Nepali, Bhutanese of Canada

People Group Info

Total Population: 4,400

ROP3 Code: 114441
IMB Affinity Group: South Asian Peoples
Affinity Bloc: Tibetan / Himalayan Peoples
People Cluster: South Himalaya
Language: Nepali (individual language) - (npi)
Religion: Hinduism
Country of Origin: Bhutan

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Majority Located Where

  Toronto (Mississauga, Brampton), ON - 3,300

  Calgary, AB - 255

  Vancouver (Surrey), BC - 162

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Brief Profile

The Nepali Bhutanese migrated to North America as refugees. They are Lhotshampas ("southerners"), a group of Nepali language-speaking Bhutanese people.

During the 1990s thousands of Lhotshampa settled in the refugee camps that were set up by the UNHCR in Nepal. Camp conditions were initially rife with malnutrition and disease including measles, scurvy, tuberculosis, malaria, cholera, and beriberi, although camp conditions improved markedly between 1995 and 2005. Beginning in 2007 they began being resettled in North America.

Resettlement has provided the opportunity of starting a new life for them. However, the challenges that they are facing in the labour market are a big hurdle in establishing themselves in their new North America homeland.

The majority of them are Hindus with a minority being Buddhists.

Prayer Points

  • Pray that Christians will be aware of the existence of this people group in North America.
  • Pray that this people group will come in contact with evangelical Christians who will reveal Christ to them both in deed and word.
  • Pray for church planting efforts among this people in North America.


Global Recordings Network
Online Talking Bible - Nepali
PG - Hindi and Hindu Story Set (pdf)
Religions - Hinduism Belief Bulletin (pdf)
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StatusCountry City Metro Area Name State / Prov. Baseline Population
CanadaTorontoToronto (Mississauga, Brampton)ON3,300
CanadaVancouverVancouver (Surrey)BC162