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Egyptian Canadian

Egyptian Canadians
Total population
73,250 (by ancestry, 2011 Census)[1]
Regions with significant populations
Ontario: Mississauga, Toronto (North York, Scarborough, Etobicoke), Hamilton, Kitchener; Quebec: Montreal, Laval, Quebec City; etc.
Languages
English, French, Egyptian Arabic
Religion
Majority: Christianity (Coptic Orthodox,[2] with smaller groups of other Orthodox, and Catholic communities).
Minority: Islam (Sunni) [3]

Egyptian Canadians are Canadian citizens of Egyptian descent, first-generation Egyptian immigrants, or descendants of Egyptians who emigrated to Canada. According to the 2011 Census there were 73,250 Canadians who claimed full or partial Egyptian ancestry,[1] having an increase compared to those in the 2006 Census, making them by far the second largest group of people with Arabic-speaking roots. The largest religious group among Egyptian Canadians are the Coptic Orthodox Christians, who number around 50,000 members in Canada. Muslims constitute a smaller portion of the Egyptian community in Canada, belonging to the Sunni sect of Islam. A small number of Egyptian Christians who immigrated to Canada include Coptic Catholics and Protestants. In addition to Coptic Christians, there are also small groups of non-native Christians from Egypt, such as Armenians, Greeks, and Syro-Lebanese, who belong to Armenian, Eastern Orthodox, or Melkite Catholic churches.[4] There is even a small Jewish community that exists, due to Egypt's expulsion of its Jewish community in the late 1950s.
Most Egyptian Canadians are concentrated in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.

See also

References

  1. ^ a b
  2. ^ Canada Free Press: According to the Canadian Coptic Association, there are approximately 50,000 Orthodox Copts in Canada.
  3. ^ Multicultural Canada: the Coptic Orthodox form the largest number of Egyptian Canadians, while there are small - but notable - minorities such as the Catholics and Muslims, respectively
  4. ^

External links

  • The first Coptic Orthodox Egyptian Church in Canada
  • Canadian Coptic Centre
  • Egyptian-Canadian Friendship Association
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