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Our 10 office locations are situated in thriving communities that each offer their own unique livability features and benefits. From location and size to schools and business investment, our community profiles highlight what you need to know when researching communities for your next home!
Formerly named as York, Toronto was first established in the 18th century by British Army General John Graves Simcoe, where it was announced as the permanent capital of Upper Canada on 1st February 1796, and given the name Toronto in the year 1834.
The most populous city in Canada and the centre of the Greater Toronto Area, Toronto is recognized as one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world. A city of soaring skyscrapers and hub to countless world-class business, education, dining, shopping, sports and entertainment, Toronto is also the home to one of the most recognizable structures in the world: the CN Tower.
In a city where over half of its residents reflect visible minorities and over 200 distinct ethnic origins are represented, there is no question of Toronto’s pride in multiculturalism. The primary language spoken by Torontonians is English, but over 160 languages are spoken in the city.
It is this blend of world-class offerings and multicultural heritage that makes Toronto unique. A city that reflects so many international cultures, Toronto reflects a mosaic of business and culture not commonly found in one place.
It’s not surprising that one of the world’s busiest cities would also be home to some of the world’s greatest and most diverse collection of attractions. From state-of-the-art architecture, to world-class dining, internationally-renowned art and so much more. Here are just a few of the city’s most popular sights to see and experience:
- CN Tower – The towering 553-metre tower holds the Guiness World Record as the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and is easily the city’s most recognizable landmark. From the incomparable views to the famed EdgeWalk experience and the 360 restaurant, the structure has been a must-visit for locals and tourists since its completion in 1976.
- The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) – Located at 100 Queen’s Park in the city, the premier museum houses a world-class collection and features an expansion to the building that was completed in 2007, the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal, which features a stunning array of glass panels and sharp edges that make part of the expansion’s ultra-modern design.
- The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) – founded in 1976, TIFF is one of the largest publicly attended film festivals in the world, attracting over 480,000 people each year and proving to be a favourite celebrity stop on the film festival circuit
It only makes sense that a world-class city would offer its residents a wide array of world-class education. From elementary, secondary, post-secondary and mature student levels of education, the city of Toronto is well-known for its offerings of higher-learning and top-rated facilities.
The city is home to several high-ranking elementary and secondary schools. Just to name a few:
- Our Lady of Perpetual Help – Toronto District School Board Catholic elementary school in Central Toronto with an EQAO rating of 98%
- Blythwood Junior Public School – a TDSB public school serving students JK to grade 6 with a 97.3% EQAO rating
- Hillmount Public School – this high-achieving TDSB school serves students from JK to grade 5 and has an EQAO rating of 97%
- North Toronto Collegiate Institute – a high-ranked non-semester public high school located in the North Toronto area
- St.Michael’s Choir School – a semi-private integrated elementary and secondary school in the Garden District of the city
The city is also well known for its wide range of renowned private school institutions, including:
- Upper Canada College – providing high-ranked facilities including excellent sports clubs and world-class boarding
- De La Salle College – a highly-regarded private, Catholic, independent co-educational preparatory school run by the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools
- St.Michael’s College School – founded in 1852 by the Basilian Fathers, this institution is Ontario’s only independent Catholic school for young men
- Bishop Strachan School – this girls-only day-boarding school aims to “hone core academic skills through exploration and discovery”
For a complete list and ranking of Toronto private schools, OurKids.net is an excellent resource.
This metropolitan city is also home to several renowned international schools. To name just a few:
- Toronto French School – Canada’s International School – an independent, bilingual, co-educational, non-denominational school in Toronto, where Queen Elizabeth II, as Queen of Canada, is the royal patron of the school
- Keystone International Schools – a boutique school with an Ontario-based curriculum with an experiential, project-based approach to learning
- The York School – First opened in 1965, this progressive school offers students state-of-the-art facilities with the aim of providing “a modern school for a global world”
The city is also home to many internationally-ranked post-secondary institutions spanning all educational sectors and designations, including:
- The University of Toronto – founded by royal charter in 1827, this institution is known the world-over and has a reputation for some of the best teaching and research faculties across North America
- York University – the second-largest university in Canada and consistently ranked one of the finest in Ontario, with over 90% of university students finding employment within two years of graduating
- George Brown College – this institution is well-known for its host of field education opportunities afforded to its students, owing to the school’s strong ties to industry
For a list of Ontario schools offering International Baccalaureate® programs, check out IBSchoolsofOntario.ca.
Check out the full community profile for Toronto here.
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