City of Toronto Day
March 6, 2014
WHEREAS on March 6, 1834, the City of Toronto became incorporated as a city, formally known as the Town of York. This year marks the 180th year of its incorporation.
According to Natural Resources Canada, the name Toronto comes from the aboriginal word "Tkaronto" which means "where the trees are standing in the water." It was a word used to describe fishing areas of the canoe route between Lake Simcoe and what we now call today the Humber River.
Toronto is the fourth largest city in North America and the economic engine of Canada. It is home to nearly 2.8 million people. Half of Toronto's population come from outside of Canada bringing with them their many cultures, languages and customs, creating one of the most multicultural cities in the world.
Toronto has a reputation for being a great city. In 2013, a study ranked Toronto number two of the top one hundred cities in the world behind Sydney, Australia in terms of its advanced economy, appealing environment and effective government. The residents of Toronto enthusiastically support their sports teams, enjoy the rich arts scene, joyfully take advantage of their world class dining culture and are fiercely proud of Toronto's history as a clean, polite, inclusive and welcoming city.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor Rob Ford, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim March 6, 2014, as "City of Toronto Day" in the City of Toronto.