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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. For more information please visit London’s immigration portal, a one stop shop for newcomers to London and surrounding Middlesex County.

Weather

London has a continental climate characterized by large seasonal contrast. There are four distinct seasons: winter, spring, summer and fall. On average the weather is comfortable allowing for outdoor activities year around. Summer months are hot and humid with an average temperature in July of 20.5°C.  Winters are cold with seasonal snowfall averaging 200 cm. The typical temperature in January is -6.3 °C.

Getting around

The city has an international airport, train and bus station making getting to and from London convenient and straightforward. If travelling by car, Highways 401 and 402 connect London to Toronto, and to US border crossings at Windsor and Sarnia.
Within the city The London Transit Commission (LTC) offers accessible bus services. LTC accommodates people with disabilities including paratransit services for those with special needs. Licensed taxi companies are also readily available.
Walking, cycling and driving are easy given the city’s layout. There are extensive bike routes within the city including on-street routes, off-street routes and multi-use pathways.

Police services

In case of emergency dial 9-1-1. The London Police Services Board treats as emergencies the following cases: crime in progress, homicide, person with a weapon, suspicious person, serious injury, police officer in trouble, serious vehicle accident, assault, break and enter, suspicious vehicle, odour in gas, robbery, purse snatching, gun shots, and fire on explosion.
To report non-emergency situations dial 519-661-5670. Non-emergencies according to the London Police Services Board are vandalism, traffic concerns, unnecessary noise, lost of property and having or requiring general or narcotic information.

Places of worship

London has a diverse makeup of churches, synagogues, mosques and temples.
For a list of places of worship in London click here.
Other helpful links:
Islamic Centre of Southwest Ontario

Hindu Cultural  Centre of London Ontario

London Jewish Federation

Pre-arrival settlement and employment services in Ontario