As the third-largest country in the South America, Peru is located on the western coast of South America. Peru shares borders with Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil, Bolivia, and Chile. It has a coastline on the Pacific Ocean and is an international leader in terms of fish production.


Population: 30 million (2013 est.)
Ethnic Groups: Amerindian (45%), mestizo (mixed Amerindian and white) (37%), white (15%), black, Japanese, Chinese, and other (3%)
Languages: Spanish (official) (84.1%), Quechua (official) (13%,) Aymara (official) (1.7%), Ashaninka (0.3%), others (0.9%)
Religions: Roman Catholic (81.3%), Evangelical (12.5%), other (3.3%), unspecified or none (2.9%)


Peruvian Population:
In Canada: 25,970
In the GTA: 7,100
In the City of Toronto: 2,745

Primary Areas of Settlement in the GTA (Social Atlas):
King, Southern part of Uxbridge, Vaughan, Brampton, Mississauga, Oakville, Brampton, City of Toronto (Wards 1 & 2 Etobicoke North, Ward 7 York West)

Much of Peru's population continues to live in poverty, but economic growth has been strong since 2000. The 1978 constitution guaranteed religious freedom but there is still a bias towards the Catholic Church, which is the state church. However, in recent years, the Catholic Church has been on the decline as members are turning to atheism or evangelicalism. In 1960, there were only 78,000 evangelicals in Peru, but the number increased to 3.4 million by 2010; evangelicals now account for more than one-tenth of the population.

Map of Services and Churches in the GTA: 

Social and Settlement Services

Haitian Churches

Ministerio Ciudad de Avivamiento/City of Revival Ministry
4141 Living Arts Drive
Mississauga, ON 
L5B 4B8

Primera Iglesia Alianza Hispana
6B-325 Weston Road
Toronto, ON 
M6N 4Z9
Phone: 416-630-7084


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