Immigrating from South Africa to Canada

Learn the various pathways of immigration to Canada, including family-sponsorship and employment.

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Interested in Immigrating to Canada from South Africa?

South African immigrants in Canada have grown to have a significant presence, increasing 15.9% just from 2001 to 2011. As of 2011, the South African Canadian population was about 40,550 individuals, and from 2006 to 2015 11,265 new permanent residents from South Africa arrived in Canada.

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South African Community in Canada

The majority of South African Canadians are of British and Afrikaner ancestry, and reside mostly in the provinces of Ontario, British Columbia, and Alberta. South Africans have established a large community in Canada, and Toronto and Vancouver are home to the largest South African communities in Canada, with 13,125 and 8,030 individuals respectively. Notable South African Canadians include Elon Musk and Steve Nash.

Immigration Process

Migrants from South Africa have moved to Canada through a variety of pathways, including 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.

Useful Resources for South Africans in Canada

The High Commission of Canada in South Africa provides helpful information and resources on immigration and the visa application process. Additional information can be found at the Canadian Embassy in South Africa- Pretoria.