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Living in Toronto

Study in the heart of the city just a few steps from the bustling Toronto retail scene on Yonge Street at Dundas Square.

Located beside the Toronto Eaton Centre, you’ll be learning about and applying theories in the classroom before walking outside to witness real world responses to changing trends, seasonality, and new entrants (like Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue & Uniqlo) to the Canadian retail market.

Toronto Intersection

Toronto is closer than you think

The province of Ontario operates a system called GO Transit that interconnects the suburban areas with the City. If using GO Transit, it takes as little as one hour to get to Toronto from Oshawa, Georgetown, or Hamilton. In addition, the Toronto transit Commission (TTC) operates a reliable network of busses, streetcars and subway system.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city

The Greater Toronto Area’s (GTA) population of six million is expected to reach 7.7 million by 2025. More than one-quarter of Canadians live in the densely populated area of Southern Ontario called Golden Horseshoe.

Toronto is where the opportunities lie

According to Forbes, Toronto is among top ten the “World’s Most Economically Powerful Cities”; its unemployment rate is as low as 8.2 per cent. In 2012, Toronto had the largest number of head offices in Canada with 726, and 73,380 head office employees.

Toronto and Ryerson foster diversity

Close to half of Toronto’s population are immigrants. The City prides to be home to wide range of cultures, cuisines, languages, sports and arts. Not surprisingly, about half of Ryersonians are members of a visible minority. In 2013-14, 54 percent of undergraduate students were female and 46 percent were male. In comparison, two-thirds of Retail Management students were female and one-third male.

According to the 2008 Comprehensive Student Survey, conducted among undergraduate students across all years of study, over 90 percent of respondents are satisfied with their decision to attend Ryerson.

Toronto is the corporate capital of Canada

The GTA is home to many corporate headquarters and the country’s principle stock exchange. Out of 234 Canadian-based companies listed on the S&P/TSX Composite Index, 82 have headquarters located in Ontario.

Toronto is not as hot or as cold as you think

Toronto’s latitude is similar to Florence, Italy and Bordeaux, France; with somewhat hotter summers and colder winters, though. Toronto’s average temperature is 26 degrees Celsius in summer and -7 degrees Celsius in winter.

Toronto is a safe place with a high quality of life

Toronto is included in the “World’s Best Places to Live” top ten list. Its crime rates are among the lowest in Canada, comparable to those of Calgary’s and Ottawa’s. It is home to many festivals, art exhibitions, six opera companies, two symphony orchestras, amusement parks and more than fifty dance ensembles. Toronto has six major sport teams in Hockey, Basketball, Football, Soccer and Lacrosse and regularly hosts major sport events and leagues.

Go Train Travel Times:

  • Oshawa to Toronto 58 min
  • Hamilton to Toronto 73 min
  • Kitchener to Toronto 126 min