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Toronto is one of the most multicultural cities in the world. It has a population of 2.48 million people (5.5 million in the Greater Toronto Area) 50% of whom are born outside of Canada.

Known as the ‘city of neighbourhoods’ Toronto is conveniently divided into regions. Toronto of the past was just the central downtown and close surrounding area. But in 1998, the City of Toronto was revised and expanded and now has more than a whopping 240 neighbourhoods, making this great city…even greater.

The city is also a mosaic of languages with more than 150 languages spoken every day in the city. Just over 30 per cent of Toronto residents speak a language other than English or French at home. Hundreds of ethno-cultural organizations – including professional associations and community centres – operate in the city.

The city is ranked as the safest large metropolitan area in North America by Places Rated Almanac.

Toronto is at the heart of the larger municipality known as the Greater Toronto Area, which has over 6 million people. The GTA includes not only the City of Toronto, but also four regional municipalities surrounding it:

  • Durham (includes Pickering, Ajax, Whitby, Oshawa, Clarington, Uxbridge, Scugog and Brock)
  • Halton (includes Burlington, Oakville, Milton and Halton Hills)
  • Peel (includes Brampton, Mississauga and Caledon)
  • York (includes Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Georgina, King, Markham, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, Vaughan, Whitchurch-Stouffville)
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