|Regions with significant populations|
|Lao, Tai-Kadai, Hmong, Canadian French, Canadian English|
|Theravada Buddhism, Mahayana Buddhism, Laotian folk religion, Christianity and Islam|
|Related ethnic groups|
|Lao people, Isan people, Shan people, Thai People and Asian Canadians.|
Laotian Canadians are Canadian citizens of Laotian origin or descent. In the 2011 Census, 22,090 people indicated Laotian ancestry. Most Lao people are Billingual, due to the fact that they were once under the protectorat of France (See French protectorate of Laos.
Mass migration from Laos to Cambodia peaked in the late 1970s and early 1980s, consisting of both government-sponsored and privately sponsored refugees from camps in Thailand, where they had fled due to the Laotian Civil War and the final victory of the Pathet Lao. However, by the 1990s, most refugees in the camps were instead being repatriated to Laos. In total, Canada took in 12,793 Laotian refugees.
Laotian migrants in Canada mostly follow Theravada Buddhism, though Mahayana Buddhists are also found among those of Laotian chinese ethnicity. There are also a small number of Christians, perhaps 500 people, most of whom converted while living in refugee camps. In 1990, British Columbia had no Laotian Buddhist temple; the nearest one was a Laotian American temple in Seattle. Within Canada, Laotian Buddhist temples have also been opened in Montreal, Quebec, Toronto, Ontario, and Winnipeg, Manitoba. There is also a handful of newly converted Laotians to Islam, mostly in Montreal.
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