Aspirants wishing to immigrate to Canada prefer Toronto as their city of destination. The city attracts the generations of immigrants from all parts of the world. The capital city of Ontario is chosen over other Canadian cities when it comes to immigration. Toronto happens to be one of the top cities of the world with the maximum foreign-born population.
Toronto is the largest city in Canada. It is situated in Southern Ontario on the northwestern shore of Lake Ontario. Toronto is a relatively modern and multicultural city, which boasts of a population speaking more than 150 languages and nearly 50 percent residents who have immigrated to Canada.
With over 4.7 million residents, it is the seventh largest city in North America. Toronto was ranked 12th in The Economist’s Economic Intelligence Unit’s report and was ranked #2 in Top Smart Cities on the Planet. Mercer Quality of Living Survey ranked Toronto 15th out of the 50 cities worldwide.
Toronto is the third largest North American financial services centre after New York and Chicago and is Canada's financial and business capital. With an employed workforce of approximately 232,000, Toronto's financial services sector has been leading development and expansion.
It is home to the Toronto Stock Exchange, which is considered world’s seventh largest in terms of market value. Toronto contains the maximum business headquarters in Canada, including those of Canada's five largest banks. Toronto's leading economic sectors include finance, business services, telecommunications, aerospace, transportation, media, arts, film, music, television production, publishing, software production, medical research, education, tourism, engineering, and sports industries. The cost of living in Toronto was ranked highest in Canada in 2011. It is noteworthy to mention that the city is home to some of the big names in the world, viz. Manulife Financial, Thomson Corporation, Rogers Communications and Hudson’s Bay Company.
Toronto experiences one of the mildest climates in Canada owing to its southerly location within the country. The spring and summer temperatures vary from 15C (60F) to 25C (80F). During winter months, the average daytime temperature, with the exception of January, the coldest month, stay clue to below freezing and a snowfall of more than 10 cm (four inches) is rare.
The Distillery District is an internationally commended village of brick-lined streets and dozens of vivaciously reinstated Victorian Industrial buildings. It’s one of Ontario’s most visited tourist destinations and home to live theatres, galleries, fashion, design and jewelry boutiques, unique cafes and award-winning restaurants. It’s all completely closed to traffic and just a few minutes walk from downtown Toronto.
Toronto has a varied assortment of public spaces, to name a few, various food markets, large recreational waterfronts, art museums and galleries. A group called the Toronto Public Space Committee was formed to protect the city's public spaces.
There are many large downtown parks which open on weekends. Toronto boasts of the places like CN Tower which was recently nominated for the Seven Wonders of the Modern world, featuring floor observation decks, a revolving restaurant, and a Simulator Theatre. Another major attraction includes Ontario Science Centre, The Toronto Zoo, and Canada’s Wonderland. Ontario Place is the number-one destination for family fun offering hours of entertainment and not to forget, the Harbourfront Centre - the site of art galleries, theatres, craft boutiques restaurants, offices, hotels and marinas fronted by a waterside promenade.
Toronto is a major scene for theatre and other performing arts, with more than fifty ballet and dance companies, six opera companies, two symphony orchestras and a host of theatres. Ontario Place features the world's first permanent IMAX movie theatre, the Cinesphere, as well as the Molson Amphitheatre, an open-air venue for large-scale music concerts. The Toronto International Film Festival is one of the most important annual events for the international film industry.
Toronto is known to be the only Canadian city to have represented in seven key league sports. Toronto Maple Leafs is the home team of the city, along with one of the National Hockey League's Original Six clubs. Toronto has also served as home to the Hockey Hall of Fame since 1958. The city has a rich history of hockey championships along with the Maple Leafs' 13 Stanley Cup titles (second all-time).
Toronto is considered to be Canada's largest media market, and is among the leading media centers in North America with four conventional dailies and two free commuter papers in a greater metropolitan area of about 5.5 million residents. According to the United Nations Development Program, Toronto has the second-highest percentage of steady foreign-born population among world cities, after Miami and Florida. While Miami's foreign-born population comprises mostly of Cubans and other Latin Americans, no single nationality or culture dominates Toronto's immigrant population, and this is how the city has been rated the most diverse cities in the world. Toronto city receives more than 100,000 immigrants every year.
Toronto is a single-tier municipality governed by a mayor–council system. The constitution of the municipal government has been stipulated by the City of Toronto Act. The Mayor of Toronto, who serves as the chief executive of the city, is elected by direct popular vote. The city has four community councils that deliberate the local matters. Each city councilor serves as a member on a community council.
Toronto is home to three universities, a degree-granting college of art and design, and four colleges of applied arts and technology - as well as many private educational institutions. The three universities are – University of Toronto, York University, and Ryerson University. Six Nobel Prize winners graduated from The University of Toronto.
The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) is the third largest public transit system in North America after the New York City Transit Authority, and the Mexico City Metro. The TTC provides public transit within the City of Toronto. The Government of Ontario also operates an extensive interregional rail and bus transit system called GO Transit in the Greater Toronto Area. Canada's busiest airport, Toronto Pearson International Airport (IATA: YYZ), overlaps the city's western boundary with the suburban city of Mississauga.