Profile of the Diocese

Where We Are

The Diocese of Toronto, founded in 1839, is the most populous of the 30 dioceses in the Anglican Church of Canada. Our geographical area extends over 26,000 square kilometres, stretching from Mississauga to Brighton and north to Haliburton. Some 216 congregations in 189 parishes are located here.

The City of Toronto is home to about 2.8 million people, making it the fourth most populous city in North America. It’s considered by many to be the most multicultural city in the world. Toronto has the largest population of Indigenous people in Canada.

The Diocese of Toronto also includes the fastest-growing suburban region in Canada and covers a large rural area.

Who We Are

Nearly 5 million people live within the diocesan boundaries, 376,000 of whom identify as Anglicans. There are about 54,000 people on our parish rolls.

The Diocese is home to many culturally diverse and language-based congregations, including Chinese, Filipino, French, Hispanic, Japanese and Tamil. There are many congregations with parishioners from Africa, the Caribbean, Europe, India, the Middle East, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and many other parts of the world.

Liturgically, our Diocese has a wide range of expression, from traditional and contemporary to charismatic, evangelical and Anglo-Catholic. You’ll also find several “fresh expressions” of Church, including the Jeremiah Community in Toronto’s Parkdale neighbourhood.

Learn more in our 2018 Profile of the Diocese.

Watch this video to learn how people across our diocese are Reimagining Our Church in the Public Square:

Diocesan Resources & Ministries

The Diocesan Centre is next to St. James Cathedral in downtown Toronto and houses about 35 full- and part-time administrative, program and support staff. Their work supports the Archbishop, the College of Bishops and Diocesan Council and its committees for the leadership of the diocese. The organization and ministries within the Diocesan Centre reflect the mandate of Diocesan Council and the committees of Synod and Council. Learn more about our departments.

Theological Education

Two of Canada’s finest Anglican theological institutions lie within the Diocese: Wycliffe College and Trinity College. Both are members of the Toronto School of Theology, an ecumenical centre for theological education in the University of Toronto.

Religious Communities

Within the Diocese are two independent religious communities. The Sisterhood of St. John the Divine and the Order of the Holy Cross provide many spiritual resources and link us to the international Anglican community of the religious.

Related Institutions

Related institutions include Anglican Church Women, the Diocesan Girls’ Choir Camp, Camp Couchiching, LOFT Community Services (Anglican Houses), Moorelands (Downtown Church Workers) and Missions to Seafarers.