Portuguese-Canadians from Sea to Sea: A National Needs Assessment

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Nunes, Fernando
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Portuguese-Canadian National Congress
There are approximately 292,185 individuals in Canada, who claim a Portuguese ethnic origin. Most are concentrated in the urban areas of Toronto and Montreal, but they are also significant populations scattered throughout small and rural centres, in nearly every province of this nation. Yet, despite their numbers, Canadians of Portuguese background (also referred to as Luso-Canadians) have traditionally been underserved and undlrepresented in the social and political structures of our society. For many years, it was clear that there was a need for a national organization, which could represent their concerns to the various levels of government in Canada and Portugal. With this objective in mind, in March of 1993, a group of 250 Luso- Canadian individuals and associations formed the Portuguese-Canadian National Congress and charged it with the mandate to act upon issues relating to the full participation of community members in Canadian society. In 1994, the founding Directors of the Congress received funds, from the Federal Government for a national "Needs Assessment," - the first Canada-wide project of this type to be conducted on this community - to help identify those issues.
Luso-Canadians , Ethnic groups - Canada , Portuguese-Canadians
Nunes, F. (1998). Portuguese-Canadians from Sea to Sea: A National Needs Assessment. Toronto: Portuguese-Canadian National Congress.