Azerbaijani Canadians

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Azerbaijani Canadians
Total population
Regions with significant populations
Greater Toronto, Vancouver Metropolitan Area, Greater Montreal and other
Azerbaijani, Canadian English, French, Russian, Persian, Turkish
Predominantly Shiite Muslim

Azerbaijani Canadians (Azerbaijani: Kanadalı azərbaycanlılar), or Azeri Canadians, are Canadian citizens and permanent residents of ethnic Azerbaijani background, or those who were born in Azerbaijan. Most Azerbaijani-Canadians have immigrated to Canada from the Republic of Azerbaijan, Iran, Russia or Turkey.


According to the Canada 2011 Census, 4,580 Canadians claimed ethnic Azerbaijani background.[1] Official National Household Survey 2011 results also mapped the following distribution of Azerbaijani Canadians by province:

 Ontario – 2,685[2]
 British Columbia – 770[3]
 Quebec – 620[4]
 Alberta – 380[5]
 Manitoba – 70[6]
 Nova Scotia – 15[7]
(Source: 2011 Canadian Census)

2,695 Canadians reported speaking Azerbaijani either as a first or second language, with 115 of those being second-generation immigrants.[8]

Unofficial estimates exceed the reported numbers. According to the member of Ontario Provincial Parliament, Reza Moridi, there were a total of 80,000 ethnic Azerbaijanis living in the province of Ontario in 2010.[9]


The first Azerbaijanis in Canada were Iranian Azeris, who began to settle there in 1930. The second wave of immigration occurred in 1950, when the Soviet Union was under Nikita Khrushchev. The third wave was during the Cold War, when many immigrants moved to Canada from the Soviet Union, including Azeris. The fourth wave took place after 1979, at the time of the Iranian Revolution. Many Iranians, including ethnic Azerbaijanis, settled in Canada. Finally, the fifth wave of emigration was during the Nagorno-Karabakh War in 1988–1992.

Notable Azerbaijani Canadians

See also


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  2. ^ Statistics Canada (2013). "Ethnocultural portrait of Canada: Ontario". 2011 Census of Population. 
  3. ^ Statistics Canada (2013). "Ethnocultural portrait of Canada: British Columbia". 2011 Census of Population. 
  4. ^ Statistics Canada (2013). "Ethnocultural portrait of Canada: Quebec". 2011 Census of Population. 
  5. ^ Statistics Canada (2013). "Ethnocultural portrait of Canada: Alberta". 2011 Census of Population. 
  6. ^ Statistics Canada (2013). "Ethnocultural portrait of Canada: Manitoba". 2011 Census of Population. 
  7. ^ Statistics Canada (2013). "Ethnocultural portrait of Canada: Nova Scotia". 2011 Census of Population. 
  8. ^ 2011 National Household Survey:: Detailed Mother Tongue (158), Generation Status (4), Knowledge of Official Languages (5), Number of Non-Official Languages Spoken (5), Age Groups (10) and Sex (3) for the Population in Private Households of Canada, Provinces and Territories, 2011 National Household Survey
  9. ^ a b Moridi, Reza (June 25, 2010). "Azerbaijani diaspora in Canada should do much to resist Armenians". News.Az. 
  10. ^ Baraheni, Reza (2005). "The Midwife of My Land" (PDF). Idea&s Magazine. Faculty of Arts & Science, University of Toronto. 2 (1). Archived from the original (PDF) on April 2, 2012. 
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