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Living in Toronto

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government with a population of about 2.6 million people and one of the most multicultural cities in the world. It is also the capital of the Province of Ontario.

The city offers more than 40 services including emergency (police, fire and ambulance), transit, social and health, arts, culture, solid waste, water and wastewater.

It is a city with civic pride. Thanks to residents, businesses, property owners and our youth, Toronto is a clean and green city. It is committed to the environment and offers several recycling programs to manage its waste. It recently passed an environmental plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions, clean the air and create a sustainable energy future. A clean and beautiful city also makes good business sense. It attracts highly skilled workers and investment, which contributes to a healthy economy.

The City operates many museums, historic sites, performing and visual arts centres and supports public and community initiatives. Toronto is a city where people live, work and play. It is a city dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and livability for all.


Everyday Life in the City

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Canada's Government System

There are three primary levels of government in Canada: Federal, Provincial, and Municipal. Each level has a different responsibility. This section will give you more information about the responsibilities of each level.

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Going to School

Toronto has two school boards, private schools and a wide variety of colleges and universities. We have devoted an entire section of this portal completely to Learning in Toronto.

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311 Toronto

Not sure how to report a pothole? Need to order or exchange a Garbage/Recycling Bin? Looking for a program at your local community centre? Simply call 311. Our customer service representatives are available to assist you 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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Utilities and Services

This section will give you more about Water, Power, Garbage and Recycling services in the City of Toronto.

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Community Events

The City of Toronto's Special Events office celebrates the richness and diversity of this great city, enriching the quality of life for residents and attracting world-wide tourist audiences.

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Toronto Public Library

The public library is free for anyone who lives, works, goes to school or owns land in the city of Toronto. At the library you can borrow books, movies, CDs and much more for fun, study or self-interest. The library also has many free programs and services for everyone including English as a Second Language programs.

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Canada Post

Need to mail a letter? Canada Post handles our mail. Mail is distributed daily from Monday to Friday, except on official holidays. This includes home delivery, and delivery to post office boxes and community mail boxes.

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Weather Expectations

Toronto, Canada is a northern city that experiences very warm summers and long, cold winters. Here's what you can expect the temperature to be throughout all four seasons.

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Health Care for Newcomers

Whether you have your Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) card or not it is important to take care of your health. There are many free health services are available to you and your family no matter how long you've been in Canada.