Nigerians Living in Canada

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The CN Tower is located in Toronto, Canada. It’s the world’s tallest freestanding structure on land, standing 553.33 meters tall. It is considered the signature icon of the city.

Just like the United State of America, Canada has become a new home for most Nigerians seeking greener pasture in a bid to better their standard of living which can’t be compared to what’s attained in Nigeria.

This current trend could be traced to the Nigerian government’s inability to provide certain social amenities and benefits to people.

It’s quite unfortunate to also know that some Nigerians who could have added more value to the country’s struggling economic, sociopolitical and medical know-how, are waving goodbye to their fatherland just to make life worth living for themselves.

There is no doubt that despite the present dispensation of President Muhammadu Buhari, things are a far cry from being economically stable.

Nigerians began migrating to Canada during the 1967–1970 Biafran War. Nigerians were not broken out separately in immigration statistics until 1973. 3,919 landed immigrants of Nigerian nationality arrived in Canada from 1973 to 1991.

In the 2001 Census, 9,530 people identified themselves as Nigerians; of those, 6,575 lived in Ontario (5,275 in Toronto alone). In the 2006 Census, 19,520 people identified themselves as Nigerians. Again, roughly two-thirds (13,325) lived in Ontario, with 10,430 in Toronto alone. There is a significant number of Nigerians living in the Jane and Wilson area (Chalkfarm Drive) of Toronto.

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Illuminated Toronto sign and silhouette of people at Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto, Canada

Cultural and country ties

Canada enjoys strong and increasing bilateral relations with Nigeria, which is one of two strategic partners for Canada in sub-Saharan Africa. We share values such as multiculturalism, institutions such as federalism and Commonwealth membership, and people-to-people ties which provide a solid foundation for increased engagement.

In 2015, Canada welcomed more than 10,000 Nigerian students. Nigeria was Canada’s most important source of international students from sub-Saharan Africa. That same year, Nigeria was Canada’s second largest bilateral merchandise trading partner in sub-Saharan Africa, with bilateral merchandise trade totaling $1.45 billion.