Asylum claims by year – 2021

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.

These numbers reflect asylum claim numbers for 2021 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 2021

RCMP Interceptions
ProvincesJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugTotal
New Brunswick000000000
Quebec2839292912112863239
Ontario000000000
Manitoba1052305218
Saskatchewan000000000
Alberta000000000
British Columbia1012213661151
Total - RCMP3940363328173976308

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 - December 2021

Air Ports of Entry
Provinces/TerritoriesJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugTotal
Newfoundland and Labrador000000000
Prince Edward Island000000000
Nova Scotia000--0000--
New Brunswick000000000
Quebec2015151015103545165
Ontario4530204035352565300
Manitoba000000000
Saskatchewan000000000
Alberta----00--0----5
British Columbia------0--1010540
Yukon000000000
Northwest Territories000000000
Nunavut000000000
Total - Air Ports of Entry70454050555575120510
Land Ports of Entry
Provinces/TerritoriesJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugTotal
Newfoundland and Labrador000000000
Prince Edward Island000000000
Nova Scotia000000000
New Brunswick--000--0--05
Quebec9510065951001151503051,025
Ontario135115951101201401952901,190
Manitoba00--------5--20
Saskatchewan0--0--0----05
Alberta--10255--10251090
British Columbia101051510151025110
Yukon000000000
Northwest Territories000000000
Nunavut000000000
Total - Land Ports of Entry2452351952352402853856302,450
Marine Ports of Entry
Provinces/TerritoriesJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugTotal
Newfoundland and Labrador000000000
Prince Edward Island000000000
Nova Scotia000000000
New Brunswick000000000
Quebec--0----00--010
Ontario000000000
Manitoba000000000
Saskatchewan000000000
Alberta000000000
British Columbia0000500--5
Yukon000000000
Northwest Territories000000000
Nunavut000000000
Total - Marine Ports of Entry--0----50----15
All Ports of Entry (Air, Land and Marine)
Provinces/TerritoriesJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugTotal
Newfoundland and Labrador000000000
Prince Edward Island000000000
Nova Scotia000--0000--
New Brunswick--000--0--05
Quebec120110801101151251853501,200
Ontario1801451151501551752203551,490
Manitoba00--------5--20
Saskatchewan0--0--0----05
Alberta5102555102510100
British Columbia1510101520202535150
Yukon000000000
Northwest Territories000000000
Nunavut000000000
Total - Ports of Entry3202802302853003404657552,970
Inland Offices
Provinces/TerritoriesJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugTotal
Newfoundland and Labrador000000000
Prince Edward Island000000000
Nova Scotia000000000
New Brunswick000000000
Quebec--------550020
Ontario515101551015--75
Manitoba000000000
Saskatchewan000000000
Alberta0--000000--
British Columbia1510151020152020125
Yukon000000000
Northwest Territories000000000
Nunavut000000000
Total - Inland Offices2530252030303525220
Summary of Asylum Claimants processed by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), January - August 2021
CBSA designated ports of entry/inland officesJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugTotal
Air Ports of Entry70454050555575120510
Land Ports of Entry2452351952352402853856302,450
Marine Ports of Entry--0----50----15
All Ports of Entry (Air, Land and Marine)3202802302853003404657552,970
Inland Offices2530252030303525220
Total - CBSA Land, Air and Marine port of entry and Inland Offices3453102553103253654957803,190

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 - August 2021
Provinces/TerritoriesJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugTotal
Newfoundland and Labrador--0--0----005
Prince Edward Island00--000--0--
Nova Scotia----5------0--20
New Brunswick55--00--0--20
Quebec2202002701801951551601701,550
Ontario4354855604554754504554003,720
Manitoba--10555--5--40
Saskatchewan5----5----5--25
Alberta6540656045354040390
British Columbia11585115901051008570765
Yukon000000000
Northwest Territories000000000
Nunavut000000000
Outside Canada000000000
Total - IRCC8508251,0308058357557506856,530

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 - August 2021
Provinces/TerritoriesJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugTotal
Newfoundland and Labrador--0--0----005
Prince Edward Island00--000--0--
Nova Scotia----5------0--20
New Brunswick105--0--------25
Quebec3403153502903152853455202,765
Ontario6206456856156356356907605,285
Manitoba--10101010510--60
Saskatchewan5----5----5--30
Alberta7050907050456550490
British Columbia1451101401151401401301251,040
Yukon000000000
Northwest Territories000000000
Nunavut000000000
Outside Canada000000000
Total - CBSA & IRCC1,1951,1351,2851,1151,1601,1201,2501,4659,720

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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