A Scattering of Seeds: The Creation of Canada
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General History


Today, half of the Hungarian-Canadians live in Southern Ontario, with 90% settling in the Toronto area. As a result, the largest Hungarian cultural centre outside of Hungary has been established and built up over the years. The University of Toronto is home to the first permanently funded Hungarian language program in Canada. There have been a number of Hungarian magazines and newspapers established.(12)

Although the majority of Hungarians are Catholics, other religious groups do exist in Hungary, and are represented in Canada. Toronto, for example, is home to the largest Jewish Hungarian newspaper in North America.(13)

Initially the Hungarians settled together in specific neighbourhoods and communities. But the wide economic disparity between the waves of Hungarian immigrants, combined with the different political and economic reasons for them immigrating to Canada, caused the abandonment of many of the cultural practices, and the end of the Hungarian neighbourhoods in Canada. In the cities, the Hungarian heritage may have been largely lost, other than the occasional Hungarian language class. But Hungarian heritage still can be felt in rural Saskatchewan. These early pioneers spent back-breaking days, clearing the land, first of the forests and later of the field stones. They used these field stones to build a Cathedral in Kaposvar, a Cathedral which still stands today, a lasting tribute to the spirit of the Hungarian pioneer.

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