Changes in the immigration policy in recent decades have attracted a great number of people from all over the world and the greatest concentration of these recent waves of immigration has been in Ontario and in particular in the City of Toronto!
At the heart of the Province of Ontario is the City of Toronto. Toronto is the provincial capital and is in many ways the economic engine for the entire country. It is the financial centre of Canada, the 3rd largest financial centre in North America, employing 205,000 in the financial sector.Toronto is headquarters for 6 of Canada's top insurers that manage over 90 per cent of the industry's assets and home to Canada's 5 largest banks, 50 foreign bank subsidiaries and branches, and 112 securities firms. It is the nation's largest employment centre, with one sixth of Canada's jobs, and strong employment in both manufacturing and service industries. The City of Toronto website has an abundance of resource material on all aspects of the city (Click here to go to the official City of Toronto website).
WHO IS MY NEIGHBOUR?
Toronto is located in the most diverse region of Canada. Changes in the immigration policy in recent decades have attracted a great number of people from all over the world and the greatest concentration of these recent waves of immigration has been in Ontario and in particular in the city of Toronto. To put this in perspective, according to Statistics Canada, by year 2017 or sooner, the ethnic minority will become the majority in the Greater Toronto Area (Learn more about the Greater Toronto Area).
Toronto is the largest urban centre in the country to receive immigrants. Every year, over 100,000 immigrants land in the Toronto 2006 Census counted 2,320,200 foreign-born people in Toronto and the surrounding metropolitan areas (Toronto Census Metropolitan Area). This accounts for 38% of all immigrants in Canada. Between 2001 and 2006, the foreign-born population grew by 14%, compared to 5% for the Canadian-born population. In 2006 the foreign-born population accounted for 46% of the total population, up from 44% in 2001 (Statistics Canada, 2007). In 2006, 32% of the population identified themselves as Catholic, 22% Protestant, 4% Orthodox, and 4% other Christian denominations (Statistics Canada, 2010).
QUICK FACTS ABOUT TORONTO
- According to the 2006 Census, the Toronto Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) had approximately 5.1 million people with approximately 2.5 million of those people within the actual city of Toronto.
- Nearly 44% of the people living in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) were born outside of Canada.
- The Golden Horseshoe (Toronto , Hamilton, Guelph , Peterborough , Barrie, Orillia , and the regions of Halton, Peel, York , Durham , Waterloo and Niagra) had a population of 8.1 million or one-quarter of Canada .
- Toronto has received 43% of the immigrants who came to Canada since 1985.
- Nearly 1 in 5 immigrants to Canada from 1996 to 2001 were Muslim raising the total Muslim population in Metropolitan Toronto to over 254,000 residents.
- Over 100 languages and dialects are spoken in Toronto proper alone , and over one third of Toronto 's residents speak a language other than English at home.
- The presence of recent immigrants is felt across the city but some residential areas receive a larger percentage (Download a colour coded map of Toronto).
The City of Toronto is also divided up into 140 different neighbourhoods. Information about each neighbourhood can be accessed on the City of Toronto website here. Neighbourhood information can also be gleaned from various real estate websites.
To find information about Toronto wards select a ward from the map below. Clicking on the map will take you to the City of Toronto website. A broad range of information (like immigration patterns, ethnocultural makeup, employment, income, families and shelter costs) can be discovered about each geographic area in Toronto.
EXTERNAL LINKS ABOUT TORONTO
United Way Toronto report on poverty by postal code
Strong Neighbourhoods: A Call to Action report
An excellent summary of the diversity of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA)
Another set of information on diversity focused more particularly on the city of Toronto
EXTERNAL LINKS ABOUT IMMIGRATION
General information on immigrating to Canada and to research articles and statistics related to Canada's immigration policies
2006 census report on immigration
Concise profiles of the people from many different cultures moving into and living in Canada.
EXTERNAL LINKS: STATISTICS CANADA
A collection of the many statistical tables and summaries from Canada 's most recent official census
Stats Canada 2006 Community Profile engine
Summary of immigrant population by country of birth for Toronto and other Ontario communities
Download Projections of the Diversity of the Canadian Population