As of 2011, 1,615,145 Canadians had South Asian origins, constituting 4.9% of the Canadian population and 32% of Canada’s Asian Canadian population. This makes them the largest visible minority group in Canada followed by Chinese and Black Canadians respectively.

A quarter of the visible minority population in Canada is South Asian. The largest South Asian communities are found in Ontario, British Columbia and Alberta. Metropolitan areas with large South Asian communities include the Toronto (834,000), Vancouver (252,000), Calgary (85,000), Montréal (79,000) and Edmonton (61,000).