Located in Southeast Asia, Myanmar shares land boundaries with India, China, Laos, and Thailand. Even so, Myanmar is isolated from these countries because of a horseshoe of high mountains. Myanmar has its south and west coastlines along the Indian Ocean.


Population: 47 million (2013 est.)
Ethnic Groups: Burman (68%), Shan (9%), Karen (7%), Rakhine (4%), Chinese (3%), Indian (2%), Mon (2%), other (5%)
Languages: Burmese (official)
Religions: Buddhist (89%), Christian (4%) (Baptist 3%, Roman Catholic 1%), Muslim (4%), Animist (1%), other (2%)


BURMESE Population:
In Canada: 4,650
In the GTA: 1,520
In the City of Toronto: 775

Myanmar, formerly Burma, is the largest nation in Southeast Asia. Officially, freedom of religion is allowed in Myanmar, but any group the government considers harmful to the state is harassed, persecuted, and often imprisoned. There have also been accusations that the military regime has tried to impose Buddhism onto minority groups. These minority groups include Christians, Muslims, and Animists. Those who subscribe to animist beliefs give offerings to Nats (clever and extremely powerful spiritual beings) out of fear and for protection.

Map of Services and Churches in the GTA: 

Social and Settlement Services in the GTA


Churches in the GTA

Toronto Myanmar Christian Church
650 McNicoll Ave at Young Nak Korean Presbyterian Church
Toronto, ON 
M2H 2E1
Phone: 416-786-5546


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