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 million (2013 est.)
Ethnic Groups: Khmer (90%), Vietnamese (5%), Chinese (1%), other (4%)
Languages: Khmer (official)(95%), French, English
Religions: Buddhist (official)(96.4%), Muslim (2.1%), other (1.3%), unspecified (0.2%)

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, 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.)

Map of Services and Churches in the GTA: 

Social and 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

References: 

Central Intelligence Agency. (2014, June 23). The World Factbook: Cambodia. Retrieved July 8, 2014, from 
https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/cb.html

Encyclopedia of the Nations. (n.d.). Cambodia. Retrieved July 8, 2014, from
http://www.nationsencyclopedia.com/economies/Asia-and-the-Pacific/Cambodia.html

Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada. (2009, October 15). Cultural Information - Cambodia. Retrieved July 8, 2014, from
http://www.intercultures.ca/cil-cai/

Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada. (2011, December 15). Overview - Cambodia. Retrieved July 8, 2014, from
http://www.intercultures.ca/cil-cai/overview

Khmer. (2009). In T. L. Gall & J. Hobby (Eds.), Worldmark Encyclopedia of Cultures and Daily Life (2nd ed., Vol. 3, pp. 495-502). Detroit: Gale.
Retrieved July 14, 2014, from
http://go.galegroup.com/ps/

Mandryk, J. (2010). Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide to Every Nation (7th ed.). Colorado Springs: Biblica Publishing.

Prayercast. (n.d.). Cambodia. Retrieved July 8, 2014, from
http://prayercast.com/cambodia.html

Statistics Canada. (2011, April 7). 2006 Census of Canada: Topic-based tabulations/Ethnic Origin, Single and Multiple Ethnic Origin Responses and
Sex for the Population of Canada, Provinces, Territories, Census Metropolitan Areas and Census Agglomerations, 2006 Census - 20% Sample
Data
. Retrieved July 15, 2014, from
http://www12.statcan.gc.ca/census-recensement/