Profile of the Diocese

An Introduction

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 in the diocese.

The Diocese includes the City of Toronto, the fourth most populous municipality in North America, with a population of about 2.8 million. It is considered by many to be the most multicultural city in the world. The City of Toronto has the largest population of aboriginal people in the country.

The Diocese of Toronto includes the fastest-growing suburban region in Canada and also covers a large rural area. Nearly 5 million people live within the diocesan boundaries, 376,000 of whom identify themselves 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. The Diocese of Toronto is also home to several “fresh expressions” of church, such as the Jeremiah Community in Toronto’s Parkdale neighbourhood and Redeem the Commute in Ajax.

In this section of our website, you can find information about our Mission Statement, Governance and Synod and Visual Identity, as well as a Map of the Diocese.

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

Diocesan Resources and Ministries

The Diocesan Centre is next to the cathedral and houses 35 full and part-time administrative, program and support staff. Their work provides support to the Archbishop, the College of Bishops, and Diocesan Council and its committees, for the leadership of the diocese. The organization and ministries within the centre reflect the mandate of Diocesan Council and the committees of both Synod and Council. They are: Administration and Property Support; Archives; Bishops’ Offices; Chaplaincy; Communications; Congregational Development; Finance; Human Resources; Social Justice and Advocacy; and Stewardship Development. 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 colleges are members of the Toronto School of Theology, an ecumenical consortium 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 for men provide the Diocese with many spiritual resources and link 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.