Hindi in Canada

Main Language
Largest Religion
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

In northern India Hindi is the language of business, education, and journalism. It is close enough to Urdu that the two languages combined make up one of the world's largest languages. The term "Hindi" does not adequately describe the ethnic and social complexity of these people since it is merely a language distinction. In reality, the Hindi-speaking Indians are a collection of ethnic and social groups. They not only speak a common language, but also have a sense of "group identity" based on cultural and historical factors. Their language makes them distinctive, but in a Western nation like Canada they are likely to have social interactions with other South Asian language and ethnic groups, many of whom jokingly call themselves "desis."

Where Are they Located?

Most Hindi speakers are in northern India, but a small number have migrated to Western countries like Canada.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Typically those who leave India and migrate to Canada and the U. S. are those with a good education and high caste status. In their new countries Hindi speakers have set up Indian spice shops, video stores, and small commercial businesses in large cities. Hindi speakers are becoming more and more westernized. Today, many drink wine and eat every kind of meat except beef which is forbidden for Hindus. They are much more likely to wear Western clothes except on special occasions. The idea of arranged marriages becomes weaker with each generation of South Asians in Canada.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The majority of the Hindi speakers practice Hinduism which is considered more a lifestyle than a religion. Hindus worship a pantheon of gods that are both good and evil. They believe that sacrifices and offerings must be regularly made to the gods to appease them and avoid calamity. Hinduism teaches that the soul never dies. When the body dies, the soul is reborn or "reincarnated." The soul may be reborn as an animal or as a human. The law of "karma" states that every action influences how the soul will be born in the next reincarnation. If a person lives a good life, the soul will be born into a higher state. If a person leads an evil life, the soul will be born into a lower state.

What Are Their Needs?

Hindi speakers have both the Bible and the JESUS Film available in their language. However, they need a spiritual revelation that will give them the desire for the pure holiness of Jesus Christ.

Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Hindi in Canada.

*Pray for workers who are filled with the fruit of the Holy Spirit to go to the Hindi speakers of Canada.*Pray for a desire for true holiness and blessings that will lead them to the foot of the cross.*Pray for a disciple making movement among Hindi speakers and other South Asians in Canada.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Hindi
People Name in Country Hindi
Population this Country 291,000
Population all Countries 2,675,000
Total Countries 17
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 6
Alternate Names Bazaar; East Indian; High Hindi; Hindustani; Indo-Pakestani; North Indian
People ID 12106
ROP3 Code 103789
Country Canada
Region America, North and Caribbean
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton, Montreal, Winnipeg, Alberta   Source:  Global Gates 2021
Country Canada
Region America, North and Caribbean
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton, Montreal, Winnipeg, Alberta.   Source:  Global Gates 2021

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Primary Language Hindi (291,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Hindi (291,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Hindi

Primary Language:  Hindi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1806-1962)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1811-1998)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1835-2012)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings DAVAR Partners recording, Old Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Hindi
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video A Beautiful Hope (EngSub)
Film / Video Coconuts
Film / Video Creation to Christ
Film / Video Father's Love Letter
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hindi
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Rivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Hope Video
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.26 %)
0.90 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
89.70 %
9.40 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
10.0 %
20.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
10.0 %
20.0 %
Roman Catholic
40.0 %
Photo Source Sonam Prajapati - Pixabay  Creative Commons  Used with permission
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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