Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is an island country between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. It shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti. Even though the waters around the Dominican Republic are full of fish, the fishing industry is underdeveloped.

Quick Facts

Population: 10 million (2013 est.)
Ethnic Groups:mixed (73%), white (16%), black (11%)
Languages: Spanish (official)
Religions: Roman Catholic (95%), other (5%)

Dominicans In Toronto

Dominican Population:
In Canada: 12,200
In the GTA: 3,805
In the City of Toronto: 1,545

Economic progress in the early 1970s was halted by corruption and bloated government, but the Dominican Republic's economic fortunes took a turn for the better in 2004 when more robust policies were introduced. Today, Dominicans enjoy a higher standard of living than their geographical neighbours, the Haitians, but social problems such as inadequate housing persist.Catholicism is unofficially the state religion, but non-Catholics have full freedom of religion. The influence of Catholicism on the Dominican Republic is evident in the country's coat of arms, which contains both a Bible and a cross. The coat of arms is found in the centre of the Dominican Republic's flag.

Map of Services and Churches in the GTA: 

Social and Settlement Services in the GTA

Canadian Caribbean Association of Halton
1200 Speers Road, Unit 40
Oakville, ON
L6L 2X4
Phone: 905-257-0908

Thornhill African Caribbean Canadian Association
1136 Centre Street, Suite 3
Thornhill, ON
L4J 3M8
Phone: 416-458-2534

Churches in the GTA

The Peoples Church
374 Sheppard Avenue East
Toronto, ON
M2N 3B6
Phone: 416-222-3241


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