Bangladeshi Canadian and Community Profile 

Around 100,000 Bangladeshi-origin people are living in Canada. Professionals were the first immigrants from Bangladesh who began to migrate to Canada in the 1960s. Some came to Canada for higher education as well as professional training and then settled down as immigrants. The migration increased over the later decades, and reached its peak in the late 80s. The immigration of Bangladeshis to Canada takes place in two categories namely skilled workers category and family category. Bangladeshis live primarily in provinces like Ontario, British Columbia, Quebec, Saskatchewan and Alberta, and major cities like Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Regina and Ottawa.

With high concentrations of Bangladeshis living in east Toronto, adjacent to Scarborough, Victoria Avenue and Danforth, the community is highly mobilized in terms of their welfare under various associations. The Bangladeshis living in Montreal, with the majority of community members migrating between 1981 and 2014 is also vibrant. The neighbourhoods of Parc-Extension and Plamondon are where many Bangladeshis reside.

Many Bangladeshi Canadians have also earned a name in businesses. Apart from medium and small business establishments, one can see Bangladeshi restaurants, groceries, boutiques selling clothing and other goods everywhere in Canada. Culturally they are also very active which can be evident in their observation of all Bangladeshi national festivities with much enthusiasm and vigour.

Our Pride of Bangladeshi Canadian- Dr Amit Chakma - President of the University of Western Ontario, Canada.

We would like to acknowledge how proud we areof Dr Amit Chakma (Ph.D in Chemical Engineering) for his position as President (Vice- Chancellor) of the University of Western of Ontario, Canada. In 1998, he was awarded Canada’s Top 40 under 40 Award. Awarded annually to honour a group of men and women who have become outstanding leaders in their chosen fields, before reaching 40 years of age His research interests are natural gas engineering and petroleum waste management. 
Born in southeastern Bangladesh, he moved away from his nomadic tribe to study chemical 

engineering at Institut Algerien du Petrole in Algeria. In 1977 he graduated at the top of his class. He then moved to Canada and earned an MASc and Ph.D in chemical engineering from the University of British Columbia. 
From 1988 untilRBC-Page-Amit-Chakma 1996, he taught chemical engineering at the University of Calgary. In 1996 he moved to the University of Regina as Dean of Engineering. He then served as Regina's Vice President Research from 1999-2001. During his time at the University of Regina Dr. Chakma was named to Canada's Top 40 Under 40 list. He became Vice President Academic and Provost at the University of Waterloo in 2001. His research interests are natural gas engineering and petroleum waste management. 
On July 1, 2009 Dr. Chakma succeeded Paul Davenport as the University of Western Ontario's President. His goal as president is to position Western among the top 100 universities in the world. 


Bangladeshi Canadian Rafiqul Islam played a pioneering role in achieving recognition of February 21 as the International Mother Language day 

'The Mother Language Lovers of the World’ is a voluntary, non-profit organization formed in Vancouver, Canada in March,1998 dedicated to mutual respect , tolerance amongst all languages and to help and propagate to keep alive the endangered languages that face extinction from the planet.

It has its office in Surrey, British Columbia Canada and the ten signatories on the petition to UNESCO to declare February 21st as ‘International Mother Language Day’

enimg-190886-2011-03-25It has its office in Surrey, British Columbia Canada and the ten signatories on the petition to UNESCO to declare February 21st as ‘International Mother Language Day’ who speak different language are its members with Mr. Rafiqul Islam the president and Mr. Abdus Salam the director as the Bangla language members

Imbibed by the spirit to protect ones own mother tongue which came under attack in the then East Pakistan and the events that led to the sacrifice of young lives on February 21st, 1952 in Dhaka this day was chosen by the signatories of this organization in the petition to the United Nations to honor those who defended their mother tongue ‘Bangla’ and also to honor all the mother languages of the world on that day by declaring February 21st each year as ‘International Mother Language Day’. The organization worked very closely with the UNESCO Commissions of different countries, the Linguistic division of UNESCO and the Director General of UNESCO in 1998 and 1999. 

Prime minister of Bangladesh Seikh Hasina deserves admiration and praise for the crucial and momentous decision that she made to send the Bangladeshi delegation to table the historic draft resolution in Paris in time, as time was of prime essence if the proposal had to be considered. The adoption of Bangladesh’s draft resolution in Paris on November 17,1999 at UNESCO left the country on a high standing in the world arena as this small country can take pride of ushering in a day in the calendar where the world comes together and celebrates all the mother languages. Bangladesh’s Ekushey that is February Twenty First is for all to celebrate now.
‘The Mother Language Lovers of the World’ has received the prestigious ‘Ekushe’ award in February 2002 from the Government of Bangladesh

Mother Language Day architect Rafiqul dies

Recognition February 21 as the International Mother Language died in Vancouver General Hospital in Canada 2013. 

He was 63. His family members said he had been suffering from leukaemia for over two years, and lastly he was admitted in hospital the day after Eid-ul-Azha, after his condition deteriorated. Bangladesh’s Permanent Representative to the UN AKA Momen confirmed therafiqul-islam_0 news of Rafiqul’s death. He was from Rajbari in Comilla, and had been living in Canada for the last 18 years. Initiatives by Rafiqul Islam and Abdus Salam, members of Vancouver-based Mother Language of the World, inspired the Bangladesh government to work towards achieving UN recognition of the glorious Language Movement. Responding to Bangladesh’s formal proposal, the Unesco in 1999 declared February 21 as International Mother Language Day.2005 he join Celebration International Mother Language Day Montreal which NBCC jointly host the event with community organization. He was honored by the Montreal community organization. Mr, Rafiqul Islam join with NBCC as a honorary member for life time.


 Bangladeshi Canadian Create an Political Party in Quebec

A party with a distinctly ethnic flavour has joined the race to control Montreal city hall.
The Parti ethnique de Montreal is aimed at promoting the interests of immigrants and their communities.
Monir Hossain, leader of the Parti ethnique de Montreal. Also president of the NBCC and editor in chief Journal Dhaka Post has created the party to open the door for ethnic community to the Montreal city hall. For the first time in Quebec as well in Canadian history such an election took place in the name of ethnic community in the year of 2009. It was widely appreciated by the multicultural community’s in Quebec as well by the local and national media personnel.

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