Croatian community in Canada

CROATIANS

Demographics

There are approximately 114,880 Canadians of Croatian ethnic origin as reported in the 2011 National Household Survey complied by Statistics Canada, of which 71,380 reside in Ontario. The ten largest Croatian communities are found in the following metropolitan areas: Toronto: 35,115 Vancouver: 13,025 Hamilton: 11,640 Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo: 4,445 Calgary: 4,385 Montreal: 4,130 Windsor, Ontario: 3,865 Edmonton: 3,675 Ottawa-Gatineau: 3,245 London: 2,635

Primary Areas of Settlement in the GTA: Oakville, Halton Hills, Milton, Mississauga, Caledon, City of Toronto

Religion

Most Croatian Canadians are Roman Catholic who follow the Latin Rite of their ancestors in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. A very small minority of Croatians are Byzantine Rite Roman Catholics. There is also a community of Croats who follow Islam, the descendants of those who converted after the 16th century, after the conquest of much of Croatia by the Ottomans.

Other sources:

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

Encyclopedia of Canada’s Peoples:

http://multiculturalcanada.ca/Encyclopedia/A-Z/c13

 

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