Immigration to Canada from Syria began in 1882. The first wave consisted mainly of small merchants; the second wave, beginning in 1946 (including Palestinians), was mainly of blue-collar workers; the third wave, beginning in 1962 (including Palestinians) brought white- and blue-collar workers in about equal numbers.
Immigration to Canada by the peoples of this eastern portion of modern Yugoslavia began in significant numbers after World War II, and by 1986 some 12,970 Serbian-Canadians lived and worked in the industrial areas of southern Ontario. Others lived in Ottawa, Montreal, and Vancouver.
Although some Newfoundland place-names bear witness to early visits and Spanish-Portuguese traditions have survived in a Montreal synagogue, the Portuguese community in Canada did not begin to grow until 1953 when immigrants, largely from Madeira, were sponsored by the Canadian government as agricultural workers in Ontario.