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These encounters involved the arrival of Lascars on ships from Bombay, Calcutta and Macau.
The Indo-Canadian community started around the beginning of the 20th century.
The pioneers were men, mostly Sikhs from the Punjab; many were veterans of the British Army.
In 1897 a contingent of Sikh soldiers participated in the parade to celebrate Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee in London, England.
54% of South Asians in Canada have household incomes greater than ,000, compared to the 46% Canadian average.
They were British subjects; Canada was a part of the British Empire; and the British Empire owed much to the Sikhs.On their subsequent journey home, they visited the western coast of Canada, primarily British Columbia which at the time was very sparsely populated and the Canadian government wanted to settle in order to prevent a takeover of the territory by the United States.