Irish Canadians are
immigrants and descendants of immigrants who originated in Ireland. 1.2
million Irish immigrants arrived, 1825 to 1970, at least half of those
in the period from 1831–1850. By 1867, they were the second largest
ethnic group (after the French), and comprised 24% of Canada's
population. The 1931 national census counted 1,230,000 Canadians of
Irish descent, half of whom lived in Ontario. About one-third were
Catholic in 1931 and two-thirds Protestants. The Irish immigrants were
largely Protestant before the famine years of the 1840s, when the
Catholics arrived in large numbers. However, most Catholic Irish after
1850 usually headed to the U.S., England and Australia.
The 2006 census by Statistics Canada, Canada's Official Statistical
office revealed that the Irish were the 4th largest ethnic group with
4,354,000 Canadians with full or partial Irish descent or 14% of the
country's total population. This was a large and significant increase of
531,495 since the 2001 census, which counted 3,823,000 respondents
quoting Irish ethnicity.
A Documentary exploring
Canada's compassion in welcoming the 109,000 Irish emigrants fleeing the
Great Famine in 1847.
Irish emigration to
Canada in the 1820s
Immigration Seminar Toronto July 2018
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