Tanzania is located in the eastern coast of African continent. Tanzania borders the Indian Ocean to the east; Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, and Burundi to the south; and Zambia, Malawi, and Mozambique to the south. Its proximity to the equator means that Tanzania's climate is mostly tropical.


Population: 49.6 million (2014 est.)
Ethnic Groups: African (Bantu - 95%, 130 tribes) - 99%, others - 1% (Asian, European, and Arab). Zanzibar: Arab, native African, mixed Arab and African
Languages: Kiswahili (official), Kiunguju, English (official), Arabic, local languages
Religions: mainland - Christian 30%, Muslim 35%, indigenous beliefs 35%; Zanzibar - more than 99% Muslim


Tanzanian Population:
In Canada: 2,220
In the GTA: 1,135
In the City of Toronto: 625

Primary Areas of Settlement in the GTA (Social Atlas):

Tanganyika and Zanzibar united to form Tanzania in 1964. It was ruled by one party until multiparty democracy arrived in 1992. Today, living conditions are difficult and there is a great deal of poverty, as Tanzania is struggling to progress from its socialist past. There are reasons for optimism, however, as Tanzania contains mineral deposits and has a large tourism industry. Tanzanians have religious freedom. The large Christian and Muslim populations are very active, but live in harmony. While the country is approximately equally split between Christians and Muslims, Zanzibar is almost completely Muslim. There is also a large number of Tanzanians who subscribe to indigenous beliefs.

Map of Services and Churches in the GTA: 

Social and Settlement Services in the GTA


Tanzanian Canadian Association (TCA)
421 Eglinton Avenue West, Suite #3
Toronto, ON
M5N 1A4

Churches in the GTA

African-Canadian Christian Network
1875 Sheppard Avenue West
Toronto, ON
M3L 1Y6
Phone: 416-744-3084


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