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There is a small, rapidly growing Buddhist community in Canadamarker. As of the 2001 count, 300,345 [109749] Canadians identified their religion as Buddhist (about 1.0% of the population).

Buddhism arrived in Canada with the arrival of Chinese laborers in the territories during the 19th century. The first Japanese Buddhist temple in Canada was built at the Ishikawa Hotel in Vancouver in 1905. [109750]

A substantial expansion of Buddhism in Canada began in the last half of the 20th century. Changes in Canadian immigration pattern saw a massive influx of immigrants from Chinamarker, Indiamarker, Sri Lankamarker, Japanmarker, and Southeast Asia, countries with strong Buddhist histories and demographics. In addition, the immense popularity and goodwill ushered in by Tibet's Dalai Lama (who has been made honorary Canadian citizen) put Buddhism in a favourable light. Many non-Asian Canadians embraced Buddhism in various traditions and some have become leaders in their respective sanghas.

Buddhism in the United States had a strong influence on the development of Western Buddhism in Canada, and continues to today .

Buddhist Population

The Buddhist Population in Canada according to the 2001 Census.

Province Buddhists
Ontariomarker 128,320
British Columbiamarker 85,540
Quebecmarker 41,380
Albertamarker 33,410
Manitobamarker 5,745
Saskatchewanmarker 3,050
Nova Scotiamarker 1,730
New Brunswickmarker 545
Newfoundland and Labradormarker 185
Northwest Territoriesmarker 155
Prince Edward Islandmarker 140
Yukonmarker 130
Nunavutmarker 15
Canada 300,345

See also


  1. Population by religion, by province and territory (2001 Census)

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