According to Statistics Canada and the Pew Research Center

  • Muslims in Canada have quadrupled from 253,300 in 1991 to just over 1 million in 2011. They represent 3.2% of total population, up from 2% recorded in the 2001 Census.
  • The Muslim population is considered to be one of Canada’s fastest growing. They are forecast to reach 2.7 million by 2030, which would make up 6.6% of the projected total population.
  • Currently, 55% of Muslims reside in Ontario (primarily concentrated in the Greater Toronto Area and accounts for over 5% of the GTA population), 19% reside in Quebec, 10% in BC and 9% in Alberta.
  • According to the 2011 census, Muslims are the youngest ethno-cultural group in the country. In 2011, the median age of Canada’s Muslim population was 29 years, compared to the Canadian median of around 40.
  • 37% of Muslims in Canada are of South Asian descent, 21% of Arab descent, 14% of West Indian descent and 28% are other ethnicities such as African, Chinese, etc.
  • 60% of Muslims are legally married, 32% have never been married and 8% are separated, divorced or widowed.

A Population of over 1 Million with annual Growth Rate of 4%

A growth chart over the last 20 years shows that Muslim population has tended to double every ten years with an average growth rate of approximately 4% per annum.



Muslim Population Growth per decade



256,000 Census 1991




Census 2001




NHS 2013

2030 2,300,000 59%


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