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Toronto (/təˈrɒnt/, locally /ˈtrɒn/ or locally /təˈrɒn/) is the largest city in Canada and the provincial capital of Ontario. It is located in Southern Ontario on the northwestern shore of Lake Ontario. With over 2.7 million residents, it is the fourth most populous municipality in North America. Toronto is at the heart of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), and is part of a densely populated region in Southern Ontario known as the Golden Horseshoe, which is home to over 8.1 million residents—approximately 25% of Canada's population. The census metropolitan area (CMA) had a population of 5,113,149, and the Greater Toronto Area had a population of 5,555,912 in the 2006 Census.

As Canada's economic capital, Toronto is considered a global city and is one of the top financial centres in the world. Toronto's leading economic sectors include finance, business services, telecommunications, aerospace, transportation, media, arts, film, television production, publishing, software production, medical research, education, tourism and sports industries. The Toronto Stock Exchange, the world's seventh largest in terms of market value, is headquartered in the city, along with most of Canada's corporations.

Toronto's population is cosmopolitan and international, reflecting its role as an important destination for immigrants to Canada. Toronto is one of the world's most diverse cities by percentage of non-native-born residents, as about 49% of the population were born outside of Canada. Because of the city's low crime rates, clean environment, high standard of living, good public transit, and friendly attitude to diversity, Toronto is consistently rated as one of the world's most livable cities by the Economist Intelligence Unit and the Mercer Quality of Living Survey. In addition, Toronto was ranked as the most expensive Canadian city in which to live in 2006. Residents of Toronto are called Torontonians.

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A painting by Sir Edmund Walker depicts University College as it appeared in 1858.

The University of Toronto (U of T, UToronto, or Toronto) is a public research university in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, situated on the grounds that surround Queen's Park. It was founded by royal charter in 1827 as King's College, the first institution of higher learning in Upper Canada. Originally controlled by the Church of England, the university assumed the present name in 1850 upon becoming a secular institution. As a collegiate university, it comprises twelve colleges that differ in character and history, each retaining substantial autonomy on financial and institutional affairs.

The University of Toronto is ranked first in Canada and 27th worldwide in the Academic Ranking of World Universities; first in Canada and 17th worldwide in the Times Higher Education global ranking; second in Canada and 23rd globally in the QS World University Rankings; and first in Canada and third overall in Newsweek's ranking of top institutions outside of the United States. The university has educated two Governors General and four Prime Ministers of Canada, four foreign leaders, fourteen Justices of the Supreme Court, and has been affiliated with ten Nobel laureates.


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The Toronto City Hall is one of the most distinctive landmarks of the city. Designed by Viljo Revell and engineered by Hannskarl Bandel, the building opened in 1965; its modernist architecture still impresses today. It was built to replace the Old City Hall (built in 1899). In the 1980 film The Kidnapping of the President starring William Shatner and Hal Holbrook the city hall and Nathan Phillips Square provided the location for a protracted hostage scene. The city hall was seen in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Contagion" as one of the possible destinations of an alien portal. In the 2002 film The Tuxedo, the city hall was playing the role of "CSA Headquarters".

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Official websites

  • City of Toronto Official website for the city.
  • Tourism Toronto Official tourism website for the city.
  • Toronto's Economic Profile Official economic profile website for the city.



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Frederick Goldwin Gardiner, QC, LL.D (21 January, 1895 – 22 August, 1983) was a Canadian politician, lawyer and businessman. He was the first chairman of Metropolitan Toronto council, the governing body for the Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto, from 1953 to 1961. As Metro Chairman, Gardiner, nicknamed "Big Daddy", was a staunch advocate of growth and expansion and was responsible for many capital works projects, including the Gardiner Expressway (named for him) and the Don Valley Parkway.


Did you know...


...that Yonge Street, Toronto's major north-south artery, can be considered the longest street in the world at 1,896 km if it is considered to be extended by Highway 11? The Guinness Book of World Records recognized this claim as late as 1998.


Former Toronto mayor, Mel Lastman:

  • "You will never be mayor, because you say dumb and stupid things!"

(said during a council debate to his eventual successor, David Miller.)

Former Toronto Mayor, Rob Ford:

  • "Don’t you fucking know? I’m Rob fucking Ford, the mayor of this city!"

(Oct, 2011 - on a 911 call after a CBC comedy team tried to interview the mayor outside his house)

  • "I do not use crack cocaine!"

(May, 2013)

  • "Yes, I have smoked crack cocaine."

(November, 2013)

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