Toronto Facts

Entertainment and Tourism

Toronto's unmatched diversity shines through in its countless arts and entertainment opportunities. As the nation's cultural heartland, Toronto hosts international audiences at a wide variety of arts and sporting events in world class facilities.

  • Toronto is the leading tourism destination in Canada, attracting more than 25 million Canadian, American and international visitors annually (Tourism Toronto, 2012)
  • In 2012, the Toronto region welcomed 9.9 million overnight visitors
  • Visitors to Toronto spend about $5.1 billion in direct expenditures during their visits
  • Visitors to the Toronto region support more than 329,000 people who work in tourism and hospitality
  • Based on 2013 estimates, Toronto welcomed 13.69 million overnight visitors. 1.42 million visitors arrived from overseas markets (all countries other than Canada and the U.S.) with a further 2.18 million Americans staying overnight – a 1.7 per cent increase over 2012 and a 9.7 per cent increase over 2010 (Tourism Toronto, 2013)
  • The U.K. remains Toronto's largest overseas visitor market with 201,000 arrivals in 2013. China leads the new growth increasing 15 per cent over 2012 figures and 58 per cent since 2010 accounting for 181,000 visitors to the Toronto region in 2013 (Tourism Toronto, 2013)

Places and events of interest


Film and entertainment

  • Toronto is the third-largest screen-based production centre in North America with over $1 billion spent on film and television productions shot in Toronto each year. To find out more about Toronto's film industry and to see what productions are filming on City streets visit
  • The Toronto International Film Festival ® is the leading public film festival in the world, screening more than 300 films from 60+ countries every September


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