Profile of Muslims In Canada

A mosque on Victoria Park Avenue, Toronto

Prepared by Abdul Malik Mujahid with assistance from Amerah Egab in 

POPULATION

  • Muslims in Canada today number more than 750,000
  • According to the 2001 census the Canadian population consisted of 579, 600 Muslims, representing 2% of the Canadian population
  • If Muslim maintained the same growth rate as the last decade since the census, today Muslims in Canada number 753,480. (From 2001 to 2003, according to statistics from Citizenship and Immigration Canada, an estimated 132,600 Muslims immigrated to Canada. That?s a rise of 23 percent)
  • Ontario contains 61% of the entire Muslim population
  • 5% of all Toronto population is Muslims, making Toronto the highest concentration of Muslims in any city in the US or Canada
  • There are 21 Federal ridings with 7% to 14% Muslim population which can emerge as a major electoral force
  • There are 21 Federal ridings with 7% to 14% Muslim population which can emerge as a major electoral force

-- Considering that most Canadians still favor immigration and considering immigrants becoming politically significant, it is likely that open immigration will continue

-- Since the September 11 terrorist attacks many Muslims have begun to look to Canada as an alternative to the United States, where they fear bias and harassment

-- This is especially true with international students who have come to Canada in much larger numbers since 9/11 while 35% less have chosen to go to the US

A BIT OF HISTORY

The first recorded Islamic presence in Canada was the 1871 census which found 13 Muslims among the population. The first Canadian Mosque was constructed in Edmonton in 1938, when there were only about 700 Muslims in the country. The famous translator of the Quran, Abdullah Yusuf Ali inaugurated the masjid during his tour of Canada while he was working on his translation

The years after World War II saw a swift increase in the Muslim population, in the 1981 census the population was still below a hundred thousand

MUSLIMS ARE YOUNGER

Muslims represent the youngest generation in Canada with a median age of 28.1 years. Compared to the Jewish and Roman Catholic populations whose median age is 41.5 and 37.8 years old, respectively. The median age for the total Canadian population is 37 years old. 3

LESS THAN 10% MUSLIMS ARE BORN CANADIANS

411,520 of the total Muslim population is 15 years and older. Among these, 91% are 1st generation Canadians, 7.7% are 2nd generation Canadians, and approximately 0.9% of Muslims are 3rd generation and over. Roughly 68% of Muslims in Canada have Canadian Citizenship.

-- Typical immigrant agenda will remain dominant along with the culture and politics of the old country

-- Special consideration will be needed to find room for the second generation

DIVERSITY WITHIN

  • The Muslim population consists of diverse visible minorities, where
  • 37% is of South Asian decent,
  • 21% of Arab decent,
  • 14% is of West Indian decent, and the remaining
  • 28% is made up of many other ethnicities such African, Chinese, etc.
  • Half of Muslims in Canada speak a non-official language at home. Compared to 0.32% that speaks both official languages at home.4

-- Cultural diversity may hamper intra-Muslim communication

-- Unity may become easier on the non-threatening models of networking and confederations

MARITAL STATUS

  • 32% of Muslims in Canada have never been married,
  • 59% are legally married and living together,
  • 2.9% are separated but still legally married,
  • 3.5% are divorced, and
  • 2.9% are widowed. Also, there are 7, 540 Muslim couples that live as common law partners.
  • There are also 21,145 Muslims in Canada who are single parents.

MUSLIMS ARE HIGHLY EDUCATED

  • Canadian Muslims have excelled in acquiring a Master?s degree with slightly over 6% when compared with the three largest religious sects such as: Roman Catholics where only 2% hold a Master?s degree, 3.5% of individuals who stated they have no religion and the third largest religious sect in Canada being the United Church has 2.4% of it?s population holding a Master?s degree, however; 8.8% of the Jewish population in Canada hold a Master?s degree
  • 30% Muslims (123,725) Muslims were attending school in 2001.
  • 6,310 Muslims have a PhD degree

-- There are 1.5% of the Canadian Muslim population that have earned doctorates comparatively, 0.3% of Roman Catholics and 2% of Jewish population in Canada have earned doctorates.

-- Probably more Muslim PhDs in Canada than many Muslim countries.

-- 3.5% (14,520) of the Canadian Muslim have their major field of study in Humanities and related fields

-- 5.3% (21,640) have majored in social sciences and related fields

JOB MARKET: HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT

  • Muslims have the second highest unemployment rates in Canada with 14.4% of the population being unemployed, as compared to 7.4% national unemployment rate
  • The largest profession found in the Canadian Muslim population is sales and services at 27%; the second largest occupational field comprised of Muslims in Canada is the business, finance, and administrative occupations which is 16% of the population. 7

-- Is it because of the wrong skill set for the market?

-- Is it due to discrimination?

-- How does it compare with other new immigrant data? Further Research regarding Muslims in Canada

-- Income data

-- Religiosity surveys

-- Muslim interaction with other faith

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Comments

I read the comments on here and other sites and laugh at the ignorant remarks made against Muslims. It appears that the best thing to do nowadays is to blame all the problems on Muslims. Being Born and raised in Canada I have seen racism and think it's better to keep racist comments to yourself rather than spreading hatred. One day all these attacks will stop and the people of the world will need a new group of people/religion to hate on.

Location

Toronto

Well, the story looks like a truth because I have been re-searching on people and communities living in Canada. However, I don't have enough resources to go Canada.
Its my dream country and yes I must say its a safe place for every religion to live in. One day I will have enough money to go and PR card so that I can spend rest of my life in Canada.

Location

Pakistan

Well, i'm a Muslim so far, my boyfriend is Canadian, his religion is Catholic. We know what we did. idk what I have to do now, maybe one day, I can't live or doing something great like make a sweet family or anything else.

Location

Los Angeles

Hi!I really liked the facts but how authentic are they?? You have no referenced anything. Please can you tell me what your sources are.

Location

Vancouver

As-Salamu alaikum
Jo kuch padhliyah hai woh kaafi hai, authentic information chaheyah to khud research kejeyah.
bechara research karkay information provide kara wahi bohot hai, abhi aap ku references bhi deenga.

Location

hyderabad

I love muslims. I hate Islam. In the name of their god and his only profit they assassinate, murder, kill, rape, steal. Being brainwashed into believing Jesus is only a profit and not God incarnate they feel justified in their actions and to spread Islam over the word. Wake up. Do not allow your western quilt complex to be manipulated. Stand up to them now. LOOK AT EUROPE. They laugh at secularism. They seek truth. They believe they have it. They are wrong. The historical Jesus is the truth personified. The Living Son of God.

Location

Montreal

Islam is not the one committing these crimes. It's MUSLIMS that twist Islam. Your comment makes absolutely no sense.

Location

Hamilton

try to search about Islam from an honest source at least, your views are heavily misguided

Location

Palestine

It's sad that Muslims can't be happy with what God has given them. Typical Muslim immigrants are "middle class", the same people who could help raise the living standards of their fellow countrymen. Regarding the above mention of high level of education and high unemployment, more study has to be made before "racism" or "Islamophobia" is cause of high Muslim unemployment. Foreign trained Muslims face a highly competitive job market. They must compete with Canadian trained professionals of all ethnic backgrounds. Some Muslims may have credentials that are not up to Canadian standards, some may not be willing or able to supplement their foreign training with additional training at Canadian colleges or universities (hard to do if the immigrant comes with a spouse and children), their skills may simply not be up to standards demanded by Canadian employers, or simply people misrepresent their educational attainment on surveys. Some Muslim job seekers may lack language competence or lack in interpersonal skills. It is easier to blame "racism" than to look to our own shortcomings. From my experience, if you really are what you say you are, you will eventually work in your field or you will move on the USA where the economy is much larger and the job prospects are better. Those with an education and have skills that are in demand should think in terms of North America rather than simply restricting themselves to only Canada. If Canada is not working out, then moving on to the USA or returning home should be considered.

Location

Toronto

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