Toronto Facts

Infrastructure

Below are some facts about what's moving around in, on and under Toronto.

Streets and Transit

  • Toronto has approximately
    • 5,600 km of roads
    • 970 bridges and culverts
    • 7,945 km of sidewalks
    • 322 km of public laneways
    • 280 km of off-street trails
    • 2,283 traffic control signals
  • Toronto has North America's third largest public transit system after New York City and Mexico City
  • The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) was established 1921 and offer rides to 540 million with
    • 132 subway trains
    • 248 streetcars
    • 1,878 buses
    • 211 accessible buses that provide 3.1 million rides annually
  • GO Transit is the inter-regional public transit for the Greater Toronto Area (GTA)
  • Toronto is served by VIA Rail, the network that provides all rail service throughout Canada
  • Historic Union Station is the hub of Toronto's transportation network. 96 per cent of all GO Train riders pass through its concourse
  • Pearson International Airport is the busiest in Canada, 4th busiest in North America. The Greater Toronto Airports Authority is responsible for air traffic above the Toronto area
  • North America's largest continuous underground pedestrian system, PATH, connects approximately 1200 stores and restaurants, over 50 buildings/office towers, five subway stations, Union Station, six major hotels and several entertainment centres under Toronto's financial core.
  • PATH is also the largest underground shopping complex

Learn more about Toronto's Transportation.

Water

  • Toronto Water treats, transmits, stores and distributes more than one billion litres of potable water daily which it distributes through 6,000 km of watermains.
  • Toronto's average summer water production is enough to fill the Rogers Centre to the top every day.
  • Toronto water collects and treats wastewater from more than 3,900 km of sanitary sewers, 4,900 km of storm sewers and 1,500 km of combined sewers.

Learn more about Toronto Water.

Emergency Services

  • Toronto Police Services provides 24-hour emergency response for the City
    • average deployed uniform strength of 5,266 police officers
    • fleet of 1,447 cars
    • 55 motorcycles
    • 24 boats
    • 27 horses 
    • 459 bicycles and other transportation
    • see Toronto Police reports
  • Emergency Medical Services' provide 24-hour emergency medical response for the City 
    • 45 ambulance station
    • 156 ambulances
    • 958 paramedics
    • 108 emergency medical dispatchers
    • transport an estimated 202,469 emergency patients
  • Toronto Fire provide 24-hour emergency response 
    • 84 fire stations across the City
    • 359 fire trucks
    • 11 Heavy Urban Search and Rescue (HUSAR) vehicles
    • two fire boats for marine emergency response
    • 2,984 firefighters respond to 110,000 emergency incidents
    • conduct fire inspections on 73,000 new, existing and rehabilitated buildings

Parks and Recreation

  • Toronto has more than 1,600 public parks and 600 km of trails
  • The parks system covers 8,000 hectares, or roughly 13 per cent of the city's land area. It includes about 40 per cent of Toronto's natural areas, many of which lie within the ravine system and along the Lake Ontario shoreline
  • Toronto has 5 golf courses and 676 sports fields
  • The City of Toronto offers 595,000 hours of instructional recreation programs, 42,000 hours of leisure recreation programs and various services and facilities for people of all ages and abilities, promoting active and healthy lifestyles
  • Toronto sustains urban forests by planting approximately 97,000 trees annually, reviewing 6,900 applications for construction and development near trees and tree removal
  • 39 centres that offer select recreation programs at no charge

Learn more about Toronto Parks, Forestry & Recreation.

Libraries

  • 100 library branches across the city which are open for approximately 270,816 hours, with an estimated 19.3 million visits, 6.3 million workstation uses and 1.5 million wireless sessions
  • Toronto libraries receive 26.3 million virtual visits for online library services


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