The development of a Latino-Hispanic community in Canada is a phenomenon born mainly in the mid nineteenth sixties. It was due to the development of Canada itself and its needs for building a productive infrastructure capacity in Central Canada, mainly Ontario.
This is the foundation for the first significant migration of South Americans of Colombian and Ecuadorian origin, part of the so-called Andean wave of migration to Canada. Among those immigrants arriving, the key characteristic was their capacity to work in largely unskilled jobs that required commitment and simple human power. It followed in terms of Latin American migration the Coup wave which changed fundamentally the make up of the community here with the settlement of intellectuals, bureaucrats, and highly skilled labour, and significant components of the intelligentsia of the Latin American ABC, Argentina, Brazil and Chile throughout the seventies and early eighties.
What followed from the mid eighties onward will be the Central American wave and the High Tech wave. The Central American wave is the product of the civil war, which displaced hundreds of thousands of peoples throughout the region, and the last wave has been recognized as the displacement of significant numbers of professionals and entrepreneurs from all over the continent who have looked to Canada as the place to position themselves in the new global economy. Statistically, this means a growth from negligible numbers of Spanish speaking individuals in Canada, to a number of seven hundred and forty thousand in 2008, according to Statistics Canada.
The Toronto Hispanic Chamber of Commerce allows you to gain access to this giant Hispanic world. We have created the Canadian Hispanic Business Magazine and its prerogative is to diffuse business activities of Hispanics and Canadians and thereby facilitate business opportunities for all interested parties. The business opportunities are incredible.
In every new issue of CHBM, readers will find information written in a simple, up-to-date and useful way, that discusses practices and experiences of the business community.
Advertisers will find CHBM a good vehicle to advertise their products and services to a very important and large target group. The Canadian Hispanic Business Magazine along with the Toronto Hispanic Chamber of Commerce have a mission to be the bridge connecting Hispanics in Canada and worldwide.
CHBM wants to thank the dedicated support given by The THCC, Canadian Business Magazine, Scotiabank, the Canadian Franchising Association as well as many other institutions and individuals who directly or indirectly influenced this work.