El Salvador

El Salvador is located on the Central America Isthmus. The country has a southern coastline along the North Pacific Ocean, and shares land borders with Guatemala and Honduras. El Salvador has the misfortunate of being located on one of the world's volcanic plates and has a history of destructive earthquakes. 


Population: 6.1 million
Ethnic Groups: mestizo (86.3%), White (12.7%), Amerindian (0.2%), Black (0.1%), Other (0.6%)
Languages: Spanish (Official), Nawat (among some Amerindians)
Religions: Roman Catholic (50%), Protestant (36%), Other (2%), None (12%)
Capital: San Salvador
CIA: The World Factbook - Last Updated June 26, 2017

Salvadorans in Toronto

Salvadoran Population:
In Canada: 66,215
In the GTA: 15,130
In Toronto: 9,565

Primary Areas of Settlement in the GTA (Social Atlas):
North-West of Greater Toronto Area, and East Gwillimbury.



There has been peace and stability in El Salvador since 1992, when the civil war ended. Today, the the most significant social issue in El Salvador is the massive gap between the rich and the poor. However, remittances from Salvadorans working abroad do much to help mitigate the effects of poverty. El Salvador's constitution recognizes the Catholic Church, but there is freedom of religion for other denominations. Some of Latin America's largest megachurches are in El Salvador, where there is a very large evangelical population.

Settlement Services in the GTA


Churches in the GTA

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

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