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Our Cities
An Overview
Cultural Diversity
Key Facts
Toronto's Economic Profile and Safety
Trade Shows
Universities and Colleges in Toronto

 An Overview

Toronto, Ontario, Canada lies on the shore of Lake Ontario, the easternmost of the Great Lakes. Toronto is ideally located for operations with a world-wide focus. The city is 1.5 hours by air to cities such as New York, Philadelphia, Hartford, Boston, and Chicago, with direct flights available to most major world cities. The city is located in the Eastern Time Zone which allows for convenient communications with key people in the eastern seaboard of North America, while providing excellent windows of communication to European centres. The multi-cultural nature of the city (over 100 ethnic groups) provides international companies a large pool of the language skills necessary to operate in international markets.

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Cultural Diversity

Multiculturalism - it's what sets Toronto apart from other big North American cities. Toronto is home to virtually all of the world's culture groups and is the city where more than 100 languages are spoken. Once primarily a British and protestant city, immigration has played a dynamic role in the changing face of Toronto since the end of the Second World War. In 1997 , 42 per cent of all Canadian immigrants choose Toronto as their destination and as such, Toronto's visible minority population now accounts for more than 40 per cent of the population compared to 11 per cent nationwide. The world has brought its best to Toronto and in return, the city has embraced the many cultures of the world. Toronto has bilingual street signs, specialty stores, ethnic restaurants ethnic publications and a variety of ethnic shopping centres.
Do you know that ?
    Toronto received 80,000 immigrants in 1997 from 169 countries
    Over 100 languages are spoken in Toronto, and one third of Toronto residents speak at home a language other than English
    48 per cent of Toronto's population are immigrants
    Foreign-born residents comprise more than 50 per cent of population

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Key Facts

There are more than 90 different ethnic groups in the Toronto Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) and over one million non-English or French speaking people. The top six are European (997,180), East and Southeast Asian (488,350), British (457,990), Canadian (311,965), South Asian (291,520) and Caribbean (167,295). The top ten source countries for immigration to Canada were China, India, Pakistan, Hong Kong, Iran, Sri Lanka, The Philippines, Taiwan, Russia and Jamaica in 1996.

Do you know that ?
    The biggest non-english and non-french speaking Toronto's population group are the chinese - 192,200 (Source: Statistics Canada, 1996 Census)
    The second biggest non-english and non-french speaking Toronto's population group are the italians - 114,100 (Source: Statistics Canada, 1996 Census)
    In Toronto by first language there are 70 700 portuguese speaking, 54 900 spanish speaking, 48 100 polish speaking, 46 900 tamil (sri lanka) speaking, 40 000 tagalog (pilipino) speaking, 37 800 greek speaking, 25 600 german speaking, 24 000 vietnamese speaking, 23 200 punjabi speaking, 22 700 farsi (iranian) speaking, 22 100 arabic speaking, 18 900 korean speaking, 18 200 ukrainian speaking, 17 400 russian speaking, 14 900 hungarian speaking, 14 400 urdu speaking, 11 400 macedonian speaking (Source: Statistics Canada, 1996 Census)
     Toronto's population in 1996 was 2,363.900
    In Toronto's there are 3 939 people per square km.
     Toronto covers 632 and is located on the northwest shore of Lake Ontario
    One third of Canada's population is located within 160 km radius of Toronto
     One half of the population of the United States is within one day's drive of Toronto

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Toronto's Economic Profile and Safety

  Toronto is Canada's corporate capital, with more nationally and internationally top-ranked companies than any other Canadian city. Toronto is Canada's biggest gateway to the international market place. Thanks to NAFTA and other international agreements, Toronto is positioned to become the hub for goods, services and people throughout the western hemisphere. The city is the region's financial, commercial and administrative core.

Do you know that ?
     Toronto is Canada's largest retail market, representing $33 billion or 14 per cent of total Canadian retail sales.
     Toronto is the second largest automotive centre in North America after Detroit.
     Toronto is the financial centre of Canada, 4th largest in North America, employing 125,000 in financial sector
     Toronto's office market is the largest in Canada and larger than many other major American cities.
     Toronto is known as "Silicon Valley North" with seven of the top 10 information technology companies, including the Canadian headquarters and research centres of Apple, Hewlett-Packard and Sun Microsystems
     Toronto is the fourth highest concentration of commercial software companies in the world, and one of North America's hottest animation centres
     The Toronto Stock Exchange (TSE) is ranked North America's third largest by dollar value traded. In fact, the TSE is the tenth largest stock exchange in the world and.
     Toronto is a home of 90 per cent of Canada's foreign banks, and its top accounting and mutual fund companies, and 80 per cent of Canada's largest R&D, law, advertising and high-tech firms.
     Toronto voted best global City for business, (Fortune, 1996) 
     Toronto is ranked 27th for homicides, 25th for robberies and 24th for break-ins (Source: Statistics Canada, TBOT, DOJ, FBI)
    Toronto is more safety then Washington D.C, Saint Louis, MO, Atlanta, GA, New Orleans, LA, Kansas City, MO, Chicago, IL, Milwaukee, WI, Dallas, TX, Phoenix, AZ, Miami, FL, Hartford, CT, Fort Worth, TX, Houston, TX, Oklahoma City, OK, Los Angeles, CA, Buffalo, NY, New York, NY, Seattle, WA, Boston, MA, San Diego, CA, Vancouver, BC, Winnipeg, MB, Edmonton, AB, Montreal, QC, Ottawa, ON and Calgary, AB.

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Trade Shows

Trade and consumer shows create business for the City. With nearly 2.3 million square feet of exhibit space at the four main tradeshow venues, in a single year Toronto hosts more than 120 business trade shows, and many more consumer shows. Average spending by each tradeshow exhibitor is $5400, and nearly $1300 by each delegate attending. In particular, at the National Trade Center in Exhibition Place, Economic Development can offer support to organizations planning to establish new business shows in Toronto.
The four main show venues are:
        National Trade Centre at Exhibition Place
       Metro Toronto Convention Centre
       Toronto Congress Centre
       International Centre, Mississauga

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  Universities and Colleges in Toronto

   The Greater Toronto Area is home to three universities, an art college and four community colleges - and a host of private educational institutions.

University of Toronto (U of T)

Established in 1827, the University of Toronto (U of T) is Canada's largest university, granting both undergraduate and graduate degrees. It has an operating budget of $930 million, assets of over $2 billion, three principal campuses, 8,848 full and part-time employees and close to 53,000 students. U of T offers a full range of courses in the humanities and the social and physical sciences, as well as professional programs in medicine, dentistry, engineering, architecture, nursing, social work and teaching. There is a breadth of research at U of T with more than 16,500 researchers on campus and at its affiliated teaching hospitals. Its Faculty of Medicine and was recently recognized by the United Nations as one of four international centres of excellence for its multi-disciplinary approach to leading-edge research.

York University

Founded in 1959, York University is Canada's third-largest university. It has approximately 2,000 faculty members and 1,700 staff. Around 38,000 students pursue full or part-time degree studies on the York campus in the northwestern part of the Toronto Region or at Glendon College, Ontario's bilingual liberal arts institution located in downtown Toronto.

 Ryerson Polytechnic University

Ryerson Polytechnic University, Canada's only polytechnic university, is home to more than 14,000 full-time students. Thirty-six programs are offered through the Faculties of Arts, Applied Arts, Business, Community Services, Engineering and Applied Science. Of particular note are its journalism, multi-media arts and business programs.

Ontario College of Art and Design

The Ontario College of Art and Design is devoted to the education of professional artists and designers. Its specialized programs include illustration, advertising design, interior design, ceramics, textiles, sculpture, print making and industrial design.

Community colleges of Applied Arts and Technology

Community colleges, known more formally as "Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology," provide training in a wide range of practical and technical skills. Programs are planned in co-operation with industry to provide maximum employment opportunities. The four community colleges in the Toronto Region are: Centennial College, George Brown College, Humber College and Seneca College. In particular computer-based programs and business and professional services are their focus

Do you know that ?
    The U of T Department of Computer Science is the largest and most highly rated in Canada and is one the top 10 on the continent.
    In 1923 faculty members Sir Frederick Banting and J.R. Macleod were the first in Canada to win the Nobel Prize for their work with Charles Best in the isolation of insulin, a discovery that revolutionized the treatment of diabetes.
    In 1957, Lester B. Pearson, a U of T graduate, won the Nobel Peace Prize

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