Armenian community in Canada

Demographics

According to the 2006 census there were 50,500 Armenians in Canada of which 23,335 resided in Ontario and 16,310 in Toronto.  Armenian community in Toronto is centred in the neighbourhoods of Don Valley Village and Pleasant View in north-central Toronto. The hub of the community is the Armenian Community Centre of Toronto complex at Victoria Park and 401. The center has a school, A.R.S. Armenian School, offering education from kindergarten to high school.

History

During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Armenians who had escaped persecution from the Armenian Genocide settled in communities in southern Ontario. Early immigrants congregated in kratarans or reading rooms where Armenian Canadians shared Armenian literature.[5]

Thousands of Armenians made their way to Canada after federal immigration policies became less restrictive during the 1950s. Many newcomers were originally from Middle Eastern countries that were affected by strife such as Egypt, Iran, Lebanon, Syria and Turkey. In the early 1990s, some Armenians immigrated to Canada after the disintegration of the Soviet Union.

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