Ecuador

Ecuador is found on the west coast of South America, between Colombia and Peru. Ecuador's captial city, Quito, is placed on the Andes mountain range. The Republic of Ecuador also includes the Galapagos Islands, which are 1,000 kilometres from the coast. The Galapagos Islands are well known for their land and marine animals, including unique birds and gigantic land tortoises. In fact, "Galapagos" is an ancient Spanish word meaning "tortoise."

Quick Facts

Population: 15 million (2013 est.)
Ethnic Groups: Mestizo (mixed Amerindian and white) (71.9%), Montubio (7.4%), Afroecuadorian (7.2%), Amerindian (7%), white (6.1%), other (0.4%)
Languages: Spanish (official), indigenous (Quechua, Shuar)
Religions: Roman Catholic (95%), other (5%)

Ecuadorians In Toronto

Ecuadorian Population:
In Canada: 16,485
In the GTA: 12,975
In the City of Toronto: 6,390

Primary Areas of Settlement in the GTA (Social Atlas):
City of Toronto (ward 2 Etobicoke North, 7 York west, 11 & 12 York South-weston, 17 Davenport), Vaughan, nothern part of Uxbridge, Brampton, Oakville

Ecuador became independent from Spain in 1830. Poverty is a major social problem and political stability is rare, even though Ecuador has been a democracy since 1979. The vast majority of Ecuador's population identifies as Christian, and most of them are Catholic. The Catholic faith has a strong influence on the culture; birth, marriage, and death are often marked by Catholic cermonies and many towns celebrate Christmas with a festive parade. There is freedom of religion.

Map of Services and Churches in the GTA: 

Social and Settlement Services in the GTA

Settlement.Org

Churches in the GTA

Primera Iglesia Alianza Hispana
325 Weston Road, Unit 6b
Toronto, ON
M6N 4Z9
Phone: 416-630-7084

References: 

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https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/ec.html

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http://go.galegroup.com/ps/

Encyclopedia of the Nations. (n.d.). Ecuador. Retrieved July 9, 2014, from
http://www.nationsencyclopedia.com/economies/Americas/Ecuador.html 

Encyclopedia of the Nations. (n.d.). Ecuador. Retrieved July 9, 2014, from
http://www.nationsencyclopedia.com/geography/Congo-Democratic-Republic-of-the-to-India/Ecuador.html 

Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada. (2009, October 15). Cultural Information - Ecuador. Retrieved July 9, 2014, from
http://www.intercultures.ca/cil-cai/

Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada. (2011, December 15). Overview - Ecuador. Retrieved July 9, 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.

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/2006