Colombia

Colombia is located in the northwestern corner of South America. An interesting fact about Colombia is that it is the only country in South America with both Atlantic and Pacific Ocean coastlines. Colombia shares borders with Panama, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, and Venezuela.

Quick Facts

Population: 45.7 million (2013 est.)
Ethnic Groups: Mestizo (58%), White (20%), Mulatto (14%), Black (4%), mixed black - Amerindian (3%), Amerindian (1%)
Languages: Spanish (official)
Religions: Roman Catholic (90%), other (10%)

Colombians In Toronto

Colombian Population:
In Canada: 44,100
In the GTA: 13,060
In the City of Toronto: 5,570

Primary Areas of Settlement in the GTA (Social Atlas):
Oakville, Halton Hills, Brampton, Mississauga, Vaughan, Richmond Hill, City of Toronto (Ward 2 Etobicoke North, Ward 7 York West, Ward 11 & 12 York South-Weston, Ward 14 Parkdale-High Park)

 

Colombia has enjoyed economic stability despite a turbulent political history. In the 20th century, there was violence and conflict, but in the early 2000s the government took a hard line on terrorism. This helped pave the way to political stability, and all sides have demilitarized to some degree as a result of the peace process.Most Colombians identify as Catholics; Roman Catholicism has long been a part of Colombian culture. The major Catholic holidays (such as Easter) are celebrated, and most Colombians observe Catholic practices such as baptism, First Communion, and Catholic weddings and burials. There had been persecution and discrimination against religious minorities in the past, but the 1991 constitution gave more freedom to religious minorities.

Map of Services and Churches in the GTA: 

Social and Settlement Services in the GTA

Settlement.Org

Churches in the GTA

Ministerio Ciudad de Avivamiento/City of Revival Ministry
4141 Living Arts Drive
Mississauga, ON
L5B 4B8
Phone: 647-982-6235

Primera Iglesia Alianza Hispana
325 Weston Road, Unit 6b
Toronto, ON
M3N 4Z9
Phone: 416-630-7084

 

References: 

BBC News. (2014, May 21). Colombia profile. Retrieved July 8, 2014, from
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-19390026 

Central Intelligence Agency. (2014, June 22). The World Factbook: Colombia. Retrieved July 8, 2014, from
https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/co.html

Colombians. (2009). In T. L. Gall & J. Hobby (Eds.), Worldmark Encyclopedia of Cultures and Daily Life (2nd ed., Vol. 2, pp. 139-144). Detroit: Gale. 
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http://go.galegroup.com/ps/

Encyclopedia of the Nations. (n.d.). Colombia. Retrieved July 8, 2014, from
http://www.nationsencyclopedia.com/economies/Americas/Colombia.html 

Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada. (2009, October 15). Cultural Information - Colombia. Retrieved July 8, 2014, from
http://www.intercultures.ca/cil-cai/

Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada. (2011, December 15). Overview - Colombia. Retrieved July 8, 2014, from
http://www.intercultures.ca/cil-cai/overview

Mandryk, J. (2010). Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide to Every Nation (7th ed.). Colorado Springs: Biblica Publishing.

Prayercast. (n.d.) Colombia. Retrieved July 8, 2014, from
http://prayercast.com/colombia.html

Statistics Canada. (2011, April 7). 2006 Census of Canada: Topic-based tabulations/Ethnic Origin, Single and Multiple Ethnic Origin Responses and
Sex for the Population of Canada, Provinces, Territories, Census Metropolitan Areas and Census Agglomerations, 2006 Census - 20% Sample
Data
. Retrieved July 15, 2014, from
http://www12.statcan.gc.ca/census-recensement/