Welcome to The City of Toronto….
One Of The World’s Most Livable Cities  


Toronto Quick Facts

The City of Toronto is the largest urban centre in Canada and the economic engine of the country. Toronto has been recognized as one of the most livable places in the world and is the world’s most ethnically diverse city with residents from 169 countries and 80 ethnic groups who speak more than 100 different languages. Business in Toronto benefits from its ethnic and economic diversity that drives innovation and economic growth both locally and internationally. The Toronto region ranks among the top 10 financial centres globally.

Buying a Home in Toronto

Real estate in Toronto and across the Greater Toronto Area continues to flourish with strong year over year development and growth. It is prime property that includes everything from condos and townhomes to semi-detached homes and detached properties to lovely mansions.

Living in Toronto

The City of Toronto is made up of many distinct neighbourhoods that offer a strong sense of community; a diverse economy; a flourishing arts scene; a wide variety of schools; great shopping opportunities; state of the art recreational facilities; wonderful green spaces and easy access to airports, highways and public transportation. There is something for everyone in The Greater Toronto Area! 

Schools and Education in Toronto

The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) operates 558 public schools. Of these, 451 are elementary and 102 are secondary (high) schools. Additionally, the Toronto Catholic District School Board manages the city's publicly funded Roman Catholic schools, while the Conseil scolaire de district du Centre-Sud-Ouest and the Conseil scolaire de district catholique Centre-Sud manages public and Roman Catholic French-language schools, respectively. There are also numerous private university-preparatory schools including the University Of Toronto Schools, the Upper Canada College and Havergal College.

Toronto has a number of post-secondary academic institutions: The University of Toronto, York University, Ryerson University, Ontario College of Art and Design and the University of Guelph-Humber and four diploma and degree granting colleges in Toronto: Seneca College, Humber College, Centennial College and George Brown College. 

Getting Around in Toronto

Toronto's main public transportation system is operated by the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC). The backbone of its public transport network is the Toronto rapid transit light-metro. The TTC also operates a network of buses and streetcars. The Government of Ontario operates an interregional rail and bus transit system called GO Transit in the Greater Toronto Area.

Canada's busiest airport, Toronto Pearson International Airport, straddles the city's western boundary with the suburb of Mississauga. Limited commercial and passenger service is also offered from the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, on the Toronto Islands.

There are a number of municipal expressways and provincial highways that serve Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area. The main expressways in and through Toronto include Hwy. 401, Hwy. 407, Hwy.427, the Gardiner Expressway and the Don Valley Parkway. 

Toronto’s Rich History

The history of Toronto began in the late 18th century when the British Crown purchased land from the Mississaugas of the New Credit. The settlement established there became York. 1834, York became a city and renamed to Toronto. Since 1954, the city occasionally expanded its borders through amalgamation with surrounding municipalities, most recently occurring in 1998. This process has left Toronto with clearly defined neighbourhoods that have retained their distinctive nature, earning it the nickname the "City of Neighbourhoods".

Today, Toronto is at the heart of the Greater Toronto Area. Its cosmopolitan and international population reflects its role as an important destination for immigrants to Canada. Toronto is one of the world's most diverse cities by percentage of non-native-born residents, with about 49% of the population born outside Canada.

As Canada's commercial capital, it is home to the Toronto Stock Exchange and the headquarters of Canada's five largest banks. Leading economic sectors in the city include finance, business services, telecommunications, aerospace, transportation, media, arts, publishing, software production, medical research, education, tourism, and engineering. Toronto is considered an alpha world city by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network and is placed among the Global Leaders in the Global Financial Centres Index. The city is also consistently rated as one of the world's most liveable cities by the Economist Intelligence Unit and the Mercer Quality of Living Survey. 

Shopping and Amenities in Toronto

The Eaton Centre is Toronto's most popular tourist attraction and shopping destination.  The trendy downtown Yorkville area is home to high-end designer and boutique shops. Yorkdale Shopping Centre is the premiere shopping centre outside of the city core with 250 stores, including many luxury retailers.

Entertainment and Attractions in Toronto

Toronto theatre and performing arts scene has more than fifty ballet and dance companies, six opera companies, two symphony orchestras and a host of theatres. The city is home to The National Ballet of Canada, the Canadian Opera Company and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Notable performance venues include the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, Roy Thomson Hall, the Princess of Wales Theatre, the Royal Alexandra Theatre, Massey Hall, the Toronto Centre for the Arts, the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatres and the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts

Annual Toronto festivals of note include the Toronto International Film Festival, the Toronto's Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival and the “Taste of the Danforth” festival.

The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), a culture and natural history museum located north of Queen’s Park, is one of the largest museums in North America. The Toronto Zoo is home to over 5,000 animals representing over 460 distinct species. The city also hosts the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Gardiner Museum and the Ontario Science Centre

For more information on the City of Toronto, please visit the following websites:
· City of Toronto: http://www.toronto.ca/
· Toronto Neighbourhood Guide:  http://www.toronto.com/guides/
· Toronto District School Board: http://www.tdsb.on.ca/
· Toronto Catholic District School Board: http://www.tcdsb.org/Pages/default.aspx 
· Toronto General Hospital:  http://www.uhn.ca/corporate/AboutUHN/OurHospitals/Pages/TGH.aspx
· Toronto Western Hospital:  http://www.uhn.ca/corporate/AboutUHN/OurHospitals/Pages/TWH.aspx
· Toronto Sick Kids Hospital: http://www.uhn.ca/corporate/AboutUHN/OurHospitals/Pages/TWH.aspx 
· Toronto CTV News: http://toronto.ctvnews.ca/
· Toronto Weather Network:  http://www.theweathernetwork.com/weather/canada/ontario/toronto
· Toronto Events and Attractions: http://www.seetorontonow.com/events-and-attractions 

The information contained herein is accurate at time of printing and is copyright Bruce Witchel 2015.
For further information on real estate matters, please contact Bruce at 416-WITCHEL 416-948-2435 or by email at Bruce @ BruceWitchel.com.


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