Located in southern Europe, Italy is a peninsula extending to the Mediterranean Sea. The shape of the Italian Peninsula is a boot.


Population: 61 million (2013 est.)
Ethnic Groups: Italian (includes small clusters of German-, French-, and Slovene-Italians in the north and Albanian-Italians and Greek-Italians in the south)
Languages: Italian (official), German, French, Slovene
Religions: Christian 80% (overwhelmingly Roman Catholic with small groups of Protestants), Muslims NEGL (about 700,000 but growing), Atheists and Agnostics 20%


Italian Population:
In Canada: 1,445,335
In the GTA: 466,155
In the City of Toronto: 153,605

Primary Areas of Settlement in the GTA (Social Atlas):
Vaughan, Caledon, King, Richmond Hill, York South-Weston, Eglinton-Lawrence

Italy is a highly industrialized country in Europe. Roman Catholicism was the state religion until 1984. Although most Italians still identify as Catholic, the numbers of practicing Catholics and new priests are declining. Nevertheless, Catholicism still has a significant impact on things like education and family life. Other religious groups in Italy include Protestants and Muslims.

Map of Services and Churches in the GTA: 

Social and Settlement Services in the GTA


Churches in the GTA

New Life Christian Church
8111 Weston Road
Vaughan, ON
L4L 9T6
Phone: 905-265-8828

Torbram Pentecostal Church
8500 Torbram Road, Unit 58
Brampton, ON
L6T 5C9
Phone: 905-790-2831


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