Polish Immigration Into Canada

By:Diya

Polish Immigration

The Polish immigrated to Canada because in 1795 Russia, Prussia, and Austria partitioned the territories of Poland. The partition and the poor economy, inspired the immigration of the poles. Poles immigrated to Canada from 1854-1901, 1902-1915, 1916-1939, 1944-1956, 1957-1979, 1980-1993. The majority of the first Polish newcomers to canada did not arrive to canada directly from Poland, but they had to cross many different countries and oceans.The first Polish immigrant arrived in Canada in 1752, two other poles reported into canada in 1776. The two poles were, Agust F,Globenski, he was an army surgeon of Hesse Hay Naw Regiment and the other pole was Levright Pinze, he was a surgeon of the Ouxiliary Forces from Brunswick.

Polish settlement into Canada

When the Polish immigrated into Canada, they received free or inexpensive land, from the Government. The Polish settled in areas of Western Canada, mostly in Manitoba. They became homesteaders and worked in forestry and mining industries. The Polish canadians developed our country’s mining, forestry, farming and helped our country’s prairie’s.They cleared land, ran farms in Western Canada and helped our settlement.With many benefits for Canada such as clear land for new settlement and the Polish created unique and beautiful churches that are now a place for sightseeing.

Polish impacts on Canadian culture

The Polish came to Canada but with a lot of culture and now history, that they brought to Canada. Polish groups are called Kashub, it had its own language, music, dance, food, and unique churches. They had two languages the first one was called the Kashub language the second language is called the Polish language. The Polish use Kashub to communicate with their family members or at work. Kashub was not a real classified language until, on January 6 2005, Kashub became real classified language and was spoke in the 4th,5th, and even 6th generation of poles.The Polish used Polish to communicate in their churches. The Kashubian music came to Canada in the year 1858, the fiddle is one of the instruments that they play at a Polish wedding with the guitar. Polish dancing was brought to Canada in the year 2008, when it was the 150th year anniversary celebration in August.


The Polish had multiple dishes to serve and bring to Canada, most of them had pork and chicken include in the food.Such as hog jowls, blood sausages-bi-product of pork, salty pork and pork hocks. They also ate cabbage rolls, perogies, polish sausage, boiled chicken potatoes, chicken soup with potatoes, chicken rice soup, sour cabbage or sauerkraut, and salty herring. The polish used to live near the Baltic Sea so they depended on sea food, they got the same taste of seafood from Newfoundland except they added dill pickle, potato pancakes and dried apples.The Etmanskies, Vaskolskies, Chapeskies and the Olsheskie had no cabbage rolls and perogies in their diet.In Warsaw, in South and Centeral Poland the polish culture was very strong and rich.

Polish contributions to Canada

The Polish have now become apart of the Canadian society, and have made Canada a more diverse and welcoming country for many different people to come and look for opportunities. The Polish have influenced many cultural people to live here as well as more new immigrants. The Polish have contributed towards developing Canadian mining, forestry and farming industries. The Polish have created Canada a more sightseeing country because of all the Polish churches in Canada.


Fun Facts


Polish lived near the Baltic Sea.Marta is one of the dance directors of the Ottawa Based Polish dance group, called the Polanie. Some.Some Polish children took jobs outside the home to bring extra income for their family.Both girls and boys helped clear land and cared for crops and livestock

grandmothers, mothers, daughters looked after household tasks such as sewing, cleaning and cooking.

Men were seen as the head of households in these families.Children lived with their parents and grandparents in one home. Polish families felt isolated, especially in winter because other families in the prairies were far away from one another.One of the polish immigrants were Karol Blaskowitz, a captain-cartographer of the British Army, that arrived in the year 1802 in Canada.