The origins of Canada's Vietnamese community

Canada's immigration programs were non-partisan


This article is an introduction to the origins of Canada's Vietnamese community. The articles that follow go more deeply into the explanations of why and how events unfolded.

Vietnamese immigration to Canada:

Immigration statistics: from Vietnam to Canada

The full circle represents 220,000 people, the number of Vietnamese admitted to Canada up to 2019.

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+ Three distinct periods of immigration    

Canada has had three distinct periods of immigration that account for all of today's first-generation Vietnamese community in Canada.

+ Canada's non-partisan immigration policy    

Canada did not qualify any prospective immigrants from Vietnam on the basis of their role in any of Vietnam's past conflicts.

+ Canadians of Vietnamese origin today    

The boat people were young and many now have two generations of descendants born in Canada.