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Living in Toronto – Diversity

While Quality of Life is a widely debated and variously measured goal, city planners focus on Security, Diversity, Beauty, Recreation, Good Health and Education to provide a substantial set of criteria to deliver outstanding Quality of Life in Toronto.

Toronto is the most diverse city in Canada and one of the most multicultural cities in North America, with over 50% of its population born outside of the country. With a larger foreign-born population than Vancouver, Los Angeles, and New York, Toronto is a city of unmatched distinction and tolerance.

Diversity of race, religion and lifestyle help define the city and set Toronto apart from other global centres. It is home to virtually all of the world's cultural ethnicities and is a city where more than 100 languages and dialects are spoken. With over 200 distinct ethnic origins represented, the Toronto region is a true mosaic of cultures, languages, abilities, hopes and dreams.

With over 100,000 immigrants settling in the region every year, Toronto promises even greater cultural assortment in years to come.

Not surprisingly, Toronto doesn't just welcome diversity... it encourages it.

After all, it is this diversification - this unmatched pool of talent, skills and experience - that is Toronto's greatest advantage. Businesses located in the Toronto area have easy access to a multilingual, well-educated workforce, with connections, both personal and professional, all over the world.

Toronto ranks in Top 10 most appealing cities to live and work (Boston Consulting Group, 2014). Part of the city's success lies in the wide range of people and experiences from which it benefits.

Toronto is the city of choice for so many new Canadians because it allows them to quickly integrate into the business community. As a city of immigrants, Toronto understands the multitude of ways it is enriched by diversity and welcomes newcomers. Almost three-quarters of Torontonians have direct ties to immigration. About one-half are themselves immigrants, and almost one-quarter are second-generation Canadians with at least one parent born outside of Canada.

Toronto's visible minority population has also grown significantly in recent decades. Second only to Los Angeles in its peer group, 49% of Toronto's population belongs to a visible minority group. That's nearly one-quarter of the visible minority population in Canada, and it is a figure Statistics Canada predicts will rise to over 60% by 2031.

The top five visible minority communities in Toronto are:

  • South Asian – 317,100 (or 12.3%)
  • Chinese – 278,390 (10.8%)
  • Filipino – 132,445 (5.1%)
  • Latin American – 71,205 (2.8%)

Source: StatsCan, 2013

The percentage of immigrants in the Toronto region benchmarked against large US metropolitan areas.
The percentage of visible minorities in the Toronto region benchmarked against large US metropolitan areas.