Live in Toronto!
There are many great places for immigrants to live in Canada and Toronto is at the top of the list.
Over 1.2 million immigrants live in Canada’s largest city, Toronto, Ontario, accounting for around 47% of the city’s population of 2.9 million residents.
According to data from StatisticsCanada, 85.5% of the immigrants who move to Toronto each year are still living there five years later (the second highest immigrant retention rate after Vancouver, British Columbia).
Toronto is one of the most diverse cities in the world, where more than 160 different languages are spoken.
The city has several ethnic neighborhoods, such as Chinatown, Greektown, Little India, Koreatown, and Little Italy, so if you enjoy authentic ethnic foods, you will find plenty of variety to choose from living in Toronto.
Since there are many immigrants from various countries living in Toronto, the city is a popular destination for new immigrants who can find support from others who speak their language and share their cultural background.
Another reason that many immigrants decide to live in Toronto is because the city is one of Canada’s key business hubs, with many jobs available in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) in banking and finance, information technology, film and television, media and telecommunications, advertising and marketing, manufacturing, distribution, and other business sectors.
Of course, Toronto is a beautiful city, situated along the shores of Lake Ontario, and has been listed among the most livable cities in the world over the past several years.
There are many scenic parks in Toronto, including Trinity Bellwoods Park, High Park, Kew Gardens, Trillium Park, and Rouge National Urban Park.
You can also take a ferry to the Toronto Islands to go hiking, have a picnic or enjoy other outdoor activities, as well as see an incredible view of the Toronto skyline.
Toronto residents can enjoy warm sunny days at one of the city’s several beaches, such as Woodbine Beach.
When it comes to shopping in Toronto, Eaton Centre, Yorkville Village and the Distillery Historic District are hard to beat.
If you enjoy museums, you will want to visit the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), Casa Loma mansion and the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Yonge Dundas Square is a popular place to hang out in Toronto at night, plus you can also enjoy a nice meal at one of the nearby restaurants.
You might wonder how much it costs to live in Toronto.
According to the Numbeo.com website, a single individual can expect to pay around $1,267 CAD per month not counting rent, while a family of four could anticipate about $4,632 CAD in monthly expenses excluding rent.
The cost of housing in Toronto will depend on various factors, including the size of the home and where it is located.
For example, the Numbeo.com website says a one bedroom apartment in the Toronto City Centre could cost approximately $2,112 CAD per month for rent, but a one bedroom apartment outside of the Toronto City Centre might cost $1,771 CAD for rent each month.
It also reports that the monthly rent for an apartment with three bedrooms in Toronto’s City Centre is approximately $3,505 CAD monthly, but a three-bedroom apartment outside of Toronto’s City Centre might cost about $2,867 CAD in rent per month.
Living in Toronto or other large cities in Canada (e.g., Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary, Ottawa, etc.) can be expensive, however, Canadian jobs generally pay well.
Whether you would like to live in Toronto or another location in Canada, the choice is yours once you have been approved for Canadian permanent residency.
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DISCLAIMER: This guide is not and shall not be considered as professional or expert advice.