Ethiopia is found in eastern Africa, in the area known as 'the Horn of Africa'. Ethiopia shares borders with Sudan, Kenya, Somalia, Djibouti, and Eritrea.

Quick Facts

Population: 93.8 million (2013 est.)
Ethnic Groups: Oromo (34.5%), Amhara (26.9%), Somali (6.2%), Tigray (6.1%), Sidama (4%), Gurage (2.5%), Welaita (2.3%), Hadiya (1.7%), Afar (1.7%), Gamo (1.5%,) Gedeo (1.3%), other (11.3%)
Languages: Oromo (official regional) (33.8%), Amharic (official) (29.3%), Somali (6.2%), Tigrayan (official regional) (5.9%), Sidamo (4%), Wolaytta (2.2%), Guragiegna (2%), Afar (1.7%), Hadiyya (1.7%), Gamo (1.5%), other (11.7%), English (official) (major foreign language taught in schools), Arabic (official)
Religions: Ethiopian Orthodox (43.5%), Muslim (33.9%), Protestant (18.6%), traditional (2.6%), Catholic (0.7%), other (0.7%)

Ethiopians In Toronto

Ethiopian Population:
In Canada: 23,400
In the GTA: 10,635
In the City of Toronto: 6,505

Primary Areas of Settlement in the GTA (Social Atlas):
Markham, Vaughan, City of Toronto

As the oldest independent country in Africa, Ethiopia served an important role for African independence during the colonial period. Christianity has a long history in Ethiopia. It was introduced in the fourth century and was the state religion from 1270 until the Marxist revolution in 1974. Churches, especially evangelical churches, were severely persecuted under the communist regime. However, when the Marxist regime collapsed in 1991, Ethiopia regained its religious freedom. Today, there are over 80 different religions being practiced in Ethiopia. The main three categories of religion in Ethiopia are Christianity, Islam, and indigenous religions.

Map of Services and Churches in the GTA: 

Social and Settlement Services in the GTA


Churches in the GTA

Oromo Christian Church of Toronto
188 Lowther Avenue at Walmer Road Baptist Church
Toronto, ON 
M4T 1L7

Ethiopian Evangelical Church in Toronto
746 Pape Avenue at Calvary Church
Toronto, ON
M4K 3S7
Phone: 416-461-7024


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