Armenian Community General Information

ARMENIANS

Demographics

According to the 2006 census there were 50,500 Canadians of Armenian ancestry of which 23,335 resided in Ontario and 16,310 in Toronto Primary Areas of Settlement in the GTA: Markham, City of Toronto, Richmond Hill, Aurora, and Vaughn

History

A large part of the Armenian diaspora in Canada came from nations in the Middle East and some from Europe. Canada has also seen increased immigration from Armenia, especially after the collapse of the Soviet Union. 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. 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. Most Armenian-Canadians are centered in the provinces of Quebec and Ontario and are active in community life. Smaller communities exist in the central and Maritime Provinces, with a slightly larger community in British Columbia.

Other sources:

The Canadian Encyclopedia: http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com/en/article/armenians/

Encyclopedia of Canada’s Peoples: http://multiculturalcanada.ca/Encyclopedia/A-Z/a23

DiversityWatch – Ryerson University School of Journalism

http://www.diversitywatch.ryerson.ca/backgrounds/armenian.htm

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