In 1979, Toronto became the first municipality in Canada to proclaim Black History Month through the efforts of many individuals and organizations such as the Ontario Black History Society.
Source [The City of Toronto]
In 2021, 1.5 million people in Canada were reported to be Black. Overall, the Black population reported more than 300 different ethnic or cultural origins in the Canadian census. Of this population, 40.9% reported Canada as their main country of birth, and many have had ancestors in the country for several generations.
Nearly one-third (32.6%) of the Black population was born in Africa, including Nigeria (7.1%), Ethiopia (2.8%) and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (2.4%), while 21.0% were born in the Caribbean and Bermuda, mostly in Jamaica (8.8%) and Haiti (7.2%).
Among Black immigrants, 23.7% were admitted into Canada from 2016 to 2021, and 17.8% arrived from 2011 to 2015. The remaining share (36.1%) came to Canada before the 2000s.