OTTAWA — The medical aid group Doctors Without Borders says it has “grave concerns” for four Canadian staff in Haiti.
Spokeswoman Avril Benoit declined to provide more detail out of respect for their families.
There are believed to be about 6,000 Canadians in the earthquake-stricken Caribbean country.
The RCMP say the fate of two of 82 Canadian police officers working in Haiti remains uncertain.
Foreign Affairs says it knows of one Canadian who suffered minor injuries, while another sent a text message from a collapsed building asking for help.
Canada has one of the world’s largest Haitian diasporas. Some facts about the Haitian-Canadian community:
• 102,430 people in Canada listed their ethnic origin as Haitian in the 2006 census.
• Almost 90 per cent of Haitian-Canadians — or 91,435 — live in Quebec.
• Montreal has 85,785 people who describe themselves as Haitian, making it Canada’s city with by far the biggest Haitian community.
• Ontario was home to 9,095 Haitians, with 2,150 living in the metropolitan Toronto area, according to the 2006 census.
• British Columbia had 795 Haitian-born residents living in the province, followed closely by Alberta with 760.
• Prominent Haitian-Canadians include: Gov. Gen. Michaelle Jean; former world champion boxer Joachim Alcine; current world light-heavyweight boxing champion Jean Pascal; actor and parliamentarian Maka Kotto; Olympic gold-medal sprinter Bruny Surin; hockey player Georges Laraque, NBA basketball player Samuel Dalembert; Canada’s first elected black mayor Firmin Monestime of Mattawa, On.; Jean Alfred, who was the first black member of Quebec’s national assembly.