Iranian Canadian

Iranian Canadian

Infobox Ethnic group
group = Iranian Canadians
flagicon|Iran flagicon|Canada
poptime = 121,505 [ [ Ethnic Origin (247), Single and Multiple Ethnic Origin Responses (3) and Sex (3) for the Population of Canada, Provinces, Territories, Census Metropolitan Areas and Census Agglomerations, 2006 Census] ]
popplace = Greater Toronto Area, Vancouver, Montreal
langs = Canadian English, French, Persian, and other languages of Iran
rels = Predominately Islam

Iranian-Canadians are Canadians of Iranian national background or descent. Their numbers estimate to 121,510 [ [ "2006 Canadian Census"] ] and the main communities can be found in Southern Ontario, Quebec, and British Columbia; the vast majority, however, live in the North York part of Toronto and the northern suburbs of Toronto: Richmond Hill, Vaughan, Markham, Thornhill, Aurora, and Newmarket.

A List of Canadians of Iranian descent


* Dr Ramin Jahanbegloo, Philosopher and University Professor
* Dr Kaveh Farrokh, historian

Art and Literature

*Reza Baraheni
*Jian Ghomeshi, member of Moxy Früvous, former host of CBC's "play"
*Nima Mazhari, painter, photographer and husband of ex-Olympic biathlete Myriam Bédard, convicted and sentenced in June 2007 for stealing paintings from the late painter Ghitta Caiserman
*Alan Sakhavarz, artist, painter (wildlife), sculptor, caricaturist and cartoonist
*Parviz Tanavoli, sculptor and painter

Beauty Pageant

* Nazanin Afshin-Jam, Miss Canada 2003, 1st runner up of Miss World 2003 , Actress, Singer/Songwriter, Human Rights Activist
* Ramona Amiri, Miss World Canada 2005, semifinalist of Miss World 2005
* Samantha Tajik, Miss Universe Canada 2008
* Sahar Biniaz, 2nd runner up of Miss Tourism Queen International 2008


* Hassan Khosrowshahi, Founder of Future Shop
* Parham Aarabi, world renowned Innovator and award winning lecturer

Hall of Fame

* Behshad Hastibakhsh Award Winning Political Scientist, Business Executive and Community Activist; Recognized by Goonagoon Magazine as a Success Iranian living in Vancouver, Canada []


* Zahra Kazemi, photojournalist
* Nikahang Kowsar, Cartoonist


* Reza Alamouti, Central Committee Member of Fadayian & founder of Radio Aras
* Reza Moridi - MPP, Richmond Hill

See also

* Iranian-American
* Iranian Australian


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