Portugal is located in southwestern Europe, in the west end of the Iberian Peninsula. Portugal borders the North Atlantic Ocean to the west and Spain to the east. Its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean keeps its climate temperate.


Population: 10.8 million
Ethnic Groups: Mediterranean, Black African, European
Languages: Portuguese (Official), Mirandese (Official)
Religions: Roman Catholic (81%), other Christian (3.3%), Other (0.6%), None (6.8%), Unspecified (8.3%)
Capital: Lisbon
CIA: The World Factbook - Last Updated July 11, 2017

Portuguese in Toronto

Portuguese Population:
In Canada: 482,605
In the GTA: 210,425
In Toronto: 100,415

Primary Areas of Settlement in the GTA (Social Atlas):
Mississauga, Brampton, Caledon, Vaughan, King, and the City of Toronto (Ward 11 York South-Weston, Ward 17 & 18 Davenport).

Portugal has a weaker economy than most of its European counterparts, but it still enjoys a much higher standard of living that most countries around the world. Portugal has had freedom of religion since 1974 and separation of church and state since 1976. Nevertheless, Catholicism continues to have a massive impact on life in Portugal. For example, Roman Catholics in Portugal are allowed to designate 0.5% of their income tax to the Catholic Church, and almost everybody is baptized and married in the Church.

Settlement Services in the GTA

First Portuguese Canadian Cultural Centre
60 Caledonia Road
Toronto, ON
M6E 4S3
Phone: 416-531-9971

Churches in the GTA

Igreja Vida Nova - New Life Church
2365 St. Clair Avenue West
Toronto, ON 
M6N 1K9
Phone: 416-766-5695

St. Mary's Church
588 Adelaide Street West
Toronto, ON 
M6J 3P8
Phone: 416-703-2326


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