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Geography and Statistics

The Archdiocese covers a geographic region of the Great Lakes area, which stretches from the shores of Lake Ontario north to Georgian Bay. In total, the area covers some 13,000 square kilometre​s, comprised of intensely urban and suburban regions and also small cities, towns and rural areas.

Map: Archdiocese of Toronto

The Archdiocese of Toronto includes the City of Toronto, the most populous metropolis in the country and the growing regional municipalities of Peel, York and Durham th​at surround the City. As the regional municipalities expand, the northern section of the Archdiocese, Simcoe County, is also experiencing notable suburban growth.


Regions and Zones

The Archdiocese of Toronto is divided into four pastoral regions comprising 14 pastoral zones. The four pastoral regions which divide the Archdiocese are the Central, Northern, Eastern and Western Regions. The zones are made up of parishes within a geographical boundary.


Archdiocese of Toronto

Population - All Residents 6,530,000
Population - Catholics 1,887,000
Archbishop 1
Auxiliary Bishops 4
Diocesan Priests* 385
Religious Order Priests 376
Permanent Deacons 150
Brothers 40
Sisters 430
Parishes and Quasi-parishes 225
Missions 23
Chapels 2
Catholic School Boards 6
Catholic Elementary Schools 485
Catholic Secondary Schools 98
Catholic Institutes of Higher Education 1
*Total number of diocesan priests include:
Resident in the Archdiocese 275
Resident elsewhere in Canada 12
Resident abroad 8
Incardinated in another diocese in Canada 25
Incardinated in another diocese abroad 65
Total 385
Sacraments/Rites of the Catholic Church
Total Baptisms 12,333
Under one year of age 6,725
One to seven years of age 4,347
Over seven years 1,261
First Holy Communion 13,496
Confirmations 12,791
Marriages 2,274
Holy Orders (priesthood) 4
Holy Orders (permanent diaconate) 20
Funerals 7,747
Source: Annual Parish Statistical Questionnaire

*Population data was based on the year 2019 due to the delay in the demographics report from Statistics Canada.
  Celebrations of the Sacraments of Initiation were affected by capacity restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic, most of which were lifted by March 2022.