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  • Toronto is the capital city of Ontario, and the most populated city in Canada, with a total population of 2.8 million residents.
  • The Greater Toronto area has an approximate population of 6,000,000, the highest of any metropolitan region within Canada.
  • Toronto is renowned for being one of the most diverse, multicultural cities in the world. Reflecting the high population of immigrants in the city. Over 50% of the residents in the city are foreign born, representing more than 200 ethnic origins.
  • Toronto is known as an international hub for business, finance, arts, and culture
  • Toronto's total land area is roughly 630 square kilometres
  • Although the official language in the city is English, more than 160 other languages are widely spoken as well
  • The city of Toronto is known for its film industry, theatre productions, motion pictures, and as a centre for music. It is also the headquarters of Canada's primary broadcasting networks and media outlets.
  • Toronto has a range of museums, galleries, and national historic sites. The city is also popular for its festivals, public events, entertainment districts, and sporting activities. The film industry alone employs over 28,000 people, and brings in approximately $1.5 billion each year.
  • The highest free-standing structure in the western hemisphere is CN Tower, located in Toronto
  • The Toronto Stock Exchange is, and five of Canada's biggest banks and other significant financial institutions are in Toronto
  • The Toronto economy is very diverse, with primary industries such as technology, design, financial services, education, arts, fashion, business, environmental innovation, food services, tourism, and life sciences


  • Foreign born residents make up more than half the population of Toronto, the second highest in the world, following Miami. The most common ancestry of the people in Toronto includes English ( 13%), Chinese (12%), Canadian (11.3%), Irish (9.7%), Scottish (9.5%), East Indian (7.6%), Italian ( 6.9%), Filipino ( 5.5%), German ( 4.6%), French ( 4.5%), and Polish ( 3.8%). Other significant demographic groups include Portuguese, Jamaican, Jewish, Ukrainian, and Russian.
  • The religious affiliations in the city includes 54% Christian (A majority being Catholic, followed by Protestant, Christian Orthodox, and other), 8% follow Islam, 5.6% Hinduism, 4% Judaism, 3% Buddhist, and almost 1/4th of the population have no religious affiliation.
  • The percentage of women to men in the city is; 52% to 48%


  • The is located about 76.5 metres above seal level, with its highest point at the intersection at Steels and Keele and 209 meters. Covering a total of 641 square kilometres
  • The city has 307 km's of rivers and creeks that run through the city, many of them flowing into Lake Ontario
  • Toronto is made up of over 1,600 parks, valleys, woodlots, beaches, golf courses, destination parks, and over 200 kms of trails for biking and walking


  • Toronto is Canada's most ethnically diverse city, and celebrates its diversity through its rich traditions, music and languages
  • The city has a vibrant setting with frequent festivals, theatre performances, and sporting activities
  • The Toronto International Film Festival is held annually in the city and is the biggest and one of the most prestigious events in the world. Toronto is home to the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, which is the biggest documentary festival in North America. Other popular film festivals in the city includes the ReelHeART International film festival, Toronto After Dark film festival, Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival, and WILD sound film festival
  • Toronto houses several renowned museums and art galleries, including the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), the Art Gallery of Ontario. Gardiner Museum, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Canadian Air and Space Museum, and the Institute for Contemporary culture, among others. The city also has a network of alleyways called “Graffiti Alley”, featuring kms of unique graffiti artworks.
  • English-language theatre is also very popular in Canada, with popular theatres like the Royal Alexandra Theatre, and performances by the Soul pepper Theatre company, Canadian Stage company, and the Harold Green Jewish Theatre company, with popular stage productions like Shakespeare, Frankenstein, It's a wonderful life, Tuesdays with Maurie, and more.
  • Toronto celebrates its cultural diversity through its frequent food festivals, like the Taste of Danforth (Greek), Toronto Beer Festival, Corso Italia, Simmerlicious and Winterlicious, Rib-Fest, Salsa on St Clair, and the Festival of South Asia, which celebrates Bangladeshi, Pakistani, Indian and Sri Lanka cuisine.
  • The city also has several professional orchestras including the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Esprit Orchestra, and the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir
  • The entertainment district in Toronto houses an average 90 nightclubs, bars and restaurants, the highest concentration in the city
  • Hockey is one of the more revered sports in Toronto, together with Basketball, Baseball, Football, Ice Hockey, and lacrosse


  • The climate in Toronto can be described as Continental, with warm summers and cold winters. Due to frequent polar masses, winter is very cold in Canada.
  • On average the yearly precipitation levels in Toronto us 831 mm ( 31.5 inches), with summer being the wettest season, and August experiences the most amount of rain, with frequent thunderstorms
  • From mid-November to March, precipitation falls mainly in the form of snow
  • Fog is usually common year-round in the nights and early mornings

Winter (End November - Mid March): The average temperatures are around -5.5 degrees Celsius. Cold waves during this period is generally accompanies by blizzards. Snowfall is frequent during this period. The city also experiences unusual occurrences called “Ice Storm” that occurs when fall rain freezes on the ground, and freezes everything from roads, trees, light poles, to cars.

Spring (Mid-March - May): This is a very unstable season, with huge temperature fluctuations. March is quite cold, accompanied with frequent snowfall and frost. In April the weather improves, but still snows in the first half of the month. May is mild, but most afternoons are interrupted by thunderstorms.

Summer (June - August): is usually warm, and experiences average temperatures in the mid-twenties. On extremely hot days, the temperatures can rise above 30 degrees Celsius. Due to the humidity from Lake Ontario, thee weather can sometimes be sticky and moist. Heat waves are not uncommon during summer, with highs of around 37 degrees Celsius.

Autumn (September - Mid November) - is pleasant, with plenty of sunny days in the initial few weeks, and temperatures in the low twenties. Towards the end of Autumn, the weather rapidly decreases, and cold days become frequent.

University Education

Post-secondary institutions in Toronto includes 5 Universities; four public and one private university, vocational schools, and four degree and diploma granting colleges. Several education institutions also have well-established satellite campuses, offering online courses and distance learning opportunities for students.

Colleges in Toronto include technical, applied arts, and applied science schools.

Key Industries

Key performing industries in the Toronto economy includes:

  • The banking and financial capital of Canada is Toronto and is home to the Toronto Stock exchange. It also comprises of the continent's largest number of private IT companies, trailing behind only San Francisco and New York.
  • Other significant industries in the province includes natural resources like hydroelectricity and raw materials and produce over 50% of the country's total number of manufactured goods.
  • Canada's economy at present is on a steady growth, and the Oxford economics and Conference Board predicts that the economy will continue to grow at a steady rate of 2% annually.
  • Toronto is experiencing a construction boom, due to the increased development in Condos and office buildings.
  • The unemployment rate in Toronto is at 5.7%, which is very low, due to the massive job creation in the region over the last 2 years, with over 100,000 new jobs added.

Finding work as a student

If you are registered as a full-time student at an eligible post-secondary institution in Canada, you will be able to receive a study permit which will allow you to work on and off-campus. You are allowed to work for upto 20 hours per week during the semester, and upto 40 hours a week during semester breaks.

The best way to search for casual, part-time jobs and internships is to go through your university's career services office, which will guide you in finding suitable jobs, and helping you to develop your resume and skills. You can also look for job postings on university notice boards, or use job specific websites such as Monster.com, Eluta, Indeed, and Jobboom, among others.

Make sure you adapt your resume and cover letter to fit Canadian employer requirements. A cover letter should be short and sweet, ideally limited to one page. A resume should also not exceed 3-4 pages. A cover letter should be used to convince the employer why you would be the ideal candidat for the advertised position. This is your chance to be candid and sell yourself. It is also a good idea to mention your visa status on your cover letter. It is always advisable to customize your cover letter to each specific job.

Networking is important, so ensure you build a strong network through your social media profiles such as LinkedIn, Build your reference list, sign up for job-related workshops and career days, attend networking events hosted by your University and College, and volunteer to take part in community activities. Volunteering can significantly build up your work experience in Canada and is very highly regarded by employers

Enrol in co-op programs at your university, which provides the same benefits as paid internships. It is also an opportunity to continue studies in your field of study and get work experience. These co-op positions usually lead to employment opportunities upon graduation.