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Overview of Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Toronto is the capital of the province of Ontario, Canada. Located on the north-western shore of Lake Ontario, Toronto is the cultural, financial, economic and industrial centre of Canada. The city has a total population of 4,366,508 (Urban 2001), and is the most populous city in Canada and the fifth most in North America – next to Mexico City, New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago. Toronto is home to a highly multicultural population, a beautiful waterfront, great shopping centres, exciting cultural and community events, a highly multicultural population, successful educational institutions and sports teams, and the world-renowned CN Tower – the world's largest human-made self-standing structure.

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  • Population: 4,366,508 (Urban 2001)
  • Population Density: 3939.4/km²
  • Area: 629.91 km²
  • Latitude: 43°39`N
  • Longitude: 79°23`W
  • Weather: See forecast
  • Elevation: 76 m. above sea level
  • Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time
  • Language: English
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History of Toronto, Ontario

The region of modern Toronto, Ontario, was initially a meeting place for First Nations groups. The French trading fort Rouillé was established in the area in 1750, and soon after many United Empire Loyalists fled to the fort to escape the American Revolution. By 1973 the community was named the capital of Upper Canada, and subsequently grew steadily throughout the 19th century and was designated as a city on March 6th, 1834. During the latter part of the 20th century, Toronto surpassed Montreal in total population and became the economic capital of the nation.

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Toronto's Demographics

Toronto, Ontario has a total population of 4,366,508 (Urban 2001). The United Nations Development Programme ranked Toronto as second in its list of world cities with the largest percentage of foreign-born population. Miami ranked first, but its population is almost entirely Hispanic, however, whereas Toronto's is significantly more diverse. According to the 2001 Canadian census, 42.8% of Toronto's population is part of a visible minority.

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Toronto's Climate

The city of Toronto, Ontario, has highly variable daily temperatures, especially during the winter season. The average January maximum temperature is -2°C, but strong winds often make the temperature feel much colder. Toronto typically has rainy springs and mild autumns, and hot and humid summers. The city's average annual precipitation is about 760 mm and average annual snowfall is roughly 115 cm.

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Education in Toronto, Ontario

Toronto, Ontario has numerous elementary and secondary schools operated by the Toronto Catholic District School Board, the Toronto District School Board and privately-owned schools. Toronto is also home to many post-secondary educational institutions including the University of Toronto, York University, Ryerson University, the Ontario College of Art & Design, Humber College, Seneca College, George Brown College and Centennial College.

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Transportation around Toronto, Ontario

Residents and tourists of the city of Toronto, Ontario, are served by a variety of transportation opportunities, such as the extensive rail and bus transit system GO Transit which carries over 160,000 passengers a day, the Toronto Transit Commission which operates buses, streetcars and subway lines, and the Toronto Pearson International Airport – Canada's largest airport.

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Tourism and Attractions of Toronto

Toronto, Ontario boasts a variety of tourist attractions for the city's visitors, including the CN Tower, the Rogers Centre, the Air Canada Centre, the modernist styled City Hall, Queen's Park, the Yorkdale and Eaton Centre shopping malls, Casa Loma, the Hockey Hall of Fame, the St. Lawrence Market, the Royal Ontario Museum, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Ontario Science Centre, the Toronto Zoo, St. Michael's Cathedral and St. James' Cathedral.

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Surrounding Communities

  • Toronto
  • Don Mills
  • Forest Hill
  • Leaside

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Geography of Toronto, Ontario

The city of Toronto has a total area of 641 km² and is located on Lake Ontario in the province of Ontario, Canada. Toronto is bounded by Highway 427 and Etobicoke Creek to the west, Rouge River to the east, Steeles Avenue to the north and Lake Ontario to the south. Other than the Rouge River and Etobicoke Creek, Toronto is intersected by the Humble River in the west end and the Don River just east of the centre of the city.

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Toronto's Government

Toronto is home to 22 Members of Parliament in the Canadian House of Commons and 22 Members of Provincial Parliament in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, which is located in Toronto's Queen's Park. The city itself is governed by the Toronto City Council, consisting of 44 elected councillors and a mayor – a position currently held by David Miller. Elections for the mayor and city councillors are held every three years in the month of November.

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Toronto's Economy and Industry

The city of Toronto, Ontario is the financial, industrial, economic and commercial centre of Canada. The city and its surrounding area make over half of Canada's manufactured goods, and Metropolitan Toronto's economy is ranked seventh in the world. The Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) is the sixth largest stock exchange in the world and third largest in North America based on total market capitalisation.

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Toronto's Culture and Significant Events

Ontario's Toronto is extremely multicultural and arguably the most ethnically diverse city in the world. Significant ethnic backgrounds in the city include British, Italian, Jamaican, Chinese, Japanese, French, Russian, Latin American, East European, Oceanic and Arabic. Toronto also has an extremely artistic culture, with many extensive art galleries, musical performances and theatre and dance productions. Toronto is also home to many significant annual events and parades, including the celebrated Santa Claus Parade and popular Gay Pride Parade.

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Sports in Toronto, Ontario

Toronto, Ontario has many local sports leagues and clubs. The city is also home to many professional sports teams such as the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League, the Toronto Blue Jays of Major League Baseball, the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League, the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association, the Toronto St. Michaels majors of the Ontario Hockey League, the Toronto Lynx of USL Soccer and the Toronto Rock of the National Lacrosse League.

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Media of Toronto

The city of Toronto, Ontario, is home to an extensive variety of local and national media outlets, from magazine and newspaper publications to television and radio stations. Popular Toronto newspapers include the Toronto Star, the Toronto Sun and 24 Hours.

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