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The South Asian community in Canada, has made a name for itself.
Progress made all around, is amazing.

Richmond, BC, Canada, July 17, 2007
Balwant Sanghera

It wasn’t long ago that Canada had only two solitudes-British and French. However, Montreal’s Expo 1967 changed all that. This popular celebration of Canada’s 100 th anniversary brought the world to Canada’s doorsteps .Thus began the process of change. This country began to transform from predominantly English and French cultures to a multicultural one. The Multiculturalism Act in 1971 made it all official. The subsequent waves of immigrants from all over, during the 1970s, 1980’s and 1990’s completely changed the human landscape of Canada.

Two regions of Canada-Toronto and Vancouver- have been the chief beneficiaries of this influx. Both of these regions have also become major centers of two dominant immigrant communities-Chinese and South Asian. Even before these new waves, Vancouver was and continues to be the main centre for both of these communities. The Chinese community still considers Vancouver as its economic,political, cultural and religious centre. However, the new immigrants, especially South Asians, during the past twenty five years or so, have shifted the focus to Toronto as well.

In many ways, Vancouver is still considered to be the main centre for South Asians. However, Toronto doesn’t seem to be far behind. Recently, this writer had an opportunity to spend some time in the Toronto area. The progress made by members of the South Asian community all around, is amazing. Be it business, politics, technology, media or sports, South Asians in this “centre of the universe” seem to be progressing by leaps and bounds.

A number of Toronto suburbs are fast becoming the hubs for the South Asian community. There are mini Punjabs scattered throughout the region. South Asians are dominating many aspects of life in this largest city of Canada and its suburbs. There is a vast array of newspapers in various South Asian languages. An impressive array of places of worship-Gurdwaras, Mosques and Temples – have become an integral part of this region’s landscape. In this context, it was great to see one of the mainstream newspapers recognize the efforts of this area’s 200,000 strong Hindu community.

In its July 7 edition, the Toronto Star carried the story and picture of the soon to be opened Swaminarayan Mandir on its front page. This $40 million temple has been described as a marvel of architecture, a serenity that’s set in stone. The newspaper went on to describe this wonderful place of worship as something that happens once in a lifetime, but in Canada, only once in many lifetimes.

The South Asian community, whether it is in Vancouver or Toronto or anywhere else in Canada, has made a name for itself. It is due the sacrifices of our pioneers as well as the hardwork, perseverance and dedication of immigrants-old and recent- that we can hold our heads high as proud Canadians of South Asian heritage.

Balwant Sanghera
(Balwant Sanghera is a retired School Psychologist, Community Activist and recipient of the prestigious Order of British Columbia Award. He heads the Richmond Multicultural Concerns Society and can be reached at



Balwant Sanghera
President, Punjabi Language Education Association . He is a retired School Psychologist and Community Activist in British Columbia ,Canada.