Toronto is the provincial capital city for Ontario, Canada’s most highly populated province.
Toronto ranks as the global city offering the highest quality of living, the single most important variable tracked by PwC’s 2016 Cities of Opportunity Index.
More recently, Toronto was declared the world’s fourth-most liveable city by The Economist’s Global Liveability Ranking released on August 16, 2017. Toronto trailed only Melbourne in Australia, Vienna in Austria and another Canadian city Vancouver.
Ontario’s provincial capital placed second for senior citizen well-being, second for health, safety and security, number 8 for relocation competitiveness and number 15 in terms of the city’s entertainment and attractions.
An economic powerhouse, Toronto serves as headquarters for 21 Fortune Global 500 companies. Examples of these world-class businesses include food processing and distribution conglomerate George Weston Limited, Royal Bank of Canada, Toronto-Dominion Bank, Bank of Nova Scotia and Manulife Financial.
Ontario shipped C$205.4 billion worth of goods around the globe during 2016. Highest-value Ontarian exports are automobiles, nuclear reactors and machinery, gold, silver, base metals, chemicals, plastics and pharmaceuticals according to the Canadian International Merchandise Trade Database.
Toronto’s unemployment rate was 7% as of May 7, 2017 down from 7.5% in effect 12 months earlier.
Capital Facts for Toronto, Canada: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: Air Canada Centre, CN Tower, Hockey Hall of Fame, Ontario Science Centre, Royal Ontario Museum and Toronto Zoo
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in Toronto, Canada
- Drake, singer-songwriter (born Oct. 24, 1986)
- Abel Tesfaye (aka The Weeknd), singer-songwriter (born Feb. 16, 1990)
- Joey Votto, professional baseball all-star (born Sep. 10, 1983)
- Mike Myers, comedian, actor & screenwriter (born May 25, 1963)
- Jason Woolley, professional hockey player (born Jul. 27, 1967)
- Cory Joseph, professional basketball player (born Aug. 20, 1991)
- Howie Mandel, comedian & TV host (born Nov. 29, 1955)
- Brad Park, professional hockey all-star defenseman (born Jul. 6, 1948)
- Neil Young, singer-songwriter (born Nov. 12, 1945)
- George Chuvalo, heavyweight boxing champion (born Sep. 12, 1937)
Note: Data for our Famous People tab was sourced from Google searches of published Wikipedia articles specific to each person’s name.
Demonym for a Toronto resident: Torontonian
Population: 2.7 million (Toronto city limits)
Density: 11,226 people per square mile (4,334 per square kilometer)
Population: 6.4 million (Greater Toronto Area)
Density: 2,333 people per square mile (901 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$276.3 billion in 2014 (Toronto)
GDP per person: $45,771
Note: The above GDP metrics are on a Purchasing Power Parity basis and are in U.S. dollars.
Official currency used in Toronto: Canadian dollars
Brookings Institution, Global Metro Monitor Report (includes GDP data). Accessed on May 13, 2017
CityMetric, Where are largest cities in the world? 2015 edition. Accessed on May 13, 2017
Fortune, Global 500 2016. Accessed on May 13, 2017
Government of Canada, EI Economic Region of Toronto. Accessed on May 13, 2017
Official Government Website, City of Toronto official website. Accessed on May 13, 2017
PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP), 2016 Cities of Opportunity Index. Accessed on May 13, 2017
Statistics Canada, Canadian International Merchandise Trade Database. Accessed on May 13, 2017
The Economist, The Global Liveability Ranking. Accessed on August 23, 2017
Wikimedia Commons, City Flags. Accessed on May 13, 2017
Note: Some city flags were unavailable. If so, attribution belongs to Wikimedia Commons for pertinent country flags.
Wikipedia, Greater Toronto Area. Accessed on May 13, 2017
Wikipedia, List of municipalities in the Greater Toronto Area. Accessed on May 13, 2017
Wikipedia, Ontario. Accessed on May 13, 2017
Wikipedia, Toronto. Accessed on May 13, 2017
Within city limits, Toronto occupies 243.3 square miles (630.2 square kilometers). The provincial capital city’s population was 2.7 million people in 2016.
The Greater Toronto Area has a land area of 2,280.2 square miles (5,905.7 square kilometers) with a GTA population of 6.4 million inhabitants.
At the city level, Toronto’s population density is 11,226 residents per square mile (4,334 per square kilometer).
Unsurprisingly, population density is lesser within the much larger Greater Toronto Area with an average 2,814 inhabitants per square mile (1,087 per square kilometer).
Torontonians celebrate Canada Day as a national holiday each July 1.