Life in London, Ontario
Midway 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.
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.
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.
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
City Size and Population
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.
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.
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 .
London, Ontario offers many high quality schools to meet your needs and the needs of your family. From primary, secondary and post-secondary education, you can find schools that provide a superior experience. This is important especially if you are moving to Canada with young school-aged children.
Selecting a school that is convenient, and within the school district that is close to your home will be an important decision to make.
London has two English language school boards and two French language school boards:
English Language School Boards:
French Language School Boards:
To learn more, read An Overview of the Canadian Education System.
London is also home to two post-secondary schools including:
Western Univeristy is ranked among the top 1% of higher education institutions in the world. It offers 88 different degree programs and graduate and post-doctoral programs in:
Western University has 40,000 students including more than 5,800 international students from around the world.
Fanshawe is one of Ontario’s largest colleges and offers more than 200 degree, diploma, certificate and apprenticeship programs to over 43,000 students. It provides programs in multiple disciplines including:
- Applied Arts
- Health Care
- Human Services
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.