JIAS Toronto Youth Group at the University of Toronto
The City of Toronto, located on the north shore of Lake Ontario, is the cultural, entertainment and financial capital of Canada. Toronto, home to more than 2.7 million people, heralded as one of the most multicultural cities in the world, is ranked as the safest large metropolitan area in North America by Places Rated Almanac, and is the centre one of North America’s most dynamic regions. Toronto is the capital city of the Province of Ontario.
The Greater Toronto Area (GTA) is a frequently used term which refers to Toronto and the regional municipalities of Durham to the east, York to the north, and Peel and Halton to the west. These municipalities are not merely suburbs of Toronto; they are each home to business and industry and count several cities within their boundaries. And with a population of over 2.7 million, the municipalities have more residents than Toronto – including a Jewish population of over 60,000 in York Region, the fastest growing Jewish Community anywhere outside of Israel.
Organized Jewish life has existed in Toronto for over a century and a half. The city’s Jewish population has increased significantly in recent decades, with roughly half of Canada’s Jews – about 180,000 – calling the GTA home. Seventy percent of the GTA’s Jews live along the “Bathurst Corridor,” which boasts more than 200 Jewish day and afternoon schools, synagogues of every denomination, an array of kosher restaurants, shops, and 3 active and vibrant community centres.
Culturally, the community offers museums, art galleries, annual Yiddish and Jewish film festivals, and a Jewish Book Fair – to name just a few. There are active expatriate communities from the Former Soviet Union, Israel, North Africa, Hungary, South Africa, South America, and India among others, all of which add to the rich cultural diversity of the Jewish community.
The Jewish immigrant population in the GTA comprises one-third of the total Jewish population and by all indications is the single greatest reason for the growth of the GTA’s Jewish community. In fact, Jewish immigrants – including a vibrant Israeli community – comprise a majority of Jews living in York Region.
JIAS (Jewish Immigrant Aid Services) Toronto is a government and community-funded Agency that welcomes, supports, and integrates new immigrants to build a strong Canada and a strong Jewish community in Toronto. From answering basic questions to finding lodging, from providing basic pre-employment counseling to helping with immigrant issues, we’ll help as we can and refer our clients to the appropriate government or community agency when necessary. We offer services in Hebrew, Russian, Spanish and French.
For further information:
JIAS (Jewish Immigrant Aid Services) Toronto
4600 Bathurst Street, Suite 325
JIAS Toronto LINC School re English classes:
Tel: (416) 635-7044
UJA Federation of Great Toronto:
Doing Jewish in Toronto:
Official website for the City of Toronto:
Official website for York Region:
Government of Ontario Immigration: