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
Provinces Jan Feb Mar Total
New Brunswick 0 0 0 0
Quebec 28 39 29 96
Ontario 0 0 0 0
Manitoba 1 0 5 6
Saskatchewan 0 0 0 0
Alberta 0 0 0 0
British Columbia 10 1 2 13
Total - RCMP 39 40 36 115

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/Territories Jan Feb Mar Total
Newfoundland and Labrador 0 0 0 0
Prince Edward Island 0 0 0 0
Nova Scotia 0 0 0 0
New Brunswick 0 0 0 0
Quebec 20 15 15 50
Ontario 45 30 20 95
Manitoba 0 0 0 0
Saskatchewan 0 0 0 0
Alberta -- -- 0 --
British Columbia -- -- -- 10
Yukon 0 0 0 0
Northwest Territories 0 0 0 0
Nunavut 0 0 0 0
Total - Air Ports of Entry 70 45 40 155
Land Ports of Entry
Provinces/Territories Jan Feb Mar Total
Newfoundland and Labrador 0 0 0 0
Prince Edward Island 0 0 0 0
Nova Scotia 0 0 0 0
New Brunswick -- 0 0 --
Quebec 95 100 70 265
Ontario 135 115 95 345
Manitoba 0 0 -- --
Saskatchewan 0 -- 0 --
Alberta -- 10 25 35
British Columbia 10 10 5 25
Yukon 0 0 0 0
Northwest Territories 0 0 0 0
Nunavut 0 0 0 0
Total - Land Ports of Entry 250 235 200 685
Marine Ports of Entry
Provinces/Territories Jan Feb Mar Total
Newfoundland and Labrador 0 0 0 0
Prince Edward Island 0 0 0 0
Nova Scotia 0 0 0 0
New Brunswick 0 0 0 0
Quebec -- 0 -- --
Ontario 0 0 0 0
Manitoba 0 0 0 0
Saskatchewan 0 0 0 0
Alberta 0 0 0 0
British Columbia 0 0 0 0
Yukon 0 0 0 0
Northwest Territories 0 0 0 0
Nunavut 0 0 0 0
Total - Marine Ports of Entry -- 0 -- --
All Ports of Entry (Air, Land and Marine)
Provinces/Territories Jan Feb Mar Total
Newfoundland and Labrador 0 0 0 0
Prince Edward Island 0 0 0 0
Nova Scotia 0 0 0 0
New Brunswick -- 0 0 --
Quebec 120 110 85 315
Ontario 180 145 115 440
Manitoba 0 0 -- --
Saskatchewan 0 -- 0 --
Alberta 5 10 25 40
British Columbia 15 10 10 35
Yukon 0 0 0 0
Northwest Territories 0 0 0 0
Nunavut 0 0 0 0
Total - Ports of Entry 320 285 240 840
Inland Offices
Provinces/Territories Jan Feb Mar Total
Newfoundland and Labrador 0 0 0 0
Prince Edward Island 0 0 0 0
Nova Scotia 0 0 0 0
New Brunswick 0 0 0 0
Quebec -- -- -- 10
Ontario 5 15 10 25
Manitoba 0 0 0 0
Saskatchewan 0 0 0 0
Alberta 0 -- 0 --
British Columbia 20 10 10 40
Yukon 0 0 0 0
Northwest Territories 0 0 0 0
Nunavut 0 0 0 0
Total - Inland Offices 30 25 20 75
Summary of Asylum Claimants processed by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), January - March 2021
CBSA designated ports of entry/inland offices Jan Feb Mar Total
Air Ports of Entry 70 45 40 155
Land Ports of Entry 250 235 200 685
Marine Ports of Entry -- 0 -- --
All Ports of Entry (Air, Land and Marine) 320 285 240 840
Inland Offices 30 25 20 75
Total - CBSA Land, Air and Marine port of entry and Inland Offices 345 310 260 915

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 - March 2021
Provinces/Territories Jan Feb Mar Total
Newfoundland and Labrador -- 0 -- --
Prince Edward Island 0 0 -- --
Nova Scotia -- -- 5 10
New Brunswick -- 5 -- 10
Quebec 215 200 270 685
Ontario 440 485 555 1,480
Manitoba -- 10 5 20
Saskatchewan 5 -- -- 5
Alberta 65 40 65 170
British Columbia 115 85 115 315
Yukon 0 0 0 0
Northwest Territories 0 0 0 0
Nunavut 0 0 0 0
Outside Canada 0 0 0 0
Total - IRCC 850 825 1,020 2,700

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 - March 2021
Provinces/Territories Jan Feb Mar Total
Newfoundland and Labrador -- 0 -- --
Prince Edward Island 0 0 -- --
Nova Scotia -- -- 5 10
New Brunswick 5 5 -- 15
Quebec 340 315 355 1,010
Ontario 625 645 680 1,945
Manitoba -- 10 10 20
Saskatchewan 5 -- -- 10
Alberta 70 50 90 210
British Columbia 145 105 135 390
Yukon 0 0 0 0
Northwest Territories 0 0 0 0
Nunavut 0 0 0 0
Outside Canada 0 0 0 0
Total - CBSA & IRCC 1,200 1,135 1,280 3,615

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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