Life in Toronto
Like U of T, Toronto is a city that thinks forward to the future. It is a dynamic gateway to global perspectives, and renowned for its rich social tapestry. Take in a professional basketball, hockey, or football game; sample the cuisine of virtually every culture on earth; catch a world-premiere opera or visit some of North America’s finest art galleries and museums—all within a 30-minute walk or bike ride (check out the City of Toronto’s Explore & Enjoy site for details).
The diversity of Toronto’s population, cultures, and opinions make it the perfect place to pursue your graduate degree. The city also has a reputation for being one of the world’s safest metropolitan areas.
- Toronto is the biggest city in the country.
- Known as “the city of neighbourhoods,” Toronto has upwards of 140 distinct neighbourhoods within its boundaries.
- One-third of Canada’s population lives within 160 km of Toronto. The Greater Toronto Area has more than 5.5 million people.
- The TTC is North America’s third-largest public transportation network.
- Toronto is the world’s third-largest English-speaking theatre community in the world.
- The Toronto International Film Festival may be the world’s largest public film festival but it’s only one of more than 75 film festivals hosted by the city each year.
- Our LGBTQ population is the biggest in Canada. Pride Week‘s celebration is one of the three largest in the world (alongside those of New York City and Sydney, Australia).
- The Toronto Caribbean Carnival, with its exciting Caribana Parade, has been running for almost 50 years and attracts over a million people to Toronto each summer.
Toronto’s residents represent more than 200 distinct ethnicities, making it one of the most multicultural cities in the world. In fact, half the population was born outside Canada. For international students, this diversity can help make a new city feel very much like home. For researchers, it can provide unprecedented opportunities for recruitment of research participants from a very broad and diverse population. All of these factors have helped Toronto develop one of North America’s largest life science and medical research clusters, IT start-up communities, and more.