France is the largest country in western Europe. It is located between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, sharing borders with Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg, Andorra, and Monaco. France is bordered by three different mountain chains: the Pyrenees, the Jura, and the Alps. The country's capital city, Paris, accommodates about one sixth of the nation's total population.

Quick Facts

Population: 65.9 million (2013 est.)
Ethnic Groups: Celtic and Latin with Teutonic, Slavic, North African, Indochinese, Basque minorities
Languages: French (official) 
Religions: Roman Catholic (83%-88%), Protestant (2%), Jewish (1%), Muslim (5%-10%), unaffiliated (4%)

French In Toronto

French Population:
In Canada: 4,941,210
In the GTA: 241,395
In the City of Toronto: 91,520

Primary Areas of Settlement in the GTA (Social Atlas):
East Gwillimbury, Newmarket, Aurora, King, Southern part of Uxbridge, Georgina, Caledon, Ajax, Halton Hills, Oakvillew, Milton, City of Toronto (Don Valley West, Beaches-East York)

France is a developed country with a strong healthcare system and efficient transportation infrastructure. It is a member of the European Union. Catholicism was once dominant but has been declining for decades as atheism grows. Today, France is a very secular state; public servants and education workers are not allowed to wear obvious religious apparel. Nevertheless, Catholicism continues to play an important role in some aspects of French society. For example, it is common for people in France to attend a midnight mass on Christmas.

Map of Services and Churches in the GTA: 

Social and Settlement Services in the GTA


Churches in the GTA

Jarvis Street Baptist Church
130 Gerrard Street East
Toronto, ON
M5A 3T4
Phone: 416-925-3261


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