Toronto, Ontario

Located on the north shore of Lake Ontario, Toronto is the largest of Canada’s urban centres as well as the provincial capital of Ontario. The Greater Toronto Area (GTA) is the metropolitan home to more than 5 million people and is the key to one of North America’s most vibrant regions. The GTA is part of a densely populated region in Southern Ontario known as the Golden Horseshoe, which is home to over 8 million residents representing approximately 25% of Canada’s population. The GTA is the cultural, entertainment and financial capital of the nation. This is why Toronto abounds in investment and employment opportunities in such diverse fields as banking and financial services, film and television production and fashion as well as boasting a thriving arts community.

As Canada’s economic capital, Toronto is considered an alpha world city by the Globalization and World Cities study group. Toronto hosts the majority of Canada’s foreign banks, top accounting and mutual fund companies as well as Canada’s largest R&D, legal, advertising and high-tech firms. The Toronto Stock Exchange, among the world’s largest in terms of market value, is headquartered in the city along with the most Canadian corporate headquarters of any Canadian city. The City of Toronto has 283 million sq ft of industrial space, approximately 40% of the industrial space in the GTA. This ranks Toronto / GTA 3rd in North America for total inventory of industrial space. Toronto also has 116 million sq ft of office space, approximately 73% of the office space in the GTA making Toronto the largest office centre in Canada.

Toronto’s population is cosmopolitan and international reflecting its role as an important destination for immigrants to Canada. Toronto is consistently rated as one of the world’s most liveable cities by the Mercer Quality of Living Survey. The region’s residents are drawn from across the globe, making Toronto the most multicultural urban centre in the world. Closely linked with the continued expansion of many globally competitive sectors is the growth of the GTA’s deep pool of educated, skilled and creative people.

From a transportation viewpoint, Toronto is highly serviced by rail, port and air facilities connecting it to other Canadian and major U.S. cities / border crossings as well as international destinations.