Executive Summary :


Visible Minority Radio and TV Network” (VMRTN) is a collaborative radio and television partnership set up in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) of Ontario, Canada to cater to the communication needs of the nation’s ever-growing visible minority groups in a unique, all-purpose setting. The company also fills the communication gaps among the sundry communities. Research has shown that the mainstream media in the country are not doing justice to the needs of these groups, thereby leading to lack of understanding between these groups and the majority population, on one part, as well as a lack of understanding even among the groups themselves.

In addition, due to lack of financial resources, the minority population has not been able to have a strong voice in the socio-economic and political activities of the nation, thereby limiting their potentials to reach their best while denying the nation the ultimate contributions of its diverse citizens. We believe that a radio and television network like ours will fill the service gaps thereby providing easier access towards attaining societal accomplishments.

Aim and Objectives:

  • To provide visible minorities in Canada and beyond a strong access and voice for socio-economic and political mobilization

  • To create an avenue where visible minority history, background, issues, problems, prospects and aspirations are more easily understood and appreciated by the mainstream population

  • To create more understanding among the sundry visible minority groups in the nation, thereby providing them a unique, single channel to further appreciate their diversity as a form of strength rather than something to loathe

  • To create a sense of unity among the various groups in the country, both the minority and the majority, thereby realizing that what unites us are far greater than what divides

  • To create a sense of pride among minority groups and see their heritages as something to cherish and celebrate

  • To help maintain, restore and uplift native languages of the diverse ethnic minority groups many of which are rarely used, especially by the youth and the new generation, several of them almost gone into extinction

  • To provide another form of job and skills development opportunities for visible minorities, thereby affording them economic independence to be able to face life’s challenges in a positive manner

Need Justification

According to Statistics Canada, over five million Canadians identified themselves as a member of a visible minority group in the 2006 Census, accounting for 16.2% of the total population. This was an increase from 2001 where visible minorities accounted for 13.4% of the total population; an increase from 1996 when the proportion was 11.2%; and a major increase over 1991 (9.4%) and 1981 (4.7%). The increase represents a significant shift in Canada's demographics since the advent of its multiculturalism policies.

Furthermore, according to a report by the influential newspaper, Globe and Mail, “by 2031, one in three Canadians will belong to a visible minority. One in four will be foreign-born, the highest proportion since the end of the last wave of mass immigration that began around 1910. Even if immigration were to be suddenly slashed, experts say, the projections would not change much. Visible minority groups, which have higher birth rates and younger populations, are expected to grow at roughly eight times the rate of the rest of the Canadian population over the next two decades. Their ranks will grow from 5.3 million today to between 11.4 million and 14.4 million by 2031, one-third of whom will be Canadian-born”

This is the main reasons why our VMRTN network was born: to fill the huge gaps that are there in the community which are not being served by the mainstream media.

What we do: Our activities

We provide access to prime minority- focused radio and television channels and programmes that cater to the viewing tastes of visible minority population in Canada. Our goal is to complement the extremely limited number of broadcast channels available to the minority population in North America. Through a system of production and bundle of prime channels originating from a vast originating countries of our minority population in Canada, VMRTN brings the best in radio and television programming, movies, music, soaps, drama, lifestyle, fashion, and new media.


Our programmes come both in English as well as the various languages of the service populations. Our management, staff and volunteer population reflect the populations we try to reach, thereby making translations very easy and affordable. The movies that come in local minority languages are fully subtitled in English. This makes our entire programming accessible not only to minorities but to all English speaking audience.


How Does It work?


VMRTN Television Network Channels are available on Internet Protocol Television (IPTV), and online web streaming. Our streaming capability includes the following high-end features:



Our Other Operations:

Our other operations include the following:


We really look forward to working with you on this and other projects. Please feel free to contact the undersigned at 647-701-9956 for more information and / or clarification on the above.


Best regards

Kay Alabi

Chief Executive



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Chinese Canadian




Chinese Canadians are Canadians of Chinese descent. They constitute the second-largest visible minority group in Canada, after South Asian Canadians. Canada contains one of the largest populations of overseas Chinese, and has the second largest population of Chinese people outside of Asia, after the United States.

People of Chinese descent, including mixed Chinese and other ethnic origin, make up about four percent of the Canadian population, or about 1.3 million people. Most of them are concentrated within the provinces of British Columbia and Ontario. The five metropolitan areas with the largest Chinese Canadian populations are the Greater Toronto Area (537,060), Metro Vancouver (402,000), Greater Montreal (83,000), Calgary Region (75,410), and the Edmonton Capital Region (53,670).

Dominant languages include Cantonese, Mandarin, Canadian English, Quebec French, Hokkien, Hakka and Teochew, while religions practiced are Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism and Christianity. Prominent members of this group who have made their marks on the Canadian landscape include Patrick Chan, Olivia Chow, John Yap, Norman Kwong, David Lam, Linda Chung , Angela Tong, Jim Chu and Melissa O'Neil


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Western Asians in Canada



Western Asia, West Asia, Southwest Asia or Southwestern Asia are terms that describe the westernmost portion of Asia. The terms are partly coterminous with the Middle East, which describes a geographical position in relation to Western Europe rather than its location within Asia. Due to this perceived Eurocentrism, international organizations such as the United Nations have replaced Middle East and Near East with Western Asia. This region and Europe are collectively referred to as Western Eurasia.

The world's earliest civilizations developed in Western Asia. For most of the last three millennia, the region has been united under one or two powerful states; each one succeeding the last, and at times, eastern and western based polities. The main states in this regard were the Assyrian Empire, the Babylonian Empire, the Achaemenid Empire, the Seleucid Empire, the Parthian Empire, the Roman Empire, the Sassanid Empire, the Byzantine Empire, the Umayyad Caliphate, the Abbasid Caliphate, the Safavid Empire, and the Ottoman Empire.

Western Asia is the birthplace of Islam, Christianity, Judaism, and other monotheistic religions.

Canadians of Asian ancestry comprise the largest visible minority group in Canada, at 11% of the Canadian population, and is the fastest growing. Most "Asian Canadians" are concentrated in the urban areas of southern Ontario, the Greater Vancouver area, Montreal, and other large Canadian cities. In Canada, the term 'Asian' is pan-continental, in contrast to its usage in other English-speaking countries. According to the Statistics Canada in 2006, East Asian and Southeast Asian population is 7%, South Asian population is 4%, and West Asians make up the rest of the total Asian population.

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Aboriginal peoples in Canada


Aboriginal peoples in Canada comprise the First Nations, Inuit and Métis. The descriptors "Indian" and "Eskimo" have fallen into disuse in Canada and are commonly considered pejorative. Old Crow Flats and Bluefish Caves are some of the earliest archaeological sites of human habitation in Canada. The Paleo-Indian Clovis, Plano cultures and Pre-Dorset pre-date American indigenous and Inuit cultures. Projectile point tools, spears, pottery, bangles, chisels and scrapers mark archaeological sites, thus distinguishing cultural periods, traditions and lithic reduction styles.

The characteristics of Canadian Aboriginal civilizations included permanent settlements, agriculture, civic and ceremonial architecture, complex societal hierarchies and trading networks. The Métis culture of mixed blood originated in the mid-17th century when First Nation and native Inuit married European settlers. The Inuit had more limited interaction with European settlers during that early period. Various laws, treaties, and legislation have been enacted between European immigrants and First Nations across Canada. Aboriginal Right to Self-Government provides opportunity to manage historical, cultural, political, health care and economic control aspects within first people's communities.

As of the 2006 census, Aboriginal peoples in Canada totaled 1,172,790 people, or 3.8% of the national population, spread over 600 recognized First Nations governments or bands with distinctive cultures, languages, art, and music. National Aboriginal Day recognises the cultures and contributions of Aboriginals to the history of Canada. First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples of all backgrounds have become prominent figures and have served as role models in the Aboriginal community and help to shape the Canadian cultural identity.

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Black Canadians


Black Canadians is a designation used for people of Black African descent, who are citizens or permanent residents of Canada. The term specifically refers to Canadians with Sub-Saharan African ancestry. The majority of Black Canadians are of Caribbean origin. Many Canadians identify as Black even though they may have multi-ethnic ancestries.

Black Canadians and other Canadians often draw a distinction between those of Afro-Caribbean ancestry and those of other African roots. The term African Canadian is also used by Black Canadians who trace their heritage to the first slaves brought by British and French colonists to the mainland of North America, but many Blacks of Caribbean origin in Canada reject the term African Canadian as an elision of the uniquely Caribbean aspects of their heritage, and instead identify as Caribbean Canadian. Unlike in the United States where African American is the most widely accepted term, due to these tensions and controversies between the African and Caribbean communities the term "Black Canadian" is still accepted in the Canadian context. The vast majority of Black-targeted cultural and social institutions in Canada serve both the Caribbean Canadian and African Canadian communities equally.

Black Canadians have contributed to many areas, enriching the landscape of Canada, including the Canadian educational, political, business, religious, and cultural landscapes. Many of the first visible minorities to hold high public offices have been Black, opening the door for other minorities. Some of whom include, but are not limited to: Michaëlle Jean, Donald Oliver, Stanley G. Grizzle, Rosemary Brown, Jean Augustine and Lincoln Alexander. Black Canadians form the third largest visible minority group in Canada, after South Asian and Chinese people.



According to the 2006 Census by Statistics Canada, 783,795 Canadians identified themselves as black, constituting 2.5% of the entire Canadian population. Of the black population, 11% identified themselves as a mixed-race of "white and black". The five largest provinces of black population in 2006 were Ontario, Quebec, Alberta, British Columbia, and Nova Scotia. The ten largest census metropolitan areas of black population were Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Calgary, Vancouver, Edmonton, Hamilton, Winnipeg, Halifax, and Oshawa. Preston, in the Halifax area, is the community with the highest percentage of Blacks at 69.4%.

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South Asian Canadians


South Asia, also known as Southern Asia, is the southern region of the Asian continent, which comprises the sub-Himalayan countries and, for some authorities, also includes the adjoining countries to the west and the east. Topographically, it is dominated by the Indian Plate, which rises above sea level as the Indian subcontinent south of the Himalayas and the Hindu Kush. South Asia is surrounded (clockwise, from west) by Western Asia, Central Asia, Eastern Asia, Southeastern Asia and the Indian Ocean.

According to the United Nations geographical region classification, Southern Asia comprises the countries of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Iran, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. By other definitions and interpretations, Burma and Tibet are also sometimes included in the region of South Asia, home to well over one fifth of the world's population, making it both the most populous and most densely populated geographical region in the world.

Furthermore, people referred to as South Asians, Indo-Canadians or East Indians are one of the most diverse ethnocultural populations in Canada. Most South Asian Canadians are immigrants or descendants of immigrants from these countries, but immigrants from South Asian communities established during British colonial times also include those from East and South Africa, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Fiji and Mauritius. Others come from Britain, the US and Europe.

In 2006, Canadians of Asian ancestry comprise the largest visible minority group in Canada, at 11% of the Canadian population, and is the fastest growing. Most "Asian Canadians" are concentrated in the urban areas of southern Ontario, the Greater Vancouver area, Montreal, and other large Canadian cities. In Canada, the term 'Asian' is pan-continental, in contrast to its usage in other English-speaking countries. According to the Statistics Canada in 2006, East Asian and Southeast Asian population is 7%, South Asian population is 4%, and West Asians make up the rest of the total Asian population.

In addition, immigrants from India represented almost 12% of new immigrants, followed by immigrants from the Philippines (7%) and Pakistan (5%) (the only immigrant population that is larger than that of South Asians is that from the People's Republic of China). These four Asian countries accounted for 38% of all new immigrants to Canada in 2006. Census figures on ethnic origin reported that there were more than 1.3 million South Asian Canadians in 2006 (almost doubling from 723 345 in the 1996 census). In Canada, the 2006 census reported almost one million people with Indian ancestry, followed by people from Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.


People referred to as "South Asian" view the term in the way that those from European countries might view the label "European." While they acknowledge that South Asians share cultural and historical characteristics, their basic identification is more specifically tied to their ethnocultural roots. In areas such as Metro Toronto, over 20 distinct ethnic groups can be identified within the large (more than 714 000) South Asian population.


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Southeast Asians in Canada


Southeast Asia (or Southeastern Asia) is a subregion of Asia, consisting of the countries that are geographically south of China, east of India and north of Australia. The region lies on the intersection of geological plates, with heavy seismic and volcanic activity.

Southeast Asia consists of two geographic regions: Mainland Southeast Asia, also known as Indochina, comprises Cambodia, Laos, Burma (Myanmar), Thailand, Vietnam and Peninsular Malaysia, and Maritime Southeast Asia, which is analogous to the Malay Archipelago, comprises Brunei, East Malaysia, East Timor, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Singapore.[1]

Geographically Hong Kong,, Macau, and Taiwan are sometimes grouped in the Southeast Asia subregion, although such grouping is rare politically, since in political usage the definition of Southeast Asia is overshadowed by ASEAN memberships. The same is true for the Andaman and Nicobar Islands of India, and occasionally regions of the Seven Sister States such as Manipur.

Austronesian peoples predominate in this region. The major religions are Buddhism and Islam, followed by Christianity. However, a wide variety of religions are found throughout the region, including many Hindu and animist-influenced practices.

Countries East Asia or Eastern Asia (the latter form preferred by the United Nations) is a subregion of Asia that can be defined in either geographical[3] or cultural[4] terms. Geographically and geo-politically, it covers about 12,000,000 km2 (4,600,000 sq mi), or about 28 percent of the Asian continent, about 15 percent bigger than the area of Europe.

More than 1.5 billion people, about 38% of the population of Asia or 22% of all the people in the world, live in geographic East Asia, about twice Europe's population. The region is one of the world's most populated places, with a population density of 133 inhabitants per square kilometre (340 /sq mi), being about three times the world average of 45 /km2 (120 /sq mi).

Historically, many societies in East Asia have been part of the Chinese cultural sphere, and East Asian vocabulary and scripts are often derived from Classical Chinese and Chinese script. Sometimes Northeast Asia is used to denote Japan and Korea.[6]

Major religions include Buddhism (mostly Mahayana), Confucianism or Neo-Confucianism, Taoism, Chinese folk religion in China, Shinto in Japan, Shamanism in Korea, Mongolia and other indigenous populations of northern East Asia[7][8], and more recently Christianity[9] in South Korea. The Chinese Calendar is the root from which many other East Asian calendars are derived.

According to Statistics Canada 2006 Census, this group formed 75 of total population of Canada (about 2.2 million).


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Filipino Canadians


Filipino Canadians are Canadians of Filipino ancestry. Filipino-Canadians are the fourth-largest subgroup of the Overseas Filipinos.

Canada only had a small population of Filipinos until the late 20th century. To date, there are currently around 400,000 Filipino Canadians in Canada, most of them living in urbanized areas. This number is growing yearly due to Canada's more liberal immigration laws to compensate for their low population growth. Filipino-Canadians are the third-largest Asian-Canadian group in the nation after the Indian and Chinese communities.

They are also the largest Southeast Asian group in the country. Between the years of 2001 and 2006 the Filipino community in Canada grew from 308,575 to 410,695 or a growth of about 33%, compared to the rest of Canada which only grew by about 5%. On average, Canada received about 20,500 Filipino immigrants every year between 2001 and 2006.

Regions with significant population of Filipinos include Toronto CMA with 171, 690, Vancouver with 78, 890, Winnipeg with 36, 935, Calgary with 25, 565, Montreal with 23, 510 and Edmonton with 19, 625 people.


Predominant languages are Canadian English, Canadian French, Tagalog, Spanish, Visayan languages and other Philippine languages while they practice predominantly Catholic religion and can be found in other minority denominations.














Arab Canadians


According to the 2006 census, the Arab Canadian population is 470,580. The large majority of Canadians of Arab origin lives in either Ontario or Quebec. In 2001, almost 150,000 people of Arab descent lived in Ontario, 136,000 lived in Quebec, 28,000 in Alberta, 15,000 in British Columbia, and 9,400 in Nova Scotia.

Arab Canadians come primarily from the following Arab countries: Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, Morocco, Algeria, Egypt, Sudan, and Iraq. Predominant languages include Arabic, English, French, while religions include Islam, Christianity, Judaism, Druze, among others.

Notable individuals include the following:


Political Activists




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Latin American Canadian


A Latin American Canadian or Hispanic Canadian is a Canadian of Latin American descent or birth. Latin American is the term used by Statistics Canada. The Latin American Canadian population comprises 0.97% of the population as of 2006.

Other terms used sometimes are "Latino Canadian" and "Latin Canadian". However, the latter, though conveniently short, may be subject to controversy on whether not only people of Latin American descent are included, but also "Latins" with direct origins in Latin Europe, such as Spanish Canadians, Italian Canadians, Portuguese Canadians, and French Canadians.

Majority of Latin American Canadians are recent immigrants who arrived in the late 20th century from El Salvador, Colombia, Mexico, Chile, and Guatemala, with smaller communities from the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Ecuador and elsewhere, with all or nearly all the Latin American countries represented.

The largest Latin American Canadian communities are in the census metropolitan areas of Toronto (99,290), Montreal (75,400), Vancouver (22,695), Calgary (13,415), and Ottawa (10,630), and there are rapidly growing ones in the provinces of Alberta, Manitoba, and Nova Scotia. Majority of Latin American Canadians are bilingual or multilingual, usually speaking Spanish or Portuguese, on the one hand, and English or French on the other.

List of notable Latin American Canadians




Science and Technology


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