Jamaica is found in the Caribbean Sea, south of Cuba. Its geographical location is both a blessing and a curse. While many travelers regard Jamaica as an "island paradise" and contribute to Jamaica's strong tourism industry, the country is also frequently affected by hurricanes.


Population: 2.9 million (2013 est.)
Ethnic Groups: Black (91.2%), mixed (6.2%), other or unknown (2.6%)
Languages: English, patois English
Religions: Protestant (62.5%), Roman Catholic (2.6%), other or unspecified (14.2%), none (20.9%)


Jamaican Population:
In Canada: 231,110
In the GTA: 160,205
In the City of Toronto: 58,630

Primary Areas of Settlement in the GTA (Social Atlas):
Brampton, Ajax, Etobicoke North, Scarborough-Rouge River, Scarborough East

Jamaica has a Christian heritage, and today, most of the population identifies as Christian. Other religions present in Jamaica include Baha'i, Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism, and indigenous beliefs. Jamaica currently faces economic challenges such as high public debt and unemployment. Despite these challenges, their healthcare system is considered good, and life expectancy for males and females are both above 70 years. There is freedom of religion.

Map of Services and Churches in the GTA: 

Social and Settlement Services in the GTA

Jamaican Canadian Association
995 Arrow Road
Toronto, ON
M9M 2Z5
Phone: 416-746-5772

Churches in the GTA

Hope Church
14 Centre Street
Toronto, ON
M1J 3B5
Phone: 416-269-0193

The Peoples Church
374 Sheppard Avenue East
Toronto, ON
M2N 3B6
Phone: 416-222-3241

All Nations Full Gospel Church
4401 Steeles Avenue West
Toronto, ON
M3N 2S4
Phone: 416-665-9964


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