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Russian Canadians
Total population
550,520
by ancestry, 2011 Census
Languages
Religion
Related ethnic groups

Russian Canadians comprise Canadian citizens of Russian heritage or Russians who emigrated to and reside in Canada. According to the 2011 Census, there were 550,520 Canadians who claimed full or partial Russian ancestry.[1]

Number of Russian Canadians[]

Data from this section from Statistics Canada, 2006.[2]

  • Total: 500,605.
  • Single response: 98,245.
  • Multiple response: 402,360.

Provinces with high Russian Canadian populations[]

Quebec[]

Data in this section from Statistics Canada, 2006.[3]

  • Total: 40,155
  • Single response: 11,935
  • Multiple response: 28,220
Montreal (Census Metropolitan Area)[]

Data in this section from Statistics Canada, 2006.[3]

  • Total: 98,800 (???)
  • Single response: 10,685
  • Multiple response: 25,115

Ontario[]

Data in this section from Statistics Canada, 2006.[3]

  • Total: 167,360
  • Single response: 39,660
  • Multiple response: 127,700
Toronto (Census Metropolitan Area)[]

Data in this section from Statistics Canada, 2006.[3]

  • Total: 102,815
  • Single response: 29,695
  • Multiple response: 73,120

Alberta[]

Data in this section from Statistics Canada, 2006.[3]

  • Total: 92,020
  • Single response: 11,075
  • Multiple response: 80,940

British Columbia[]

Data in this section from Statistics Canada, 2006.[3]

  • Total: 114,112
  • Single response: 21,740
  • Multiple response: 92,365

Many British Columbians of Russian descent are Doukhobors, historically concentrated in the West Kootenay and Boundary Country regions.

List of notable Russian Canadians[]

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Arts, entertainment and literature[]

  • Aleksei Serebryakov (actor) - actor
  • A-Trak - musician
  • Pamela Anderson - actress
  • Harvey Atkin - voice-over actor
  • Alex Battler - writer
  • Arnold Belkin - painter
  • Chinawoman - singer
  • Ludmilla Chiriaeff - ballet dancer, choreographer and company director
  • Melyssa Ford - model and actress
  • Victor Garber - actor, Titanic, Argo, Star Trek
  • Natalie Glebova - Miss Universe 2005, Miss Universe Canada 2005
  • Anais Granofsky - actress, Degrassi Junior High
  • Grimes - Juno Award-winning producer and musician
  • Melissa Hayden - ballerina
  • Jessica Parker Kennedy - actress, The Secret Circle, Smallville, Black Sails
  • K.d. lang - musician, winner of Juno and Grammy
  • Ezra Levant - media personality
  • Nadia Litz - actress
  • George London - singer
  • Eli Mandel - poet
  • Catherine Manoukian - violinist
  • Niall Matter - actor, Eureka, Stargate Atlantis, Melrose Place, 90210
  • Sophie Milman - jazz musician
  • Zara Nelsova - cellist[5]
  • Sarah Polley - actress and film director, Order of Canada
  • Duncan Regehr - writer and actor, Star Trek
  • Coco Rocha - fashion model and cover girl
  • Sasha Roiz - actor
  • Elena Semikina - Miss Universe Canada 2010
  • Inga Skaya - Miss Universe Canada 2007
  • Socalled - musician
  • Aden Strong - voice actor
  • Sammy Strong - voice actor
  • Tara Strong - voice actress
  • Ksenia Solo - actress, Black Swan[6]
  • Madeline Sonik - writer
  • Jessica Trisko - Miss Earth 2007
  • Watts - produced for Method Man, Redman, and Snoop Dogg[7]
  • Adele Wiseman - author
  • Sasha Clements - actress, Majority Rules!

Business and other[]

  • Bluma Appel - philanthropist, recipient of the Order of Canada and Order of Ontario
  • John Boyarski - recipient of awards for bravery
  • Charles Bronfman - billionaire, member of the Bronfman family
  • Edgar Bronfman, Sr. - billionaire, member of the Bronfman family
  • Saidye Rosner Bronfman - billionaire, member of the Bronfman family, founder of the Seagram Company
  • Samuel Bronfman - billionaire, member of the Bronfman family
  • Arcadi Gaydamak - businessman
  • Jamie Glazov - managing editor of Frontpage Magazine
  • Ben Hatskin - founder of the Winnipeg Jets
  • Gregory Lekhtman - inventor of exercise boots
  • Sonia Scurfield - owner of the Calgary Flames in the 1980s and 1990s
  • Alex Shnaider - co-founder of the Midland Group, partner in the Trump International Hotel and Tower (Toronto)

Politics[]

  • Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna of Russia - Russian Princess and youngest sister of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia
  • Alex Atamanenko - Member of Parliament in the House of Commons of Canada
  • Vasile Balabanov - Imperial Russian émigré
  • Martin Dobkin - mayor of Mississauga
  • Catherine Doherty - Imperial Russian émigré, social activist, recipient of the Order of Canada
  • Siegfried Enns - member of the House of Commons of Canada
  • Lois Hole - Lieutenant Governor of Alberta
  • George Ignatieff - Canadian diplomat
  • Michael Ignatieff - author, journalist, academic, politician
  • Ted Lipman - diplomat, ambassador to North Korea, and South Korea
  • Tom Nevakshonoff - Member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba
  • Reynold Rapp - Member of the House of Commons of Canada
  • John Tory - mayor of Toronto[8]
  • Peter Vasilevich Verigin - Doukhobor leader
  • Pyotr Verzilov - activist
  • Roman Baber - M.P.P

Science[]

  • Gregory Chamitoff - NASA astronaut and engineer
  • Michel Chossudovsky - writer and professor of economics at the University of Ottawa
  • Andrew Donskov - professor of modern languages at the University of Ottawa; world-renowned Leo Tolstoy expert
  • Israel Halperin - mathematician
  • Martin Kamen - physicist, member of the Manhattan Project (first nuclear bomb); discovered the synthesis of the isotope carbon-14
  • Harry Medovy - pediatrician and academic, Order of Canada
  • Pierre Milman - mathematician, Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada
  • Sergei Plekhanov - Professor of Political Science at York University; former Deputy Director of the Institute for US and Canadian Studies in Russia
  • Louis Slotin - physicist, member of the Manhattan Project (first nuclear bomb)
  • George Volkoff, OC, MBE, FRSC - physicist who helped discover the existence of neutron stars

Sports[]

  • Nik Antropov - hockey player with the Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL) and the KHL
  • Ivan Babikov - Olympic cross-country skier
  • Patricia Bezzoubenko - rhythmic gymnast
  • Boris Blumin - chess grandmaster
  • Mark Bluvshtein - chess grandmaster
  • Debbie Brill[9] - high-jumper[10]
  • Édouard Carpentier - professional wrestler
  • Joshua Ho-Sang - hockey player with the OHL
  • Ron Cherkas - football[9]
  • Mike Chernoff[9] - ice hockey[10]
  • Rob Chernoff[9] - swimmer[10]
  • Tim Cheveldae[9] - ice hockey[10]
  • Kevin Cheveldayoff[9] - ice hockey
  • Yelena Davydova - gymnastics
  • Shawn Horcoff[9] - ice hockey
  • Igor Ivanov - chess grandmaster
  • Pete Knight[9] - rodeo bronc rider[10]
  • Lioudmila Kortchaguina - marathon runner
  • Jon-Lee Kootnekoff[9] - basketball[10]
  • Crazy Leo - rally driver
  • Andrei Markov - NHL hockey player
  • Olga Ovtchinnikova - Olympic fencer
  • Andrei Rogozine - world champion figure skater
  • Mikhail "Misha" Goikhberg - racing driver
  • Bobbie Rosenfeld - Olympic gold medalist
  • Pete Savenkoff[9] - "Iron Man of Fastball"
  • Denis Shapovalov - tennis player
  • Tamerlan Tagziev - wrestler, gold medallist at the Commonwealth Games
  • Igor Tikhomirov - Olympic champion in fencing
  • Marina Zoueva - ice dancing coach and choreographer

See also[]

References[]

  1. ^ Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named Russian Canadians
  2. ^ "2006 Census of Canada: Topic-based tabulations | 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 - 20% Sample Data". Statistics Canada. 2011-04-07. http://www12.statcan.gc.ca/census-recensement/2006/dp-pd/tbt/Rp-eng.cfm?LANG=E&APATH=7&DETAIL=0&DIM=0&FL=E&FREE=0&GC=0&GID=0&GK=0&GRP=1&PID=92333&PRID=0&PTYPE=88971,97154&S=0&SHOWALL=0&SUB=0&Temporal=2006&THEME=0&VID=0&VNAMEE=Ethnic%20origin%20(247)&VNAMEF=Origine%20ethnique%20(247). Retrieved 2014-04-24. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f [1]
  4. ^ References for the descent and/or birthplace of each individual can be found in their respective articles.
  5. ^ "Zara Nelsova" Script error: No such module "webarchive".
  6. ^ "Ksenia Solo". https://www.imdb.com/name/nm989959/. Retrieved 2016-09-30. 
  7. ^ "Austin "Watts" Garrick [Interview]". Hiphopcanada.com. 2007-08-07. http://www.hiphopcanada.com/2007/08/interview-austin-watts-garrick/. Retrieved 2014-04-24. 
  8. ^ "John Tory Is Jewish, Claims Israeli Press". http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/11/07/john-tory-jewish-times-israel_n_6122804.html. Retrieved 2016-09-30. 
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Of Doukhobor ancestry.". https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doukhobors. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f (1998) "Doukhobor stars in the Sports world" (in English). Spirit-Wrestlers’ Voice: Honoring Doukhobors on the Centenary of their migration to Canada in 1899: 79–92. 

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