Gateway Cities

Relationships flow back and forth through gateway cities to unreached peoples on the other side of the globe, making the world a smaller place. Modern immigrants symbolize a new era in pioneer missions — one in which today’s migration, transnationalism, globalization, and urbanization pose unprecedented opportunities to take the gospel to the ends of the earth through the gateways provided within our own cities.

Toronto
Montreal
Edmonton
Winnipeg
Vancouver
Calgary
Ottawa
Quebec City

Toronto

Scenic view at Toronto city waterfront skyline at night

Toronto’s city population of 2,731,571 – with 5,928,040 in the Greater Toronto Area – makes it the fourth largest metro in North America. As one of the most ethnically diverse cities on earth, Toronto vividly captures the meaning of a “global gateway city”. A bit more than half of Toronto’s population was born outside the nation of Canada.

The name Toronto comes from a Huron word that means “the gathering place.” Toronto was the location where various tribes would come together to either trade or fish for a period of time before dispersing back to their own territories. Toronto is recognized today as one of the most ethnically diverse cities on the planet – a place where the nations of the world gather together. As people come here to trade, opportunistic missionaries come here to fish. We recognize the fact that our Lord has providentially orchestrated this gathering of nations and we firmly believe that abundant Gospel-sowing will result in a global harvest.

The Greater Toronto Area is one of the most ethnically diverse cities on the planet, home to:

  • Muslims (all ethnolinguistic groups): 696,000
  • Chinese: 537,000
  • Punjabi Sikhs: 300,000
  • Slavic peoples (Russian, Ukrainian, Belarusian, Serbian, Polish, Czech, Slovaks, Bosniak, Croat, Macedonian, Montenegrin, Slovene, Bulgarian): 269,000
  • Jewish Diaspora: 200,000
  • Pakistani Muslims (Urdu): 120,000
  • Indian Tamils: 100,000
  • Somali Muslims: 70,000
  • Iranian (Farsi): 57,000
  • Vietnamese: 57,000
  • Bengali Muslims: 35,000
  • Afghan Muslims: 24,000
  • Tibetan Buddhists: 8,000

Chinatown, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Representatives of unreached people groups from closed countries pour into the Greater Toronto Area every week. We have been given a historic opportunity to openly engage the least-reached peoples of our planet with the gospel without fear of persecution in this city, but sadly the “laborers are few.” We pray unceasingly to the Lord of the Harvest for more laborers to join us in the Greater Toronto Area! New missionary personnel are needed to engage the most important prioritized people groups:

Somali Muslims (including Bantu): 86,000 mainly in the Etobicoke district of Toronto
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Moroccan Jews: 5,000 mainly in the North York district of Toronto

Tibetan Buddhists: 8,000 mainly in the West Parkdale district of Toronto
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Punjabi Sikhs: 172,000 mainly in the suburb city of Brampton
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Afghan Muslims: 42,000 mainly in the Scarborough district of Toronto

Turks: 23,000 mainly in the suburb city of Mississauga

Gujarati Hindus: 75,000 mainly in the suburb city of Brampton

Bosnian:  9,630 in the Etobicoke district of Toronto

Palestinian Arab: 15555  in the suburb city of Mississauga

Pakistani Muslims: 130,000 mainly in the East York district of Toronto and the suburb city of Brampton

Egyptian: 36,340 in the suburb city of Mississauga

Bangladeshi: 35,000 in the Danforth Village district of Toronto

Indian Hindi: 171,095 in the Etobicoke district of Toronto

Iraqi Arab: 29,045 in the Vaughn district of Toronto

Iranian (Farsi) Muslims: 100,645 mainly in North York district of Toronto

Sri Lankan Sinhalese: 15,000 in the Scarborough district of Toronto

Lebanese Arab: 29,750 in the suburb city of Mississauga

Cambodian Khmer: 6,430 in the Newmarket district of Toronto

Jewish Diaspora: 200,000 mainly in Toronto & the suburb cities of Richmond Hill & Markham

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Vancouver

Vancouver is a coastal seaport city in Canada, located in the Lower Mainland region of British Columbia.

It is the most densely populated Canadian municipality, and the third most densely populated city over 250,000 residents in North America.

Total Population: 2,463,431    (an increase of 6.49 % in the past 5 years.)

Census Data

  • Foreign Born – 1,108,543
  • Language Spoken at Home – 1,280,980

Over 45% of the total population is foreign born.

Quick Facts

    • Approximately 74% of the people live outside the city of Vancouver.
    • Vancouver has been called a “city of neighbourhoods”, each with a distinct character and ethnic mix.
    • Chinese are the largest visible ethnic group in the city, with a diverse Chinese-speaking community and several Chinese dialects being spoken, including Cantonese and Mandarin.
    • A variety of South Asian &  East Asian people groups make up the largest percentile of people groups outside of Chinese.
    • Over 52% of its residents have a first language other than English.
    • Over 1,000 Somali make Vancouver metro their home.

Representatives of unreached people groups from closed countries migrate into Vancouver every week. We have been given a historic opportunity to openly engage the least-reached peoples of our planet with the gospel without fear of persecution in this city, but sadly the “laborers are few.” We pray unceasingly to the Lord of the Harvest for more laborers to join us in Vancouver! New missionary personnel is needed to engage the following unreached people groups:

Chinese 169,000   Ukrainian: 84,495      South Asian: 37,000     Filipino 36,600

Southeast Asian: 18,300    Japanese: 10,370   Latin American: 9,800    Czech: 9,785

Korean: 9,150    Afghan: 5,095   Indonesian: 4,055   Lithuanian: 2,980

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Montreal

The Montreal metro area includes the inner ring of the entire Island of Montreal, Laval, and the urban agglomeration of Longueuil along with an outer ring of low-density cities and towns that are semi-rural.

Total Population: 4,098,927  (an increase of 6.91 % in the past 5 years.)

Census Data

  • Foreign Born – 846,645
  • Language Spoken at Home – 3,171,770

Quick Facts

    • Over 60% of the total population speaks French as their first language.
    • The largest French-speaking city in North America, and second in the world after Paris.
    • Second largest Italian population, second only to Toronto.
    • Largest Haitian population in Canada.
    • A population of over 250,000 Arabic peoples and home to 75% of the total Arab, Moroccan population of Canada. Other notable Arabic peoples are seen in the People Group Highlights below.
    • Largest Berber population in North America.
    • Canada’s largest population of Cham, a Cambodian Muslim people group.
    • Almost 300K claim No Religious Affiliation.
  • Predominantly Roman Catholic; however, weekly mass attendance is among the lowest in Canada.

Representatives of unreached people groups from closed countries migrate into Montreal every week. We have been given an historic opportunity to openly engage the least-reached peoples of our planet with the gospel without fear of persecution in this city, but sadly the “laborers are few.” We pray unceasingly to the Lord of the Harvest for more laborers to join us in Montreal! New missionary personnel are needed to engage the following unreached people groups:

Haitian 111,565  Urdu (Pakistan)  14,040    Hindi (India)  12,810    Jamaican  11,820

Dominican  7,460    Bengali (Bangladesh)  7,130    Trinidadian  6,195

Breton (France)  6,040    Cuban   4,900     Japanese   4,440      Lithuanian   4,425       Moldovan   3,690

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Calgary

The Calgary metro area, located in the south of the Canadian province of Alberta, is among one the fastest growing metros in Canada.

Total Population: 1,392,609—an increase of 14.63 % in the past 5 years.)

Census Data

  • Foreign Born – 313,900
  • Language Spoken at Home – 323,360

The Philippines, India, and China are the leading source countries for foreign born.

Quick Facts

    • Largest visible minority affinity peoples are South Asians (mainly from India or Pakistan), Chinese, and Filipino.
    • Métis are the largest First Nations people group in Calgary metro.
    • Ethnic Enclaves – (1) the Chinese community was dominant in the downtown west end; however, concentrations are now also noticeable in northwest suburban areas. (2) Germans are spread all across in north and south Calgary and elsewhere in the bedroom towns of Cochrane and Airdrie, and in rural Rocky View County in the north. (3) South Asians have formed large thriving communities in the northeast, where they are now a majority.

Representatives of unreached people groups from closed countries migrate into Calgary every week. We have been given an historic opportunity to openly engage the least-reached peoples of our planet with the gospel without fear of persecution in this city, but sadly the “laborers are few.” We pray unceasingly to the Lord of the Harvest for more laborers to join us in Calgary! New missionary personnel are needed to engage the following unreached people groups:

Chinese Mandarin 26,865      Chinese Cantonese 25,595      Welsh 23,400      Hindi (India)  20,865

Arab Lebanese 11,580    Korean 8,890     Czech 6,755      Japanese   6,610      Finnish 5,390

Afghan 3,840       Arab Sudanese 3,245

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Edmonton

The Edmonton metro area comprises the cities of Edmonton, Fort Saskatchewan and St. Albert, the Sherwood Park portion of Strathcona County, and portions of Parkland County and Sturgeon County.

Total Population: 1,321,426—an increase of 13.93 % in the past 5 years.

Census Data

  • Foreign Born – 238,755
  • Language Spoken at Home – 263,940

First Nations peoples account for 5.3% of the total population.

Nearly 85% of residents report that English is their primary language.

91% of the immigrant (foreign born) population report conversational knowledge of the English language.

Quick Facts

    • Four main Ethnic Enclaves — two comprise white Canadians, namely (1) Germans and (2) Ukrainians, and the other two are visible minorities, (3) South Asians and (4) Chinese.
    • Ukrainians located in the northeast quadrant in Delwood, Kernohan and Beverly Heights, and immediately outside city limits in the eastern part of Sherwood Park. Domes and steeples of Ukrainian Catholic and Orthodox Churches dot small towns in Two Hills, Lamont and St. Paul counties.
    • Germans in the Avonmore, Terrace Heights, Kenilworth and Capilano. Their presence is felt Spruce Grove and Sherwood Park, and in rural Leduc, Parkland, Sturgeon and Strathcona counties.
    • South Asians in southeast Edmonton, mainly Eastern Mill Woods, Maple, Wildrose, Silver Berry and Tamarack areas, which is sprinkled with South Asian plazas, strip malls, grocery stores, places of worship and ethnic doctors.
  • Notable population of Somali (4,850).

Representatives of unreached people groups from closed countries migrate into Edmonton every week. We have been given an historic opportunity to openly engage the least-reached peoples of our planet with the gospel without fear of persecution in this city, but sadly the “laborers are few.” We pray unceasingly to the Lord of the Harvest for more laborers to join us in Edmonton! New missionary personnel are needed to engage the following unreached people groups:

German  204,890     Dutch  52,270    Chinese Cantonese 19,030    Chinese Mandarin 18,705

Arab Lebanese 11,395  Finnish 5,390    Czech 5,320     South Korean   5,075

Japanese   3,650       Arab Sudanese 2,325

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Quebec City

The QC City (Lévis) metro area straddles the Saint Lawrence River with Quebec City on one side and the city Lévis on the opposite bank. It has a fortified colonial core, Vieux-Québec and Place Royale, with stone buildings and narrow streets.

Total Population: 800,296—an increase of 4.3 % in the past 5 years.

Quick Facts

    • European People Groups makeup the majority of the number of people groups and also in terms of population and one of the oldest European settlements in North America dating back to the 1500s.
    • French is the overwhelming majority of First official language spokenwith over 94 percent speaking French as their mother tongue.
    • Home of the first Anglican Cathedral outside the British Isles.
    • Over 90 percent of the population are Roman Catholics with small Protestant, Muslim and Jewish communities.

Representatives of unreached people groups from closed countries migrate into Quebec City every week. We have been given an historic opportunity to openly engage the least-reached peoples of our planet with the gospel without fear of persecution in this city, but sadly the “laborers are few.” We pray unceasingly to the Lord of the Harvest for more laborers to join us in Quebec City! New missionary personnel are needed to engage the following unreached people groups:

French-Canadians 268,595    Breton 1,930    Arab Moroccans 1,820

Arab Lebanese 1,200      Arab Algerian 1,150    Arab Tunisian 1,000

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Ottawa

The Ottawa–Gatineau metro area straddles the Ontario and Quebec provinces. Home to over a dozen Mosques along with over a dozen Jewish Synagogues.

Total Population: 1,323,783—an increase of 5.49 % in the past 5 years.

Census Data

  • Foreign Born – 235,300
  • Language Spoken at Home – 588,390

Quick Facts

    • Foreign born residents make up over 23 percent of Ottawa’s population.
    • On the Ontario side, Arabic, Chinese, Mandarin, and Spanish are the leading immigrant (foreign born) home languages. On the Quebec side, Arabic followed by Spanish, Portuguese and Chinese, Mandarin.
    • Notable Arab people groups include Arab, Lebanese (26,615), Arab, Egyptian (5,440), Arab, Iraqi (3,910), Arab, Palestinian (3,315), Arab, Syrian (3,125), Arab, Moroccan (2,955).
    • Over 9,000 Somali call the metro their home.
    • Ethnic Enclaves – (1) Little Italy located in Centretown West, is Ottawa’s Italian community, and (2) Chinatown located along Somerset Street in downtown Ottawa, which is also home to a vibrant Vietnamese community.
    • Hindu Temple of Ottawa-Carleton is a large Hindu temple in the Gloucester section and home of nine shrines: Ganesha, Kartikeya, Krishna with Radha, Shiva, Lakshmi with Narayana, Rama with Sita and Lakshmana with Hanuman, Durga, Hanuman, and Nataraja.

Representatives of unreached people groups from closed countries migrate into Ottawa every week. We have been given an historic opportunity to openly engage the least-reached peoples of our planet with the gospel without fear of persecution in this city, but sadly the “laborers are few.” We pray unceasingly to the Lord of the Harvest for more laborers to join us in Ottawa! New missionary personnel are needed to engage the following unreached people groups:

French-Canadians 304,235    Irish Gaelic  228,035     Scottish 182,800

Arab Lebanese 26,615    Deaf Canadian 25,000     Welsh 17,415

Haitian 12,470    Chinese Cantonese 8,680     Arab Egyptian 5,440

Arab Iraqui  3,910  Arab Palestinian 3,315   Arab Syrian 3,125

Japanese 3,085

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