Iranian


1) Country Profile

Location: Iran is located in the Middle East, between the Caspian Sea and the Persian Gulf. Iran borders Armenia, Azerbaijan, Turkmeni-stan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, and Turkey.


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Population: 79.8 million

Ethnic Groups: Persian - 61%, Azeri - 16%, Kurd - 10%, Lur - 6%, Baloch - 2%, Arab - 2%, Turkmen and Turkic tribes - 2%, other - 1%

Languages: Persian (official) - 53%, Azeri Turkic and Turkic dialects - 18%, Kurdish - 10%, Gilaki and Mazandarani - 7%, Luri - 6%, Balochi - 2%, Arabic - 2%, other - 2%

Religions: Muslim (official) - 98% (Shia 89%, Sunni 9%), other (includes Zoroastrian, Jewish, Christian, and Baha'i) - 2%



2) Iranians in the GTA

Number of Iranians:

  • In Canada: 121,510
  • In the GTA: 56,925
  • In the City of Toronto: 6,175

Primary Areas of Settlement in the GTA (Social Atlas): Newmarket, Aurora, Richmond Hill, Markham, Willowdale, Don Valley West, Don Valley East


Social and Settlement Services

South Asian Family Support Services

Church Information

The Spirit of Truth Church
1650 Finch Ave. East,
Toronto, ON, M5J 1A7
(416) 496-9705

Iranian Ministry at Bayview Glen Church
300 Steels Ave. East,
Thornhill , On, L3T 1A7

Iranian church of Richmond Hill
75 Oxford Street,
Richmond Hill, ON, L4C 4L6
(647) 866-4182

Toronto Iranian Christian Church
432 Sheppard Ave. East,
6478 Yonge St.,
Toronto, ON, M2M 4J0

Listen to Testimony in Farsi



Reference

Statistics Canada

Centre for Intercultural Learning. Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada. "Iran."
http://www.intercultures.ca/cil-cai/overview-apercu-eng.asp?iso=ir

The World Factbook. Central Intelligence Agency, The United States. "IRAN."
https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/ir.html

Encyclopedia of the Nations. "Iran."
http://www.nationsencyclopedia.com/geography/Indonesia-to-Mongolia/Iran.html