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. 

Quick Facts

Population: 6 million (2013 est.)
Ethnic Groups: Mestizo (86.3%), White (12.7%), Amerindian (1%)
Languages: Spanish (official), Nahua (among some Amerindians)
Religions: Roman Catholic (57.1%), Protestant (21.2%), Jehovah's Witnesses (1.9%), Mormon (0.7%), other religions (2.3%), none (16.8%)

Salvadorans In Toronto

Salvadoran Population:
In Canada: 59,145
In the GTA: 13,770
In the City of Toronto: 7,250

Primary Areas of Settlement in the GTA (Social Atlas):
North west of Greater Toronto Area, 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.

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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Encyclopedia of the Nations. (n.d.). El Salvador. Retrieved July 9, 2014, from
http://www.nationsencyclopedia.com/geography/

Encyclopedia of the Nations. (n.d.). El Salvador. Retrieved July 9, 2014, from
http://www.nationsencyclopedia.com/World-Leaders-2003/El-Salvador.html 

Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada. (2009, October 15). Cultural Information - El Salvador. Retrieved July 9, 2014, from
http://www.intercultures.ca/cil-cai/ci-ic-eng.asp?iso=sv#cn-2 

Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada. (2011, December 15). Overview - El Salvador. Retrieved July 9, 2014, from
http://www.intercultures.ca/cil-cai/overview-apercu-eng.asp?iso=sv

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

Salvadorans/Salvadorians. (2009). In T. L. Gall & J. Hobby (Eds.), Worldmark Encyclopedia of Cultures and Daily Life (2nd ed., Vol. 2, pp. 481-485). 
Detroit: Gale. Retrieved July 17, 2014, from 
http://go.galegroup.com/ps/i.do?id=

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
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