1551209065605040575
British Columbia225240185245150165601,275
Yukon00000000
Northwest Territories00000000
Nunavut00000000
Outside Canada00000000
Total - IRCC2,7002,2301,9851,5201,2001,32060511,560

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 - July 2020
Provinces/TerritoriesJanFebMarAprMayJunJulTotal
Newfoundland and Labrador0000--0----
Prince Edward Island000--0----5
Nova Scotia515510105--50
New Brunswick--10----5----25
Quebec2,3002,0101,7553504155203457,695
Ontario1,8851,6451,4158607507353857,670
Manitoba2520402051010135
Saskatchewan------5------20
Alberta16013512065605050635
British Columbia290300240255150190901,515
Yukon00000000
Northwest Territories00000000
Nunavut00000000
Outside Canada00000000
Total - CBSA & IRCC4,6754,1403,5801,5701,4001,51088517,760

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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