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
ProvincesJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSeptOctNovDecTotal
New Brunswick0000000000000
Quebec2839292912112863150968322,7784,095
Ontario0000000000000
Manitoba10523052001019
Saskatchewan0000000000000
Alberta0000000000000
British Columbia1012213661119171233132
Total - RCMP39403633281739761691138452,8114,246

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 2021 - December 2021

Air Ports of Entry
Provinces/TerritoriesJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecTotal
Newfoundland and Labrador0000000000000
Prince Edward Island0000000000000
Nova Scotia000--00000000--
New Brunswick0000000000000
Quebec20151510151035451703704554701,630
Ontario45302040353530652553003304451,635
Manitoba0000000000000
Saskatchewan0000000000000
Alberta----00--0--0--10351060
British Columbia------0--1010510202050140
Yukon0000000000000
Northwest Territories0000000000000
Nunavut0000000000000
Total - Air Ports of Entry704535505555751204407008409803,465
Land Ports of Entry
Provinces/TerritoriesJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecTotal
Newfoundland and Labrador0000000000000
Prince Edward Island0000000000000
Nova Scotia0000000000000
New Brunswick--000--0--050----15
Quebec9510065951001101403003703951,0002,8805,650
Ontario135115951101201351952855103753404402,850
Manitoba00--------5----------30
Saskatchewan0--0--0----00--005
Alberta--10255--1025101525405180
British Columbia10105151015103025201535205
Yukon0000000000000
Northwest Territories0000000000000
Nunavut0000000000000
Total - Land Ports of Entry2502351902302402753756259358201,3953,3658,935
Marine Ports of Entry
Provinces/TerritoriesJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecTotal
Newfoundland and Labrador0000000000000
Prince Edward Island0000000000000
Nova Scotia0000000000000
New Brunswick0000000000000
Quebec--0----00--000----15
Ontario0000000000000
Manitoba0000000000000
Saskatchewan0000000000000
Alberta0000000000000
British Columbia0000500--00005
Yukon0000000000000
Northwest Territories0000000000000
Nunavut0000000000000
Total - Marine Ports of Entry--0----50----00----20
All Ports of Entry (Air, Land and Marine)
Provinces/TerritoriesJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecTotal
Newfoundland and Labrador0000000000000
Prince Edward Island0000000000000
Nova Scotia000--00000000--
New Brunswick--000--0--050----15
Quebec120115801051151201753455457651,4553,3557,290
Ontario1801451151501501752203507706756708854,485
Manitoba00--------5----------30
Saskatchewan0--0--0----00--005
Alberta510255510251020307520240
British Columbia151010152020253535453585350
Yukon0000000000000
Northwest Territories0000000000000
Nunavut0000000000000
Total - Ports of Entry3252852302852953304507451,3751,5202,2404,35012,420
Inland Offices
Provinces/TerritoriesJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecTotal
Newfoundland and Labrador0000000000000
Prince Edward Island0000000000000
Nova Scotia0000000000000
New Brunswick000000000--00--
Quebec5------55--0555545
Ontario515101551015--10101015125
Manitoba00000000000----
Saskatchewan00000000--000--
Alberta0--0000000000--
British Columbia15101552015202520252040235
Yukon0000000000000
Northwest Territories0000000000000
Nunavut0000000000000
Total - Inland Offices253025203030352540454065405
Summary of Asylum Claimants processed by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), January 2021 - December 2021
CBSA designated ports of entry/inland officesJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecTotal
Air Ports of Entry704535505555751204407008409803,465
Land Ports of Entry2502351902302402753756259358201,3953,3658,935
Marine Ports of Entry--0----50----00----20
All Ports of Entry (Air, Land and Marine)3252852302852953304507451,3751,5202,2404,35012,420
Inland Offices253025203030352540454065405
Total - CBSA Land, Air and Marine port of entry and Inland Offices3503102553053253554857701,4101,5652,2804,41012,830

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 2021 - December 2021
Provinces/TerritoriesJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecTotal
Newfoundland and Labrador--0--0----000----515
Prince Edward Island00--000--050--010
Nova Scotia----5------0--555--40
New Brunswick55--0----0--0------25
Quebec2152002701801951501551701902353404702,765
Ontario4404805404554704504504005606251,0901,1557,110
Manitoba--10--5555----5252095
Saskatchewan5----5----5--------030
Alberta6540656045304035358080105690
British Columbia12085115901051058570901201651901,340
Yukon0000000000000
Northwest Territories0000000000--0--
Nunavut0000000000000
Outside Canada0000000000000
Total - IRCC8508201,0058008307507456859001,0851,7151,95012,125

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 2021 - December 2021
Provinces/TerritoriesJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecTotal
Newfoundland and Labrador--0--0----000----515
Prince Edward Island00--000--050--010
Nova Scotia----5------0--555--40
New Brunswick105--05------5------40
Quebec3403153502853152753305157401,0051,8053,83010,100
Ontario6256406656156256356857601,3351,3101,7702,05511,720
Manitoba--1051010510--5103025125
Saskatchewan5----5----5--5----040
Alberta705090705045654555115160125935
British Columbia1451101401151451401301301451902203201,925
Yukon0000000000000
Northwest Territories0000000000--0--
Nunavut0000000000000
Outside Canada0000000000000
Total - CBSA & IRCC1,1951,1301,2601,1051,1551,1051,2301,4552,3102,6503,9956,36524,955

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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