Cambodia

Located in Southeast Asia, Cambodia shares its borders with Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam. Its location at just over ten degrees from the equator is responsible for its tropical climate.

QUICK FACTS

Population: 15.9 million
Ethnic Groups: Khmer (97.6%), Cham (1.2%), Chinese (0.1%), Vietnamese (0.1%), Other (0.9%)
Languages: Khmer (Official) (96.3%), Other (3.7%)
Religions: Buddhist (Official) (96.9%), Muslim (1.9%), Christian (0.4%), Other (0.8%)
Capital: Phnom Penh
CIA: The World Factbook - Last Updated June 15, 2017

Cambodians in Toronto

Cambodian Population:
In Canada: 25,245
In the GTA: 4,085
In the City of Toronto: 295

Primary Areas of Settlement in the GTA (Social Atlas):
Newmarket, Aurora, Vaughan, and City of Toronto (Ward 7 York West).

 

Cambodia suffered under the extreme Marxist Khmer Rouge, which came into power in 1975. The Khmer Rouge killed over 1,000,000 people, turned the nation into a labour camp, and tried to eliminate religion. The Vietnamese army successfuly ousted the Khmer Rouge in 1979, and since then there has been an increase in religious freedom. Democracy arrived in Cambodia in 1993. Most Cambodians are Buddhists who believe in karma and reincarnation. In other words, they believe that good acts and religious deeds will positively affect their futures (either in this life or a future one.)

Settlement Services in the GTA

Settlement.org

Churches in the GTA

Rexdale Alliance Church
2459 Islington Avenue
Toronto, ON
M9W 3X9
Phone: 416-741-1110


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