Bahá’í National Centre
The national administrative centre for Bahá’í activities in Canada is the Bahá’í National Centre, located in Markham, Ontario, a suburb of Toronto. With a staff of approximately 30 full-time employees, the National Centre is an institution of Bahá’í community life known in Persian as the Haziratu’l-Quds, or “sacred fold.” As the key communication and coordination centre for the Bahá’ís of Canada, the National Centre enables the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of Canada to keep in close touch with Canada’s local Bahá’í communities and believers, encourage and supervise projects of benefit to Canada, and keep in close touch with the international work of the Bahá’í community around the world.
Departments that are housed at the Bahá’í National Centre include the Secretariat of the National Spiritual Assembly, the National Teaching Committee, the Department of External Affairs, the International Pioneer Committee, the National Treasury, and the departments of Records, Information Technology, Counselling, and Translation.
The National Centre building sits on a beautiful landscaped property of 21 acres. The building was opened in 1974. Since then, the city of Markham has expanded greatly, but the area around the Bahá’í National Centre has remained a very green and beautiful area of parkland in a lovely, natural ravine setting.