#WelcomeRefugees: The Journey to Canada

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Total Refugees 26,172
November 4, 2015, to March 1, 2016
Data updated as of November 2016.

Admissions by country

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Countries where Syrian refugees were living (Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey)

99 Flights



Admissions by program

Percentage of arrived Syrian refugees by program stream

Program Percentage
Government-Assisted Refugees (GAR) 57
Privately Sponsored Refugees (PSR) 34
Blended Visa Office-Referred Refugees (BVOR) 8
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Destination by province

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Breakdown in percentage of where Syrian refugees have gone to in Canada

Destination province or territory Percentage
Alberta 13
British Columbia 9
Manitoba 4
New Brunswick 5
Newfoundland and Labrador 1
Nova Scotia 4
Ontario 41
Prince Edward Island 1
Saskatchewan 4
Quebec 19
Yukon <1

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Breakdown by age

Age range Percentage Total persons
0 to 4 3,587 13.7
5 to 9 4,842 18.5
10 to 14 3,272 12.5
15 to 19 1,933 7.4
20 to 59 11,666 44.6
60 and older 872 3.3

Family size

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Due to rounding the percentages may not equal 100%

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Breakdown by family size

Family Size Percentage
4 to 6 people 40
7 to 10 people 10
2 to 3 people 18
Single 32

Medical results

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Breakdown by medical results

  • More than 15% had a medical condition identified that has no impact on public health or public safety
    • Hypertension
    • Diabetes
    • Nervous System Disorder
    • Renal Disorder
    • Heart Disease
    • Developmental Delay
  • Less than 1% required surveillance with provinces/territories for inactive tuberculosis once in Canada
  • Less than 1% were flagged for additional health information


Language Percentage
English 34
French 2
Neither 62
Not stated 2

Self-reported; fluency may vary.

Education of refugees 18 and over

Level of education Percentage
Secondary or less 69
Formal trade certification or apprenticeship/non-university certificate or diploma 10
Some university and above 21
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