Pray for the City of Toronto

April 29, 2020

Quick Facts: 

Population: 2.8 million (2016 Census) 

Ethnic Groups (2016 Census): 50.2% White, 12.7% East Asian (Chinese, Korean, Japanese), 12.3% South Asian, 8.5% Black, 7.0% Southeast Asian, 2.8% Latin American, 2.0% West Asian, 1.1% Arab, 0.7% Aboriginal 

Religious Groups: 54.1% Christian (28% Catholic, 12% Protestant, 4.3% Orthodox, 10% Other), 8.0% Muslim, 5.6% Hinduism, 4% Judaism, 3% Buddhism. Almost a quarter of the city's population has no religious affiliation. 

Toronto is the largest city in Canada and the fourth most populous in North America. Located on Lake Ontario it is the largest of the Great Lakes cities, and is the provincial capital of Ontario. 

In 1998 the current City of Toronto was formed by a merger of six former components namely, Etobicoke, York, North York, East York, Toronto and Scarborough. 

Foreign-born people account for nearly half of the population of Toronto. This gives Toronto the second-highest percentage of foreign-born residents of all world cities after Miami. Unlike Miami, Toronto has no dominant culture or nationality, which also makes it one of the world's most diverse cities. 49% of the city's population belong to a visible minority group (compared to 14% in 1981), and visible minorities are expected to hit a majority of 63% of the Toronto CMA population by 2017.  

Number of mosques: >100 (according to Salatomatic). 

Number of churches:  612

Pray for:  

Ordinary Christians to befriend and engage with their Muslim neighbours, coworkers or classmates.  

Churches to gain the vision of praying for and engaging with a mosque community near to them. 

Ministries who are engaging effectively with Muslims on a number of levels:  

Church planting amongst each ethnic group 

Ministries that help with practical needs such as tutoring, welcoming newcomers, etc.    

Ministries focused on engaging with churches and individuals in training, prayer and equipping of the Church. 

About Loving Muslims Together

Loving Muslims Together exists because God’s love, demonstrated through Jesus Christ, is for Muslims. We function as local networks across Canada. We work to connect people and churches to opportunities, training and resources to help them build bridges to their Muslim neighbours, living out God’s love in word and deed.

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