Search
Jewish Demography

Toronto is by far the largest Jewish community in Canada & one of the largest outside of Israel:

  • 188,700 Jews
  • 83,100 Jewish households
  • 48% of the Jews of Canada
  • 83% of the Jews of Ontario
  • 11th largest Jewish community in the world outside of Israel
  • Jews comprise 3.4% of the total Toronto (GTA) population compared with Jews as a percent of all Canadians (1.2%)

Source: National Household Survey (2011).

There are nearly 50,000 children and youth, aged nineteen or younger in Greater Toronto (2011).

AgeNumberPercent
0 to 411,80025%
5 to 911,00024%
10 to 1411,40025%
15 to 1912,30027%
Total46,500100%

Toronto’s Jewish age structure is virtually identical to the Canadian Jewish age structure, as of 2011.

Toronto Jewish Population by Age

  • 0-14
  • 15-24
  • 25-44
  • 45-64
  • 65+

Canadian Jewish Population by Age

  • 0-14
  • 15-24
  • 25-44
  • 45-64
  • 65+

Between 2001 and 2011 the number of Jewish households grew by 6,900 or 9%, while the number of Jewish people grew by 4.4%.

 20012011Change% Change
Jewish Households76,20083,1006,9009%
Jewish Persons180,700188,7008,004.4%

The rate of growth of Toronto’s Jewish population has slowed in the last two decades.

 Jewish PopulationChangePercent Change
2011188,700+8,000+4.4%
2001180,700+17,000+10.5%
1991163,500+34,000+26.4%
1981129,300+22,000+20.5%
1971107,300+18,000+21.0%
196188,600+21,900+32.8%

The Jewish population of greater Toronto is getting older: over the past two decades, there was an increase in the proportion of Jews 45 years and older.

Trend in Age Distribution, 1991 to 2011 (%)

  • 0-44
  • 45 & Over