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Quality of Life

Discover what makes Toronto one of the world's most liveable cities.

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Torontonians enjoy a high quality of life in one of the safest, cleanest and greenest global cities in the world. Toronto is the fourth largest city in North America, and the largest in Canada, and yet its network of colourful neighbourhoods, easily accessed on foot, by public transit or by car, make this big city feel small and friendly.

Residents enjoy world class education and health care options, beautiful outdoor spaces and countless entertainment opportunities. It is this quality of life that attracts professionals from all over the globe, making Toronto one of the most culturally diverse and vibrant cities in the world.

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To celebrate its diversity, Toronto hosts dozens of neighbourhood festivals every year, in addition to countless arts, entertainment and sporting events to suit every taste and budget. As the nation’s cultural heartland, Toronto offers world class cultural events in premier facilities. The City is ranked fourth in the world as a place to experience culture, and is the third largest theatre centre in the English speaking world. For the sports fan, there is no shortage of professional teams to cheer for, while those who prefer the outdoors know there is no better place to live than in the City within a Park.

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Living In Toronto

Living in Toronto

In its Global Liveability Report (2014), the Economist Intelligence Unit recognized Toronto as being one of the five most liveable cities in the world. It is this quality of life that attracts a highly mobile, global workforce in search of economic opportunity and a good standard of living.



Toronto's unmatched diversity shines through in its countless arts and entertainment opportunities. As the nation's cultural heartland, Toronto hosts a wide variety of arts and sporting events in world class facilities to international audiences.



Toronto can be easily explored on foot, by bike, via public transit or by car. Many Torontonians living closer to their workplace choose to walk or bike to work, while others commute using various public transit options including the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) or GO Transit for longer distances.

The 10 most livable cities in the world according to the Economist Intelligence Unit, 2014.
Map of the existing expressways in the City of Toronto.
Chart describing how Torontonians get to work by mode of transportation.
Map of Toronto's 140 neighbourhoods
The percentage of immigrants in the Toronto region benchmarked against large US metropolitan areas.
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  • Over 100,000 immigrants settle in Toronto annually
  • Toronto is a 90 minute flight from New York, Boston and Washington
  • Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) adds $170 million to Toronto’s economy (2009)
  • Enwave cooling system reduced cost of cool downtown office building by 90%