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Croatian Canadian


Croatian Canadian

Croatian Canadian
George Chuvalo
Total population
114,880 (2011)[1]
Regions with significant populations
 Ontario 74,020
 British Columbia 19,855
 Alberta 10,060
Canadian English, Croatian and Canadian French
Roman Catholicism
Protestantism, Orthodoxy
Related ethnic groups
Croatian American, European Canadian
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Croatian Canadians are Canadian citizens who are of Croatian descent. The community holds in major cities including the Greater Toronto Area, Hamilton, Ottawa, Vancouver, Calgary, Windsor, and Montreal.

Some of the more popular Croatian Canadian events include the Croatian-North American Soccer Tournament.


  • Demographics 1
  • Religious Affiliation 2
  • Notable Croatian Canadians 3
    • Politicians 3.1
    • Scientists 3.2
    • Media 3.3
    • Movie 3.4
    • Actors 3.5
    • Athletes 3.6
    • Political Activists 3.7
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


There are approximately 114,880 Canadians of Croatian ethnic origin as reported in the 2011 National Household Survey complied by Statistics Canada.[1] Croatian Canadians are present in most major Canadian cities. The ten largest Croatian communities are found in the following cities:

Toronto, Ontario: 12,665
Hamilton, Ontario: 9,110
Mississauga, Ontario: 8,935
Calgary, Alberta: 3,895
Oakville, Ontario: 3,710
Vancouver, British Columbia: 3,415
Edmonton, Alberta: 2,995
Kitchener, Ontario: 2,785
Ottawa, Ontario: 2,755
Windsor, Ontario: 2,700

The town with the largest percentage of people of Croatian ethnic origin is Kenaston, Saskatchewan - 17.5% of its 285 inhabitants claim Croatian ethnic origin.

Statistics Canada also designates Census Metropolitan Areas in the collection of its data. The ten Census Metropolitan Areas with the highest concentration of Croatian Canadians are:

Toronto CMA: 35,115 Vancouver CMA: 13,025 Hamilton CMA: 11,640 Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo CMA: 4,445 Calgary CMA: 4,385 Montreal CMA: 4,130 Windsor, Ontario CMA: 3,865 Edmonton CMA: 3,675 Ottawa-Gatineau CMA: 3,245 London CMA: 2,635

Religious Affiliation

Most Croatian Canadians are Roman Catholic who follow the Latin Rite of their ancestors in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. A very small minority of Croatians are Byzantine Rite Roman Catholics. There is also a community of Croats who follow Islam, the descendants of those who converted after the 16th century, after the conquest of much of Croatia by the Ottomans. Communities of Protestants have historically been negligible in Croatia.

In Canada, the first ethnic Croatian parish was established in Windsor in 1950. Soon, parishes were established in Toronto (1951), Hamilton (1958), Vancouver (1967). Today there are ethnic Croatian parishes and missions in seventeen cities in Canada. In addition, previously unorganized Croats of the Muslim faith, with the arrival of eminent physician

  • History of Croatian Canadians
  • Statistics Canada

External links

  1. ^ a b "2011 National Household Survey". Government of Canada. Retrieved January 4, 2014. 
  2. ^ Fikret Artuković: Toronto slavi 35 godina hrvatske džamije (picture)
  3. ^ Salatomatic - Croatian Islamic Centre
  4. ^ BH Toronto: "Hrvatska" džamija slavi 35 godina postojanja!, June 24, 2008
  5. ^ Fikret Artuković: Toronto slavi 35 godina hrvatske džamije (picture)
  6. ^ Vinko Grubisic: Croatians in Toronto, From: Polyphony Vol.6, 1984 pp. 88-91
  7. ^ Fikret Artuković: Toronto slavi 35 godina hrvatske džamije (picture)
  8. ^ BH Toronto: "Hrvatska" džamija slavi 35 godina postojanja!, June 24, 2008
  9. ^ Vinko Grubisic: Croatians in Toronto, From: Polyphony Vol.6, 1984 pp. 88-91
  10. ^ Google Books Massacre of Croatians in Bosnia-Hercegovina and Sandžak, Croatian Islamic Centre (Toronto, Canada), 1978
  11. ^ Mushtak Parker: Muslims in Yugoslavia: The quest for justice, Croatian Islamic Center, 1986, ASIN: B0006EVF9U
  12. ^ Google Books The Light, Vol. 20-21, Bilal Muslim Mission of Tanzania, 1986
  13. ^ Google Books Paul R. Magocsi,Multicultural History Society of Ontario: Encyclopedia of Canada's peoples


See also

Political Activists





  • Asaf Durakovic - physician and expert in nuclear medicine and depleted uranium, poet


  • Eve Adams - Liberal MP Missisauga-Brampton South, born as Eve Horvat to Hungarian-Croats parents
  • Bob Bratina - Mayor, Hamilton 2010–present
  • Jan Brown - Former Reform/Independent MP Calgary Southeast 1993-1997
  • Allan Kerpan - Saskatchewan Party MLA Carrot River Valley 2003–present; Former Reform MP Moose Jaw-Lake Centre 1993-2000
  • Janko Peric - Former Liberal MP Cambridge 1993-2004
  • Peter Sekulic Former Alta Liberal MLA Edmonton Manning 1993-1997
  • Roseanne Skoke - Former Liberal MP Central Nova 1993-1997
  • John Sola - Former Liberal MPP 1987–1995
  • Dave Stupich - Former NDP MP Nanaimo-Cowichan 1988-1993; Former B.C. NDP MLA 1963-1969; 1972-1988
  • Lynne Yelich - Canadian Alliance/Conservative MP Blackstrap 2000–present


Notable Croatian Canadians

Roman Catholic: 77,025 (79.4%) Protestant: 5,870 (6.0%) Eastern Orthodox: 2,745 (2.8%) Christian (not otherwise specified): 1,120 (1.2%) Muslim: 490 (.5%) Other: 330 (.3%) No Religious Affiliation: 9,470 (9.8%).

The leading religious affiliations among Croatian Canadians (2001 data):

(the majority of whom are of mixed ethnic background). Eastern Orthodox (most of whom have been in Canada for more than one generation) and Protestants While an overwhelming percentage of Croatians in Canada remain Roman Catholic, there are significant non-Catholic populations, including [13] During Yugoslavia, this group often spoke accused Tito's Yugoslavia for practising discrimination both Muslim and Catholic Croats.[12]

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