Iran is located in the Middle East and borders Armenia, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, and Turkey. Iran is located between the Caspian Sea and the Persian Gulf; consequently, fishing is an important industry there. The Caspian Sea is an excellent supply of sturgeon, salmon and other species of fish.


Population: 79.8 million
Ethnic Groups: Persian (61%), Azeri (16%), Kurd (10%), Lur (6%), Baloch (2%), Arab (2%), Turkmen and Turkic tribes (2%), other (1%)
Languages: Persian (official) (53%), Azeri Turkic and Turkic dialects (18%), Kurdish (10%), Gilaki and Mazandarani (7%), Luri (6%), Balochi (2%), Arabic (2%), Other (2%)
Religions: Muslim (official) (98%) (Shia 89%, Sunni 9%), Other (includes Zoroastrian, Jewish, Christian, and Baha'i) (2%)


Iranian Population:
In Canada: 121,510
In the GTA: 56,925
In the City of Toronto: 6,175

Primary Areas of Settlement in the GTA (Social Atlas):
Newmarket, Aurora, Richmond Hill, Markham, Willowdale, Don Valley West, Don Valley East

An Iranian’s personal space is generally closer than that of a Canadian. Men are openly affectionate with each other, often holding hands in public and frequently greeting each other with a hug and two or three kisses to the cheeks. Women are also very affectionate with each other in public. What is considered proper etiquette becomes less clear when both men and women are involved. It is important to remember not to be too direct, and the general rule of thumb is to always be respectful.

Map of Services and Churches in the GTA: 

Social and Settlement Services in the GTA

Parya Trillium Foundation
344 John Street
Markham, ON
L3T 5W5
Phone: 905-764-0202

Iranian-Canadian Network
20 Hwy#7 East
P.O. Box 82014
Richmond Hill, ON
L4B 3K2
Phone: 416-312-4226

Iranian Women's Organization of Ontario
1761 Sheppard Avenue East
Toronto, ON
M2J 0A5
Phone: 416-496-9566

Churches in the GTA

Mohabat Alliance Church
89 Centre Avenue East
North York, ON
M2M 2L7
Phone: 416-223-2323

Toronto Iranian Christian Church
432 Sheppard Avenue East
Toronto, ON
M2N 3B7
Phone: 416-443-9996

Iranian Church of Richmond Hill
75 Oxford Street
Richmond Hill, ON
L4C 4L6
Phone: 647-866-4182

The Spirit of Truth Church
25 Centre Avenue
Toronto, ON
M2M 3W8


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