3 Things That Make Toronto Great for Students and Career Seekers
Toronto's amenities are easy to celebrate. In fact, the city has so much going for it that global publications often rank it among the top places in the world to live. But, as a student, you might have particular interest in these three aspects:
1. Easy and Comfortable Transportation Options
Toronto is well-known as a place where getting around by foot or bike is just as possible as travelling by car or public transit. That's because, in addition to reliable buses, subways, and streetcars, the city also has the PATH, an extensive system of underground walkways. So, when summer gets too hot or winter gets too cold, you can travel around the downtown core away from the elements and even grab a bite or do some shopping while you're down there.
Plus, you don't have to live in the heart of Toronto to benefit from award-winning public transportation. Many students and working professionals enjoy using Go Transit to travel around the entire Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. The train and bus routes are extensive and easy to access. The system carries 65 million passengers each year over a region spanning 11,000 square kilometres. Every bus has a bike rack. And you can even leave your car at one of many park and ride locations.*
2. A Lively Culture
Here's a fun statistic: Over to 50 percent of Toronto's population is made up of people who were born in other countries. That's more than the percentage of foreign-born residents in other diverse cities like New York, Los Angeles, and Vancouver.**
All of that diversity produces unforgettable neighborhood festivals, amazing restaurants everywhere you go, an energetic nightlife, and a refreshingly varied music scene. When you combine all of those things with other cultural attractions like seven professional sports teams and more than 100 galleries and museums, it's easy to see why so many students wouldn't want to pursue their training anywhere else.
3. Excellent Employment Opportunities
With more than 3.3 million workers, Toronto has the largest labour force in Canada. All of those professionals contribute to the generation of about one-fifth of the entire nation's GDP.** So career seekers in the city have tons of options. Some of the best examples include the possibilities found in sectors like:
- Healthcare—Toronto has many world-class medical facilities and community support centres.
- Information and communications technology—This broad industry employs more than 168,000 people in the city.**
- Business and professional services—Over 316,000 Torontonians are employed in fields like advertising, accounting, and legal and administrative work.**
- Creative industries—Professionals like artists, entertainers, designers, writers, and interactive media specialists account for more than 130,000 of the city's workforce.**
* Go Transit, website last visited on July 19, 2016.
** Invest Toronto, website last visited on April 10, 2017.