Bangladesh

Bangladesh is found in southern Asia. Bangladesh borders India, Myanmar, and the Bay of Bengali. Unfortunately, high rainfall and Bangladesh's location in the floodplains of the Ganges and Brahmaputra Rivers result in frequent and sometimes devastating floods. These floods cause loss of life, damage to property, and hamper economic growth.

QUICK FACTS

Population: 156.1 million
Ethnic Groups: Bengali (98%>), Ethnic Groups (1.1%)
Languages: Bangla/Bengali (Official) (98.8%), Other (1.2%)
Religions: Muslim (89.5%), Hindu (9.6%), Other (0.9%)
Capital: Dhaka
CIA: The World Factbook - Last Updated June 26, 2017

Bangladeshis in Toronto

Bangladeshi Population:
In Canada: 34,205
In the GTA: 17,340

Primary Areas of Settlement in the GTA (Social Atlas):
City of Toronto, Brampton, Mississauga, Richmond Hill, and Uxbridge.

Bangladesh came into being in 1971 when the country split from Pakistan after a civil war. It was created as a secular state, but Islam became the state religion in 1988. Consequently, Muslims festivals such as Id-ul-Fitr are public holidays. Officially, there is religious freedom, but the legal system lacks safeguards for religious minorities. Indeed, the freedoms for religious minorities are being diminished as the Islamists are a growing population. In addition to the relatively sizable Hindu minority, a small percentage of the population consists of Buddhists and Christians.

Settlement Services in the GTA

Bangladeshi-Canadian Community Services
2899 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, ON
M4C 1M2
Phone: 416-699-4484

Bangladeshi Students' Association at UofT
40 Willcocks Street
Toronto, ON
M5S 1C6

Churches in the GTA

Lightbearers of Christ Church International
1 Regan Road
Brampton, ON
L7A 1B8
Phone: 905-450-2074
Sunday service: 3 PM (in Urdu, Punjabi, and Hindi)

Toronto-West Christian Assembly
499 Ray Lawson Boulevard, #28
Brampton, ON
L6Y 4E6


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