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DEMOGRAPHICS - ISLAMIC FINANCE BOARD

DEMOGRAPHICS

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.

 

Year

Muslim Population Growth per decade

Source

1991

256,000 Census 1991

2001

579,000

56%

Census 2001

2011

1,054,000

45%

NHS 2013

2030 2,300,000 59%

Forecast

If further information on Muslim Demographics is required, analysis document can be obtained by contacting us. Our research is largely based on census information provided by Statistics Canada, Government of Canada.