Bosnian Canadians

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Bosnian Canadians
Total population
22,920 (2011)[1]
Regions with significant populations
Ontario, Quebec, British Columbia, Alberta
Canadian English, Bosnian and Canadian French
Sunni Islam, Orthodox Christianity, Roman Catholicism, Atheism
Related ethnic groups
Bosnian American, Yugoslav Canadians

Bosnian Canadians are Canadian citizens whose ancestry can be traced to Bosnia and Herzegovina. At the 2011 Canadian census, 22,920 people stated that they are of Bosnian descent.[1] The majority of Bosnian Canadians emigrated to Canada as refugees during and after the Bosnian War, which lasted from 1992-1995. The history of Bosnian arrivals to Canada, however, dates back to as far as the 19th century.[2]


The traditional centers of residence and culture for Bosnian Canadians are located in Toronto, Montreal, Edmonton and Calgary. Numerous Bosnian language newspapers and other periodicals are published in many states. The largest Bosnian organisation in Canada is the Congress of North American Bosniaks.[3]


The Bosnian Islamic Association Gazi Husrev-Beg was founded in November 1977 under the name 'Association of Islamic Community Gazi Husrev-Beg'. It has been operating under its current name (BIAGH) ever since 1995. The primary reason of its foundation was to respond to the religious needs of its members. That was made possible through a full-time imam, who has been serving this community uninterruptedly since June 1982. The BIAGH caters to the needs of Bosniaks that pertain to Bosniak tradition, folklore, sport and different creative workshops.

Most Bosnian-Canadians either identify as Muslim, Eastern Orthodox, Catholic or non-religious.

Notable Bosnian Canadians[edit]

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  1. ^ a b Canada, Government of Canada, Statistics. "2011 National Household Survey: Data tables – Ethnic Origin (264), Single and Multiple Ethnic Origin Responses (3), Generation Status (4), Age Groups (10) and Sex (3) for the Population in Private Households of Canada, Provinces, Territories, Census Metropolitan Areas and Census Agglomerations, 2011 National Household Survey". Retrieved 20 August 2017.
  2. ^ Bosnian immigration - North American Immigration
  3. ^ Congress of North American Bosniaks