2001 Census Analysis Series: The Jewish Community of Canada

Sponsor(s): UIA Federations Canada

Principal Investigator(s): Charles Shahar

Study Dates: May 1-15, 2001 Canadian Census. Data provided to UAI Federations Canada by Statistics Canada.

Population Estimates:

The estimated Jewish population of Canada was 370,520 in 2001.

Jews comprise 1.3% of the total population of Canada.

Key Findings:

Series of reports based on the 2001 Canadian Census have been issued for Canadian Jews nationally; most of the reports includes separate reports for Canadian cities with significant Jewish populations (all available at the Data Bank).

The national reports on the Jewish Community of Canada include:


  • (1) Basic Demographics focuses on Jewish numbers, population trends, demographic characteristics, and places Canadian Jews in the context of Canadian ethnicity.


  • (2) Jewish Populations in Geographic Areas focuses on geographic distribution patterns and comparisons


  • (3) The Jewish Elderly report summarizes data on the number of Jewish seniors, Jewish seniors in poverty, Jewish survivors of the Nazi Holocaust living in Canada.


  • (4) The Jewish Poor focuses on Jewish poverty in Canada: poverty rate approximately 13%, and the working poor among Canada's Jews.


  • (5) Immigration and Language report notes that Jewish immigration to Canada is much higher than national average.


  • (6) Issues in Jewish Identity summarizes data on intermarriage (22% intermarriage rate, almost doubling since 1981), raising children as Jews (including in intermarried households), and Jewish education.


  • (7) Report # 7 focuses on the Jewish Family in Canada, and has additional intermarriage-related analyses. Only a national report was issued on this topic, which includes data comparisons among the most populous Jewish communities; data tables are available for each of the largest Jewish cities in Canada within each community's downloadable reports.

Adult Jewish respondents residing in Canada interviewed during the 2001 Census.

Definitions of Jewish persons based on combination of census questions on religion of respondent and ethnicity.   See Appendix 3 in Basic Demographics for discussion of "The Jewish Standard Definition."


Survey Reports

» Jewish Family

» Basic Demographics

» Jewish Populations in Geographic Areas

» Jewish Identity

» The Jewish Elderly

» The Jewish Poor

» Immigration and Language

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