Poland

Poland is found in Central Europe. Poland shares borders with Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ukraine, Belarus, and Lithuania. To the north of Poland is the Baltic Sea, which is important to Poland's fishing industry.

QUICK FACTS

Population: 38.5 million
Ethnic Groups: Polish (96.9%), Silesian (1.1%), German (0.2%), Ukrainian (0.1%), Other and Unspecified (1.7%)
Languages: Polish (98.2%), Silesian (1.4%), Other (1.1%), Unspecified (1.3%)
Religions: Catholic (87.2%), Orthodox (1.3%) (almost all are Polish Autocephalous Orthodox), Protestant (0.4%) (mainly Augsburg Evangelical and Pentacostal), Other (0.4%), Unspecified (10.8%)
Capital: Warsaw
CIA: The World Factbook - Last Updated July 11, 2017

Polish in Toronto

Polish Population:
In Canada: 984,565
In the GTA: 207,495
In the City of Toronto: 82,035

Primary Areas of Settlement in the GTA (Social Atlas):
Milton, Halton Hills, Caledon, Oakville, Mississauga, Vaughan, Richmond Hill, Aurora, and City of Toronto (Wards 5 & 6, Ward 12 York South - Weston, Ward 15 Eglinton-Lawrence, Ward 17 Davenport).

Poland became a multiparty democracy in 1989 after years of Communist rule and joined the European Union in 2004. Today, Poland enjoys a higher standard of living than most countries, and life expectancy is around 75.5 years. Poland's relationship with the Catholic Church is much closer now than it was before 1978, when Cardinal Karol Wojtyła became Pope John Paul II, the first Polish pope. Today, the vast majority of Poles identify as Roman Catholic, and Catholicism is a large part of Polish identity.

Settlement Services in the GTA

Polish Heritage in Canada
288 Roncesvalles Avenue
Toronto, ON 
M6R 2M4
Phone: 416-532-2876

Polycultural Immigrant & Community Services (PICS)
17 Four Seasons Place, Suite 102
Toronto, ON 
M9B 6E6
Phone: 416-233-1655

Polish Churches in the GTA

Polish Baptist Church
2611 Dundas Street West
Toronto, ON 
M6P 1X8


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