Toronto Facts and Figures

  • The largest city in Canada, Toronto is home to over 5.7 million people.
  • The name “Toronto” comes from the Huron word for “fishing weir.”
  • Toronto residents speak over 140 languages and dialects.
  • A greater percentage of Toronto residents hold university degrees than in any country in the world.
  • Roughly one-half of Toronto’s population was born outside of Canada.
  • One-quarter of all Hollywood films are filmed in Toronto.
  • There are more than 8,000 restaurants in Toronto.
  • Toronot’s PATH is the largest underground pedestrian system in North America.
  • Toronto public transit has the highest ridership per capita anywhere in North America.
  • Toronto’s Yonge Street is the longest street in the world.
  • The CN Tower is the second tallest free-standing structure in the world at 553 meters tall.
  • Toronto has 138 km of shoreline.
  • There are 8,000 hectares of parkland and 1500 parks in greater Toronto.
  • Over 300 km of rivers and streams run through Toronto and flow into Lake Ontario.
  • Toronto has around 10 million trees, including 4 million publicly owned and maintained trees.
  • Famous people from Toronto include Margaret Atwood, John Candy, Jim Carrey, Frank Gehry, Lorne Michaels, Mike Myers, Michael Ondaatje, Mary Pickford and Neil Young.