Why Toronto?

Fast Facts About Toronto

  • With a population of 5.5 million, Toronto is Canada's largest city
  • Toronto is the fourth-largest city in North America, after Mexico City, New York, and Los Angeles
  • More than 60% of the population of the United States is within a 90-minute flight
  • As the capital of Ontario, Toronto is the seat of government for Canada’s most populous province and is the industrial and business centre for the country
  • The most popular choice for U.S. sponsored association meetings outside the U.S.
  • Top Canadian domestic business travel destination
  • More than 38,000 hotel rooms in over 230 hotels
  • The largest convention centre in Canada ranking among the top ten largest continuous-space facilities in North America

A City of Seasons

Situated on the northern shore of Lake Ontario, Toronto is one of the southernmost cities in Canada. In fact, its latitude is very close to that of northern California. As a result, Toronto has a surprisingly moderate climate – with the warmest springs and summers in Canada.

Languages Spoken

There are two official languages in Canada – English and French. In addition to these official languages, the top 5 languages spoken in Toronto are Chinese, Italian, Tamil, Portuguese and Spanish.

2013 - 2015 Holidays

Banks, liquor stores and government offices observe these holidays, as do most stores and business offices:









New Year’s Day



Jan 1


Jan 1


Jan 1

Good Friday



Mar 29


Apr 18


Apr 3

Easter Sunday



Mar 31


Apr 20


Apr 5

Easter Monday



Apr 1


Apr 21


Apr 6

Victoria Day



May 20


May 19


May 18

Canada Day



July 1


July 1


July 1

Civic Holiday*



Aug 5


Aug 4


Aug 3

Labour Day



Sep 2


Sep 1


Sep 7

Thanksgiving Day



Oct 14


Oct 13


Oct 12

Remembrance Day*



Nov 11


Nov 11


Nov 11

Christmas Day



Dec 25


Dec 25


Dec 25

* Stores remain open on these dates.

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