Located in the southern part of Asia, India is one of the largest and most heavily populated countries in the world. India borders the Arabian Sea, the Bay of Bengal, Bangladesh, Nepal, China, and Pakistan. India has fought with Pakistan over the ownership of the northern regions of Jammu and Kashmir. India also fought with China in 1962 over northeastern parts of Jammu and Kashmir.


Population: 1.26 billion
Ethnic Groups: Indo-Aryan (72%), Dravidian (25%), Mongoloid and Other (3%)
Languages: English, Hindi (41%), Bengali (8.1%), Telugu (7.2%), Marathi (7%), Tamil (5.9%), Urdu (5%), Gujarati (4.5%), Kannada (3.7%), Malayalam (3.2%), Oriya (3.2%), Punjabi (2.8%), Assamese (1.3%), Maithili (1.2%), Other (5.9%)
Religions: Hindu (79.8%), Muslim (14.2%), Christian (2.3%), Sikh (1.7%), Other and Unspecified (2%)
Capital: New Delhi
CIA: The World Factbook - Last Updated July 11, 2017

Indians in Toronto

Indian Population:
In Canada: 1,374,710
In the GTA: 643,370
In Toronto: 202,675

Primary Areas of Settlement in the GTA (Social Atlas):
Scarborough-Rouge River, Etobicoke North, Brampton, Markham, Richmond Hill, Vaughan, Pickering (South), and Ajax.

India is a country of rich diversity. Its 28 Union States and 7 Union Territories are home to over one billion people who belong to more than 2,500 distinct people groups. The caste system includes four major divisions, approximately 4,700 castes, and approximately 25,000 subcastes. The caste system impacts life much more in rural areas than in cities. While caste-based discrimination is illegal, it continues to persist. The constitution provides Indians with full religious freedom. However, some state governments discriminate against religious minorities (for example, some have passed anti-conversion laws that deny state benefits to Christian converts who belong to low castes.) There is a great deal of religious diversity in India, and holidays of all major religious groups are celebrated.

Settlement Services in the GTA

Churches in the GTA

All Peoples Church
41 Finchgate Boulevard
Brampton, ON
L6T 3H8
Phone: 905-846-7273

Gujarati Church of Canada
363 Howden Boulevard
Brampton, ON
L6S 4L6
Phone: 905-450-7500

Hebron Pentecostal Church
312 Rexdale Boulevard
Toronto, ON
M9W 1R6
Phone: 416-743-9435

Lightbearers of Christ Church International
1 Regan Road
Brampton, ON
L7A 1B8
Phone: 905-450-2074
Sunday Service: 3 PM (in Urdu, Punjabi, and Hindi)

Manna Christian Fellowship Toronto
2370 Midland Avenue, Unit A35
Scarborough, ON
M1S 5C6
Phone: 647-633-6869
Sunday Service in Malayalam: 3:30 PM - 6:30 PM

South Asian Christian Churches Toronto

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