Living in London, Ontario

Downtown London, Ontario, at nightMidway between Detroit and Toronto, London is at the heart of Southwestern Ontario. As the sixth-largest city in Ontario and Canada’s 10th largest city, London serves as a regional hub for surrounding communities.  To newcomers the city offers affordable housing, beautiful parks, low crime rates, excellent education and health care facilities, and substantial cultural life. Whether you are looking for the urban lifestyle of a big city or the appeal and security of mid-size community you will find it here.  London is a great place to live, raise a family and enjoy life. Continue reading

Society

The city of London has a population of 366,151, with the highest percentage of its residents of European origin. While the majority of London’s population report English as the language spoken most often at home, approximately 20% of London’s population was born outside of Canada, and approximately 11% of London’s population consists of visible minorities. Ethnic communities are growing in the city with Spanish and Arabic listed as the languages spoken most often after English.

Economy

The strength of the manufacturing sector, rich agricultural lands and the proximity to the US border has made Southwestern Ontario an important economic region. The largest industry historically has been auto parts manufacturing and vehicle assembly. This industry has faced challenges, in part due to the restructuring of the automotive sector in the United States. In recent years, London has attracted foreign direct investments in advanced manufacturing, food-processing, information-technology and other knowledge based industries. Visit the London Economic Development Corporation for more details.

Finding a home

The average home prices in London are significantly lower than in Toronto and other cities in Ontario and outside the province. The average price of a detached bungalow is $241,800. A standard two-storey home costs about $250,300, a luxury condominium apartment is $271,300, and standard townhouse is $178,200. For more information please visit www.ledc.com.
Rents are also lower than in Toronto and other Ontario cities.  A bachelor apartment is about $533 a month, a one-bedroom is $710, a two-bedroom is $881, and a three-bedroom apartment is $1,053 a month.

Medical

London is home to London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC), one of Canada’s largest acute-care teaching institutions. LHSC is made up of multiple hospitals including: University Hospital, Victoria Hospital and Children’s Hospital. It also encompasses several medical centers and research institutes.  In 2011 LHSC provided care for over one million patients.  For more information please visit http://www.lhsc.on.ca.
Medical walk-in clinics provide health care on a drop in basis.  London houses over 20 clinics with varying hours.  There are also three hospital emergency rooms and one urgent care centre in London. For locations please click here . You can also visit The Middlesex-London Health Unit for health-related information and help.
To find a family doctor in London please visit http://www.cpso.on.ca/docsearch .

Education

Public Elementary and secondary schools in London are run by four school boards: Thames Valley District School Board, London District Catholic School Board, Conseil scolaire Viamonde and Le Conseil scolaire de district des écoles catholiques du Sud-Ouest. The Thames Valley District School Board is one of the largest public school boards in Ontario. It operates 138 elementary and 28 secondary schools. You can find a school in your area here. The London District Catholic
School Board
has 48 elementary and eight secondary schools teaching children from Junior Kindergarten to grade 12. It provides a complete academic program in an environment that integrates religious instructions.   Conseil scolaire Viamonde and Le Conseil scolaire de district des écoles catholiques du Sud-Ouest are boards for French education. London is also home to a number of private elementary and secondary schools, offering diverse curriculums.
London is home to Western University and Fanshawe College, making the city a desirable place to study and work for thousands of Canadian and international students and researchers. Post-secondary options in London also include a number of Career Colleges and Trade Schools.  For more information on schools visit www.immigration.london.ca/learning.

Recreation

London is often called The Forest City in reference to its numerous pathways and acres of rolling parkland.  There are more than 200 parks in London proving excellent opportunities for walking, jogging and cycling. London also provides facilities for skating, swimming, golf, skateboarding, tennis, skiing and other sports. For a list of recreation opportunities click here.

London has a rich and vibrant culture enhanced by its museums, theaters, special events and libraries. London facilitates over 120 special events each year including festivals such as Sunfest, and Home County Music & Art Festival, for a list of events click here. Visit the immigration portal for more information on London’s cultural and organizations.

There are over 120 special events to attend each year in London, including festivals like Sunfest, and Home County Music & Art Festival. For a list of events click here.