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 (2013 est.)
Ethnic Groups: Mediterranean, Black African, European
Languages: Portuguese (official), Mirandese (official, but locally used)
Religions: Roman Catholic (81%), other Christian (3.3%), other (0.6%), none (6.8%), unspecified (8.3%)


Portuguese Population:
In Canada: 410,850
In the GTA: 188,110
In the City of Toronto: 76,665

Primary Areas of Settlement in the GTA (Social Atlas):
Mississauga, Brampton, Caledon, Vaughan, King, 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.

Map of Services and Churches in the GTA: 

Social and Settlement Services

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

Portuguese Churches

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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