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
ProvincesJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSeptOctNovTotal
New Brunswick000000000000
Quebec2839292912112863150968321,317
Ontario000000000000
Manitoba1052305200119
Saskatchewan000000000000
Alberta000000000000
British Columbia1012213661119171299
Total - RCMP39403633281739761691138451,435

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 - September 2021

Air Ports of Entry
Provinces/TerritoriesJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovTotal
Newfoundland and Labrador000000000000
Prince Edward Island000000000000
Nova Scotia000--0000000--
New Brunswick000000000000
Quebec20151510151035451703704551,160
Ontario45302040353530652603003301,185
Manitoba000000000000
Saskatchewan000000000000
Alberta----00--0--0--103550
British Columbia------0--1010510202090
Yukon000000000000
Northwest Territories000000000000
Nunavut000000000000
Total - Air Ports of Entry704535505555751204407008402,485
Land Ports of Entry
Provinces/TerritoriesJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovTotal
Newfoundland and Labrador000000000000
Prince Edward Island000000000000
Nova Scotia000000000000
New Brunswick--000--0--050--10
Quebec9510065951001151403003804151,0102,815
Ontario135115951101201351952905153753452,420
Manitoba00--------5--5----30
Saskatchewan0--0--0----00--05
Alberta--10255--102510152535170
British Columbia101051510151030252515170
Yukon000000000000
Northwest Territories000000000000
Nunavut000000000000
Total - Land Ports of Entry2452351952302402803806259508401,4055,625
Marine Ports of Entry
Provinces/TerritoriesJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovTotal
Newfoundland and Labrador000000000000
Prince Edward Island000000000000
Nova Scotia000000000000
New Brunswick000000000000
Quebec--0----00--000--10
Ontario000000000000
Manitoba000000000000
Saskatchewan000000000000
Alberta000000000000
British Columbia0000500--0005
Yukon000000000000
Northwest Territories000000000000
Nunavut000000000000
Total - Marine Ports of Entry--0----50----00--15
All Ports of Entry (Air, Land and Marine)
Provinces/TerritoriesJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovTotal
Newfoundland and Labrador000000000000
Prince Edward Island000000000000
Nova Scotia000--0000000--
New Brunswick--000--0--050--10
Quebec120110801101151251753455507851,4653,985
Ontario1801451151501501752203557706756753,605
Manitoba00--------5--5----30
Saskatchewan0--0--0----00--05
Alberta5102555102510203070220
British Columbia1510101520202535354535265
Yukon000000000000
Northwest Territories000000000000
Nunavut000000000000
Total - Ports of Entry3202802302852953354557451,3901,5402,2508,125
Inland Offices
Provinces/TerritoriesJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovTotal
Newfoundland and Labrador000000000000
Prince Edward Island000000000000
Nova Scotia000000000000
New Brunswick000000000--0--
Quebec5------55--055535
Ontario515101551015--101010110
Manitoba000000000000
Saskatchewan00000000--00--
Alberta0--000000000--
British Columbia151015520152025202520195
Yukon000000000000
Northwest Territories000000000000
Nunavut000000000000
Total - Inland Offices2530252030303530404540340
Summary of Asylum Claimants processed by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), January - November 2021
Air Ports of EntryJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovTotal
Land Ports of Entry2452351952302402803806259508401,4055,625
Marine Ports of Entry--0----50----00--15
All Ports of Entry (Air, Land and Marine)3202802302852953354557451,3901,5402,2508,125
Inland Offices2530252030303530404540340
Total - CBSA Land, Air and Marine port of entry and Inland Offices3453102553053253604907751,4251,5852,2908,465

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 - November 2021
Provinces/TerritoriesJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovTotal
Prince Edward Island00--000--050010
Nova Scotia----5------0--55030
New Brunswick55--0----0--00020
Quebec2102002701801951551601701952554802,470
Ontario435485555455470450455405555350904,700
Manitoba510555--5----90350485
Saskatchewan5----5----5------030
Alberta6540656045304040355515490
British Columbia11585115901051008570953307501,940
Yukon000000000000
Northwest Territories000000000000
Nunavut000000000000
Outside Canada000000000000
Total - IRCC8408251,0208058307557506858951,0851,68510,180

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 - November 2021
Provinces/TerritoriesJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovTotal
Nova Scotia----5------0--55030
New Brunswick105--05------5----35
Quebec3353153502903152853355157501,0501,9556,490
Ontario6206456806156256356907601,3351,0357758,415
Manitoba510101010510--1095355515
Saskatchewan5----5----5--5--035
Alberta7050907050456545558585710
British Columbia1401051401151401401301301504008052,400
Yukon000000000000
Northwest Territories000000000000
Nunavut000000000000
Outside Canada000000000000
Total - CBSA & IRCC1,1851,1351,2801,1101,1551,1151,2401,4602,3252,6753,97518,650

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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