Ukraine, the second-largest country in Eastern Europe, is found at the southwest corner of Russia. To the south of Ukraine is the Black Sea.


Population: 85 million (2013 est.)
Ethnic Groups: Ukrainian (77.8%), Russian (17.3%), Belarusian (0.6%), Moldovan (0.5%), Crimean Tatar (0.5%), Bulgarian (0.4%), Hungarian (0.3%), Romanian (0.3%), Polish (0.3%), Jewish (0.2%), other (1.8%)
Languages: Ukrainian (official) 67%, Russian 24%, Others (Romanian, Polish, Hungarian)
Religions: Ukrainian Orthodox - Kyiv Patriarchate (50.4%), Ukrainian Orthodox - Moscow Patriarchate (26.1%), Ukrainian Greek Catholic (8%), Ukrainian Autocephaious Orthodox (7.2%), Roman Catholic (2.2%), Protestant (2.2%), Jewish (0.6%), others (3.2%)


Ukrainian Population:
In Canada: 1,209,085
In the GTA: 122,510
In the City of Toronto: 52,205

Primary Areas of Settlement in the GTA (Social Atlas):
Richmond Hill, Vaughan, Oakville, Halton Hills, Caledon, King, East Gwillimbury, Newmarket, Aurora, Whitchurch-stoufville, City of Toronto (Ward 5 & 6 Etobicoke Lakeshore)

Ukraine has a rich Christian heritage - Christianity was found in Ukraine as early as in the first century AD. Christianity was further spread in this area of the world during the 9th century due to missionaries and during the 10th century because of Christian rulers. Ukrainians suffered greatly during the Communist era of the 20th century, and the Church was persecuted. However, there has been freedom of religion since 1990, and Ukraine became independent in 1991. Economic progress has been slow, but Ukraine has rich mineral deposits, fertile land, and a strong education system - so there is great potential for growth. Today, most Ukrainians identify as Christian; the Church was able to survive the persecution during the Communist years.

Map of Services and Churches in the GTA: 

Social and Settlement Services in the GTA

Ukrainian Canadian Social Services (Toronto) Inc.
2445 Bloor Street West
Toronto, ON
M6S 1P7
Phone: 416-763-4982

St. Vladimir Institute
620 Spadina Avenue
Toronto, ON
M5S 2H4
Phone: 416-923-3318

Churches in the GTA

Ukrainian Full Gospel Church
557 Bathurst Street
Toronto, ON
M5S 2P8
Phone: 416-564-5681
Sunday Service: 11am


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