Taiwan is a island nation found in eastern Asia. Taiwan is close to southeast part of China. Since the 1970s, the international community has recognized Taiwan as a separate nation from China.


Population: 23 million (2014 est.)
Ethnic Groups: Taiwanese (including Hakka) (84%), mainland Chinese (14%), indigenous (2%)
Languages: Mandarin Chinese (official), Taiwanese (Min), Hakka dialects
Religions: mixture of Buddhist and Taoist (93%), Christian (4.5%), other (2.5%)


Taiwanese Population:
In Canada: 17,705
In the GTA: 4,065
In the City of Toronto: 2,060

Primary Areas of Settlement in the GTA (Social Atlas):
King, Vaughan, Markham, Richmond Hill, Mississauga, City of Toronto (North York)

When mainland China fell to the Communists in 1949, the Nationalist Chinese government relocated to Taiwan. Today, it is a multiparty democracy. Its economy is industrialized and export-oriented. Its political status remains ambiguous: in practice it is an independent state but it legally is a province of China. The international community largely regards it as separate from China. Nevertheless, the economic and cultural ties between Taiwan and mainland China are very close. Taiwan is a secular state with freedom of religion. The vast majority of people in Taiwan adhere to Buddhism, Confucianism, Daoism, Taiwanese folk religion, or a combination of two or more of these. There is also a small but growing Christian minority.

Map of Services and Churches in the GTA: 

Social and Settlement Services in the GTA


Churches in the GTA

Toronto Formosan Presbyterian Church
31 Eastwood Road
Toronto, ON
M4L 2C4
Phone: 416-778-9615

Taiwanese United Church in Toronto
53 Cummer Avenue
Toronto, ON
M2M 2E5
Phone: 416-733-8183

Formosan Grace Christian Church in Toronto
841 Progress Avenue
Toronto, ON
M1H 2X4
Phone: 416-850-2270


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