Toronto is the most populous city in Canada and the provincial capital of Ontario, located in Southern Ontario on the northwestern shore of Lake Ontario in the heart of the Greater Toronto Area. Toronto is considered as an alpha world city by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network and is placed among the Global Leaders in the Global Financial Centers Index. The city is also consistently rated as one of the world’s most livable cities by the Economist Intelligence Unit and the Mercer Quality of Living Survey.
Toronto is Canada's largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It's a global center for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities.
Toronto is Canada's financial and business capital. Rated as one of the top four global cities with economic clout, and topped the North American Cities of the Future, FDI, behind only New York, Toronto is a dynamic, diverse, rising city that provides the ideal business environment for companies looking for a competitive edge.
The city is well known for its educational expertise with its University of Toronto, established in 1827 acknowledged as the Canada’s largest university, with two satellite campuses, one located in the city’s eastern district of Scarborough while the other in the neighboring city of Mississauga. Toronto is a welcoming host for its tourists hosting varied attractions including The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), of world culture and natural history. The Toronto Zoo is home for over 5,000 animals representing over 460 distinct species. The Art Gallery of Ontario holds a large collection of Canadian, European, African and contemporary artwork, and also plays host to exhibits from museums and galleries all over the world. The Gardiner Museum of ceramic art is the only museum in Canada entirely devoted to ceramics, and the Museum’s collection contains more than 2,900 ceramic works from Asia, America and Europe.
Shopping sites in Toronto include the Yorkville neighborhood, Queen West, Harbourfront, the Entertainment District, the Financial District, and the St. Lawrence Market neighborhood. The Eaton Centre is Toronto’s most popular tourist attraction with over 52 million visitors annually. The city facilitates transport with its Toronto Transit Commission (TTC). The backbone of its public transport network is the Toronto subway and RT, which includes three heavy-rail rapid transit lines and a mainly elevated light metro rapid transit line that runs in Scarborough. The TTC also operates a network of buses and streetcars.