2001 Census Analysis Series: The Jewish Community of Calgary

Sponsor(s): Calgary Jewish Community Council, UIA Federations Canada

Principal Investigator(s): Charles Shahar

Study Dates: May 1-15, 2001 Canadian Census. Data provided to UAI Federations Canada by Statistics Canada.

Population Estimates:

The estimated Jewish population of Calgary (Alberta Province) was 7,945 in 2001.

Jews comprised 0.8% of the total Calgary population.

Key Findings:

Reports on Calgary parallel series of reports based on the 2001 Census which have been issued for Canadian Jews nationally, and most major Jewish communities in Canada (all available at the Data Bank).

The reports on the Jewish Community of Calgary include:


  • (1) Basic Demographics focuses on Jewish numbers, population trends, demographic characteristics.


  • (2) Jewish Populations in Geographic Areas focuses on geographic distribution patterns and comparisons


  • (3) The Jewish Elderly report summarizes data on the number of Jewish seniors, Jewish seniors in poverty, and Jewish survivors of the Nazi Holocaust.


  • (4) The Jewish Poor focuses on Jewish poverty in Calgary and Canada nationally.


  • (5) Immigration and Language report.


  • (6) Issues in Jewish Identity summarizes data on intermarriage, raising children as Jews (including in intermarried households), and Jewish education.


  • (7) Jewish Family Report was only issued in the national series on Canada's Jews; it has additional intermarriage-related analyses. The national report includes data comparisons among the major Jewish communities.


    • Data tables summarizing the Jewish family materials for Calgary are available below.

Adult Jewish respondents residing in Calgary interviewed during the 2001 Census.

Definitions of Jewish persons based on combination of census questions on religion of respondent and ethnicity.

See Appendix 3 in Basic Demographics for discussion of "The Jewish Standard Definition."