Friday, January 16, 2015

Immigration and Ethnic Origin Data on Haitians in Quebec


A researcher is looking for data on the Haitian population in Quebec for the period going from 1970 to 1990 as well as immigration data from 1960 to 1990.

I was able to obtain ethnic origin data from the 1986 and 1991 censuses as well as statistics for the population by “place of birth Haiti” from the 1981, 1986 and 1991 censuses. Unfortunately the ethnic origin data from the 1971 and 1981 censuses do not provide a number specific to Haitian people although the information must have been recorded. Would it be possible to obtain:
1) number of people in Quebec that declared Haiti as their ethnic origin for those two censuses;

2) the number of people in Quebec who declared Haiti as their place of birth for the 1971 census;

We would also like to obtain historical immigration data from Haiti to Quebec from 1960 to 1990. The data are available from Immigration Statistics ( back to 1973, but not before that. Would it be possible to obtain a table that would provide the complete time series from 1960 to 1990?


We were able to send 2 attachments to the researcher:

1st attachment - Immigrant Population by Place of Birth and Sex, for Canada, Provinces and Territories, 1981 and 1986 Censuses – 20% Sample 
-The Nation Series – 1986 Census – catalogue / 93-109

2nd attachment - Population by Ethnic Origin and Sex, for Canada and Provinces, 1981 
-92-911-Volume 1 (Nation Series) – There are also important notes regarding 1981 in this attachment for them to view

For 1971, I’m not finding a larger breakdown of Places of Birth or Ethnic Origin. I’ll keep looking and get back to you but I suspect this one may need to be a custom request.

For immigration (use the drop down to get provincial counts)


In regards to yearly immigration data, we do have the Longitudinal Immigration Database (IMDB), however, activity on this program started only in 1980. There is also the Longitudinal Administrative Databank (LAD), however, activity on this program started in 1982. Variables have been harmonized where possible and individuals can be linked year to year starting with the 1982 data.