Last updated on Jan 07, 2023
Summary: The approximate population of Toronto, Canada is 2.93 million people. People often describe Toronto as a vibrant, multicultural city with a great quality of life. Expats love the diversity of the city, the abundance of cultural activities, and the great food scene. The weather in Toronto is generally mild, with temperatures ranging from an average low of -2°F in January to an average high of 82°F in July. The average cost of living in Toronto for an expat is estimated to be around $2,500 USD per month. The cost of a one bedroom apartment in Toronto is estimated to be around $1,500 USD per month, while a two bedroom apartment is estimated to be around $2,000 USD per month.
What do I need to know about living in Toronto?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Toronto, they said:
"I have a relocation company in Toronto helping primarily corporate clients and their families from all over the world with all aspects of their move to Toronto. I also work with an affiliate who has assistants working across Canada. Together we can assist with government cards and forms, school admissions, home finding, city orientation and more. This is a great city, full of cultural resources, picturesque, loads of opportunities and very accepting of all cultures. We are one of the most multicultural cities in the world!!! Language training is abundant, public transportation, continuing education are all available at a reasonable cost. The cost of housing and the overall cost of living is high. In order for me to assist you, you must have your employment in place as there are not many people who will rent to you without this. Once you are working here legally you can get your medical coverage (OHIP) as well. I can direct you to the appropriate immigration lawyers, international movers, etc. as part of my service. Please feel free to drop me a line with your questions here: [email protected] or visit my site at www.gtarelocation.com for more information," added another person living in Toronto.
How do I meet people in Toronto?
When we asked people living in Toronto about club and activities where newcomers can meet others, they responded:
"We have great biking trails across the city, and tennis courts are abundant in many of our public parks. There are a few newcomers clubs that can be joined for a small fee and can be selected based on the area you choose to live in. We love our pets and many people have dogs that they also like to walk with their friends and neighbours. Continuing education in an area of interest through many of our colleges like George Brown, Sheridan, Centennial and Seneca are also a great way to meet people," added another person living in Toronto.
Will I be able to find a job in Toronto?
When we asked people about industries and career opportunities in Toronto, they reponded:
"In the Greater Toronto Area: IT, telecommunications, marketing, manufacturing, automotive industry, finance, tourism, arts and entertainment, etc," remarked another in Toronto.
What is life like in Toronto?
When we asked people living in Toronto what life is like and how people spend their time, they said:
"Career is top priority followed by family time which can consist of outings, socializing with others and taking the kids for after school activities like swimming, playing in the parks, joining sports teams. We like to cook at home and entertain at home as well. Everyone in Toronto loves either Hockey, Basketball, Baseball or all of the above. We are proud of our sports teams. In the summer the waterfront has a lot to offer both residence and tourists with arts, cultures, fairs and events for the whole family. Many like to go out to the country on the weekends when the weather permits. Norther Ontario is a beautiful part of the world," said another expat in Toronto.
What do expats in Toronto appreciate most about the local culture?
"Opportunities to have a more global perspective, to improve English, to serve the community on a higher scale than before," explained one expat living in Toronto.
What do expats find most challenging?
"There is a big cultural difference between China and Canada. Inititally I found hard to be fully aware of the difference, then it came the challenges to express it accurately. During the time, I did not have social network and had a hard time to build one. The situation put a lot of stress on my work and life," said another person in Toronto.
Is there a lot of diversity? Are people in Toronto accepting of differences?
"Toronto is one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world. We are not just a tolerant city we are an inclusive city. All religions and cultures are welcome as long as they are peaceful, do not impose their belief on others and practice in the same inclusive and welcoming manner," added another person living in Toronto.
About the Author
Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.
Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.
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