Toronto is the capital of Ontario and it is located along Lake Ontario’s northwestern shore. It is a major Canadian city with lots of skyscrapers including the well known CN Tower. Toronto is in the southern part of Ontario, the city of Quebec is in the east and New York and Michigan are in the southeast and southwest respectively. Driving to the US border at Buffalo, NY does not take up to two hours.
The Economist Intelligence Unit and the Mercer Quality of living Survey has always listed Toronto as one of the world’s most livable cities. Its residents are friendly, helpful and passionate about the province, which makes living in Toronto a great choice for anyone considering relocating to Canada. Toronto is the commercial capital of Canada and it also houses one of the world’s top financial centers.
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Toronto has four different seasons and living there could be quite challenging but being in the southern part of Canada makes the weather quite conducive. The temperature changes from warm to humid summers and pleasant for short transitional seasons all through the year.
Toronto was listed in Forbes Magazine’s top ten “World’s Most Economically Powerful Cities”. Powerful provinces like Toronto always draws investors based on their economy, cost of living and quality of life. According to Forbes, Toronto lies as the economic heart of one of the world’s wealthiest countries, projected to keep growing.
Here are the other top ten most economically powerful cities listed by Forbes: Chicago, London, Shanghai, Paris, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Seoul and New York.
Toronto is Canada’s home of principal stock exchange, the Toronto Stock Exchange and its commercial capital.
Toronto ranks as the third largest city with a lot of private IT companies in North America after San Francisco and New York.
Ontario has a lot of natural resources like hydroelectricity and raw materials which has assisted Toronto and other cities around it in becoming powerful industrial hubs, manufacturing over 50% of Canada’s goods.
Canadian banks never extended themselves as carelessly as the American and European banks did and they still have good financial records as theirs.
The rate at which Condos and office buildings are currently being erected in Toronto confirms all the predictions. The Conference Board of Canada and Oxford Economics projects that Toronto’s economy will flourish in 2016 and 2017 with almost 3% in each year.
According to Statistics Canada, over 12,000 net full time jobs were created in the city of Toronto within a year. Due to the increase in job opportunities, unemployment rates reduced to 7.2% by the end of August 2016.
Before deciding on a place to live in, you have to consider your likes and life style. Choosing a good place to live in Toronto can be a very challenging task.
Toronto contains a lot of neighborhoods. The old city of Toronto covers the district popularly called Downtown Toronto. The commercial hub features a large array of skyscrapers and also contains the CN Tower.
The northern part of Downtown is filled with historic, wealthy suburbs. The center of the city is currently undergoing developmental reforms in housing and these premium apartments can be quite expensive. A lot of people opt to reside in neighborhoods that are close to Toronto like Cabbage town and High Park.
The five sprawling cities that make up the Greater Toronto Area are York (GTA), East York, North York, Scarborough and Etobicoke.
The inner cities of Toronto are found in the York and East York provinces, while the outer cities are cited in Etobioke, Scarborough and North York provinces. Etobicoke, Scarborough and North York are far from downtown. Despite accommodation being cheap in these cities, the cost of transportation and time spent on the road offsets this cost.
There are a lot of government houses in the western part of Toronto and a lot of criminal activities are carried out in these areas like Jane & Finch, Lawrence Height and some areas in Etobicoke like Rexdale. In downtown Toronto, Parkdale, St. James, Regent Park and Moss Park have high criminal records. To the east of the city, neighborhoods of Scarborough like Malvern also have higher criminal records.
In conclusion, crime rates in Toronto’s province are low if compared to many North American provinces including Canadian cities like Vancouver, Montreal, Edmonton, Halifax and Winnipeg. Toronto’s crime rates are at the same level with Calgary’s and Ottawa’s.
The level of crime in the Greater Toronto Area is lower than that of other provinces. Neighborhoods like Markham, Richmond Hill, Vaughan, Oakville and Burlington have low crime rate level that are below half that of the province.
The University of Toronto is ranked 24th in the Academic Ranking of World Universities and stands out as one of the best post secondary institutions. There are three different campuses, situated in the downtown area as well as the (Mississauga) and east (Scarborough). Ryerson and York University and two other universities are located in Toronto. It is also home to various community colleges.
Teachers in Ontario are one of the highest paid teachers in Canada. Sadly, the ratio of teachers to student is high which makes getting a teaching job difficult. Many Canadian trained teachers relocate to other countries to be able to practice.
Toronto is one of those North American cities where a resident can decide not to own a car and not regret it. All thanks to the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC).it is the third largest North American public transit system.
The TTC efficient and dependable network of buses and street cars are linked together by an extensive underground subway system. The buses are newly produced hybrid electrics, designed to reduce air pollution.
The pictures on the transportation corridor display the different means of transportation available in Toronto. They are road, bike path, railway and the Don River.
Ontario runs a rail and bus system called GO Transit, which links the TTC and the Greater Toronto Area. Its neighboring provinces (York, Peel, Durham) have transit systems that link with the TTC, thereby making travel with public transit system stress free.
The 400 series highways all converge in Toronto. The 401 which is North America’s busiest highway, is the backbone of Ontario and Toronto’s infrastructure.
The quick growth in the Golden Horseshoe’s population has adversely led to an increase in the number of vehicles on the road which has led to traffic jams during rush hours on many popular highways.
Toronto is popular for its healthy arts galleries, sport events, a vibrant nightlife and restaurants, bistros and eateries that serve all kinds of continental dishes. The Art Gallery of Ontario and Royal Ontario Museum are popular sites for tourists and residents.
Toronto is a significant hub for performing arts. It’s got about fifty ballet & dance companies, six opera companies and two symphony orchestras that perform at reputable centers like the Roy Thompson Hall, The Hummingbird Center and The Center for Performing Arts.
The city is also known for its numerous amusement parks; it is called Canada’s Wonderland. Toronto has 6 great sport teams in Hockey, Basketball, Football, Soccer and Lacrosse.