Guatemala is in Central America, between the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean. Located just south of Mexico, Guetemala enjoys an agreeable climate. This, combined with its Mayan ruins and diverse landscape, makes Guetemala a popular destination for tourists. In fact, tourism is the most profitable of all the components in the country's service industry.

Quick Facts

Population:14 million (2013 est.)
Ethnic Groups: Mestizo (mixed Amerindian-Spanish) and European (59.4%), K'iche (9.1%), Kaqchikel (8.4%), Mam (7.9%), Q'eqchi (6.3%), other Mayan (8.6%), indigenous non-Mayan (0.2%), other (0.1%)
Languages: Spanish (official) (60%), Amerindian languages (40%)
Religions: Roman Catholic, Protestant, indigenous Mayan beliefs

Guatemalans In Toronto

Guatemalan Population:
In Canada: 18,205
In the GTA: 4,425
In the City of Toronto: 2,150

Primary Areas of Settlement in the GTA (Social Atlas):
East Gwillimbury, King, Vaughan, Richmond Hill, York Centre (City of Toronto), Halton Hills, Brampton, Mississauga, Milton

The government of Guetemala signed a peace treaty in 1996, which ended 36 years of guerrilla warfare. Although the peace agreement allowed the country to begin moving forward, it has been difficult for Guetemala to escape its troubled past. Poverty is still a serious issue that must be tackled. Guetemala has had separation of church and state for more than 100 years. The majority of Guatemalans are Catholics, but there is also a sizable Protestant minority. Many Amerindians have preserved indigenous Mayan beliefs, which involve gods that govern over various aspects of daily life.

Map of Services and Churches in the GTA: 

Social and 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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