Iraq is found in the Middle East, between Iran and Saudi Arabia. Iraq also shares borders with Turkey, Syria, Jordan, and Kuwait. Iraq's location is the basis for its economy. It has the world's third-largest known oil reserves.


Population: 31.8 million (2013 est.)
Ethnic Groups: Arab (75%-80%), Kurdish (15%-20%), Turkoman, Assyrian, or other (5%)
Languages: Arabic (official), Kurdish (official), Turkmen, Assyrian, and Armenian
Religions: Muslim (official) - 97% (Shia 60%-65%, Sunni 32%-37%), Christian or other (3%)


Iraqi Population:
In Canada: 29,955
In the GTA: 11,925
In the City of Toronto: 3,750

Primary Areas of Settlement in the GTA (Social Atlas):
Brampton, Mississauga, Vaughan, Richmond Hill, Etobicoke North, Scarborough-Rouge River, Scarborough East, Markham, Aurora, King

Iraq is home to one of the earliest civilizations, known as Mesopotamia in the ancient world. Unfortunately, its modern history has been full of conflict. There was the war with Iran from 1980 to 1988, the 1991 Gulf War, the dictatorship of Saddam Hussein, and the American invasion. The vast majority of people in Iraq are Muslims. Although the Muslim leaders are becoming more progressive, extremist groups have persecuted religious minorities and are advocating for shari'a law. Religious minorities are offered little protection from the government and police. The Iraqi constitution does not deny freedom of religion, but states that no laws can contravene Islam. Therefore, it is difficult for religions other than Islam to exist in Iraq.

Map of Services and Churches in the GTA: 

Social and Settlement Services in the GTA

The Arab Community Centre of Toronto
555 Burnhamthorpe Road, Suite 209
Etobicoke, ON
M9C 2Y3
Phone: 416-231-7746

Arab Immigrant Centre
85 Ellesmere Road
Scarborough, ON
M1R 4C1
Phone: 416-444-1163

Iraqi Canadian Society of Ontario
Phone: 416-494-1438


Churches in the GTA

Life In Christ Ministry (LinC)
7255 Warden Avenue
Markham, ON
L3R 1B4
Phone: 416-222-7510
Sunday Service: 11am


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