Egypt

Located in the northeast corner of Africa, Egypt occupies a strategic position linking the continents of Africa and Asia. Egypt borders Libya on the West, Sudan on the South, Israel and the Red Sea on the East, and the Mediterranean Sea on the North.

QUICK FACTS

Population: 94.6 million
Ethnic Groups: Egyptian (99.6%), Other (0.4%)
Languages: Arabic (Official), English, and French
Religions: Muslim (Primarily Sunni; minorities of Shia and Sufi) (90%), Coptic Christian (9%), Other Christian denominations (1%)
Capital: Cairo
CIA: The World Factbook - Last Updated June 21, 2017

Egyptians in Toronto

Egyptian Population:
In Canada: 54,875
In the GTA: 20,105
In the City of Toronto: 5,935

Primary Areas of Settlement in the GTA (Social Atlas):
Richmond Hill, Markham, Vaughan, Mississauga, Aurora, and City of Toronto (Ward 25 Don Valley West, Ward 39 Scarborough-Agincourt, Ward 37 Scarborough Centre).

The Coptic Orthodox Church is the largest Christian body in Egypt as well as in the entire Middle East area. Coptic Christianity in Egypt was very prevalent in the early days of Christianity. However, the split of universal church (AD 451) caused persecution from other Christians, and consequently weakened the Coptic Christian community in Egypt. In addition, Arab Muslims invaded Egypt in AD 649, spreading the Islamic religion across Egypt. By the end of 12th century, Egypt had become a predominantly Muslim country. However, since the middle of the 20th century, the Coptic Christian Church in Egypt has had a remarkable revival. The Coptic Church in Egypt now has more than 9 million followers.

Settlement Services in the GTA

Arab Community Centre of Toronto
555 Burnhamthorpe Road, Suite 209
Etobicoke, ON
M9C 2Y3
Phone: 416-231-7746

Canadian Coptic Newcomers Services
1245 Eglington Avenue West
Missisauga, ON
L5V 2M4
Phone: 905-567-9150

Churches in the GTA

Church of the Virgin Mary and St. Athanasius
1245 Eglington Avenue West
Missisauga, ON
L5V 2M4
Phone: 905-567-4032

Life In Christ Ministry (LinC)
7255 Warden Avenue
Markham, ON
L3R 1B4
Phone: 416-222-7510

St. Mary and St. Demiana Coptic Orthodox Church
87 Elmhurst Drive
Toronto, ON
M9W 2K2
Phone: 416-745-1643

St. Maurice and St. Verena Coptic Orthodox Church
Phone: 416-800-8888

St. Moses and St. Katherine Coptic Orthodox Church
Trinity College Chapel at 6 Hopkins Avenue
Toronto, ON
M5S 1H8
Phone: 647-968-2865


Explore Cultural Resources