Nigerians began immigrating to Canada during the 1967–1970 Biafra War and increasingly became a popular pathway. So popular, Nigerians coming to Canada became the fourth-leading group to bring immigrants to Canada after India, China, and the Philippines. In the 2016 Census, 51,800 people identified themselves as Nigerians, with over half living in Ontario. You can find Nigerian Canadians also settling in provinces including:
From 2015 through to the end of 2019, the number of Nigerians becoming new permanent residents in Canada more than tripled, rising from 4,090 to a high of 12,600 in 2019, just before COVID-19 hit Canada.
Nigerian Community in Canada
Canadian immigration has been a popular choice for middle-class Nigerians due to several reasons. Those individuals are given opportunities based on their prior work skills and a chance to make the move long term. For many Nigerians, the move to Canada gives their children access better education and the future opportunities that come with it.
Foreign nationals from Nigeria have moved to Canada through a variety of pathways, the most popular being employment and family class sponsorship. Through the Canadian immigration programs that fall under these categories, as well as a few more, an individual may apply to become a Canadian permanent resident and begin their new fresh start!
Useful Resources for Nigerian Canadians in Canada
Nigerian Canadian Association – The Nigerian Canadian Association is a non-profit community-based organization that addresses the integration, education, health, housing, social services, culture, and economic development needs of Nigerian Canadians and other immigrants in Canada
Igbo Union of Canada – An organization for Igbo-speaking groups living in Greater Toronto in efforts to celebrate indigenous culture.
Nigeria High Commission – The Nigerian High Commission in Ottawa offers consular and visa services to Nigerian Citizens and intending visitors to Nigeria.