Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Geography & Environmental Studies


Faculty of Arts

First Advisor

Judy Bates

Advisor Role

Thesis Supervisor


This study explores Bangladeshi immigrants’ settlement experiences in Kitchener-Waterloo (K-W) and alyses their housing history, housing search process, barriers and discrimination in accessing housing in the area. It reveals the factors that influence Bangladeshi immigrants housing accessibility in K-W. It also summarises recommendations to support and improve their housing situation. Qualitative research methods were used to collect and document the findings of the research.

The study findings reveal Bangladeshi immigrant households in K-W have comparaitvely higher levels of education compared to mainstream population and better employment condition compared to other Bangladeshi immigrants living in Toronto or Montreal. Many of these households have utilized higher educational opportunities in local universities as a more viable strategy of successful settlement in Canada. However, some of the existing practices in the rental market restrict their housing accessibility and limited social interaction with the mainstream Canadian society hampers Bangladeshi immigrant households’ overall wellbeing in the city.

The findings of the research indicate that Bangladeshi immigrant households in K-W have attained a very different social status compared to their counterparts in Toronto and Montreal. Bangladeshi immigrant households in K-W thus provide a very positive example of immigrant settlement in Canada.

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