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“FAN”TASTIC TORONTO

July 20 – August 1, 2020

Canada’s largest city and the 4th largest in North America, the Toronto region is a destination filled with sports enthusiasts, fans and players. With seven professional sports teams and sports leagues throughout, you’ll find a keen pulse of passion for sport and celebration.

The Toronto region has a population of nearly 6 million and a surrounding area of millions more, offering access to a huge pool of fans, resulting in successful, well-attended sporting events.

One of the most multicultural cities in the world —more than 140 languages and dialects are spoken here —Toronto is inspired and enriched by the passions and traditions of all the world’s cultures. A city of neighbourhoods, Toronto is home to over 100 different ethnic and lifestyle groups. The city sparkles with life; its center remains vibrant while its residential area consists of a patchwork of ethnically-flavoured neighbourhoods—Chinatown, Little Italy, Greektown, Little India, to name a few.

The Toronto region has hosted many sporting events including the 2014 U-20 Women’s World Cup Canada, the 2014 Women’s World Wheelchair Basketball Championships, 2012 Ontario Summer Games and the 100th Anniversary Grey Cup (2012). In 2015, the Toronto region hosted the Pan American and Parapan Games – a great legacy event for sports in our city.

Toronto is a safe destination. Fortune Magazine called Toronto one of the safest cities in the world and the safest major city in North America. With its low crime rate and visitor-friendly attitude, you can comfortably stroll along Toronto streets and travel on public transit at any hour of the day or night.

Toronto is one of the world’s most liveable cities with its clean, sustainable environment, high standard of living and welcoming population. Natural landforms frame the city from the Toronto Islands to the environmentally-protected Greenbelt that forms a quarter of the region surrounding the city. These are linked by the city’s extensive ravine system which is interspersed throughout communities and offers a change of pace just moments from the urban core.

Situated 566 feet above sea level on the northern shore of Lake Ontario (part of the Great Lakes system), Toronto is one of the southernmost cities in Canada. In fact, it has the same latitude as northern California.

  • Home to more than 100 cultures, Toronto truly is the city of imagination
  • With a population of 5.5 million, Toronto is Canada’s largest city
  • Toronto is the 4th-largest city in North America, after Mexico City, New York, and Los Angeles
  • One-quarter of Canada’s population is located within 160 kilometres (100 miles) of the city
  • More than 60% of the population of the United States is within a 90-minute flight

Toronto is an intimate metropolis. It offers world-class dining, shopping, architecture and entertainment. It takes pride in its vibrant sport and cultural scene and its many animated districts. It hosts an array of festivals, events and attractions.

Toronto is the capital of Ontario, and the business center of Canada. Financial services, high technology, and insurance companies top the list of businesses represented there. Toronto is home to more top-ranked international companies than any other Canadian city.

Situated 566 feet above sea level on the northern shore of Lake Ontario (part of the Great Lakes system), Toronto is one of the southernmost cities in Canada. In fact, it has the same latitude as northern California.

  • Home to more than 100 cultures, Toronto truly is the city of imagination
  • With a population of 5.5 million, Toronto is Canada’s largest city
  • Toronto is the 4th-largest city in North America, after Mexico City, New York, and Los Angeles
  • One-quarter of Canada’s population is located within 160 kilometres (100 miles) of the city
  • More than 60% of the population of the United States is within a 90-minute flight

Toronto is an intimate metropolis. It offers world-class dining, shopping, architecture and entertainment. It takes pride in its vibrant sport and cultural scene and its many animated districts. It hosts an array of festivals, events and attractions.

Toronto is the capital of Ontario, and the business center of Canada. Financial services, high technology, and insurance companies top the list of businesses represented there. Toronto is home to more top-ranked international companies than any other Canadian city.

YOUR GO-TO DESTINATION FOR SPORTs 

A centre of sporting excellence, the Toronto region is the perfect place to host your next sport event. We’re one of the world’s most exciting, diverse and vibrant destinations – ideal for celebrating the human potential, spirit and achievement that is synonymous with sport. Toronto offers the perfect mix of sports and tourism infrastructure to ensure your event success. We have endless opportunities and ideas to host and stage your events and inspire your players and fans both on and off the field.

One of the top eight global cities in the world according to the 2013 Anholt-GfK City Brands Index, Toronto has all the tools and resources you need: from top-notch services and venues to volunteers and a wide range of spectators. The Toronto region also has an investment-ready business sector adept at providing quality products at competitive prices. The Toronto market is well poised for sponsorship opportunities, private sector partnerships and revenue generation.

After the game, Toronto will thrill your participants with unforgettable experiences –- dining, hotels, shopping, entertainment, theatre, attractions, festivals and our famous “Signature Service”. The Toronto region is famous for its many iconic attractions and offers a range and depth of experiences that make it a favourite destination that your participants will want to visit over and over again. Inspire your athletes with a world of possibilities. Inspire them with an event in the Toronto region.

Money and Weather

Toronto offers visitors world-class products without world-class price. Be sure to pack an extra bag for the loot you’ll want to bring back home. Toronto’s currency is the Canadian dollar. For denominations under five dollars we use coins – some we’ve even given cute names: the loonie ($1), and toonie ($2).

U.S. dollars are accepted in most Toronto establishments; although you’ll receive change in Canadian funds and exchange rates will differ from merchant to merchant you’ll find cash machines/ATMs in most banks, hotels and shopping centres. Traveler’s cheques and credit cards are accepted at most (but not all) major retailers. Currency exchange is available at banks and kiosks throughout the city and at the airport.

TIPPING

If you’re happy with the service you receive, a 15-20% tip on the pre-tax bill is a standard expression of appreciation when dining out in the city. Note that some restaurants automatically add this gratuity when serving large groups, so be sure to check your bill. Tips are also expected for services such as haircuts, shoe shines and taxi rides. 15-20% is standard in these situations as well.

WEATHER

Toronto enjoys a more moderate climate than most other areas in Canada any time of the year due to its southern location, which is tempered by the effects of Lake Ontario. Summers are also longer in the south but more humid as well. Mean daily temperatures reach close to 20ºC from mid-June to mid-September, with week-long heat waves in the 30s not an uncommon occurrence. The average temperature for Toronto in July averages between 18 and 27 degrees Celsius.

Things to do

  • Most Ontario cities and towns have carefully preserved historic buildings. You can see accurately rebuilt forts and pioneer villages around the province, including Upper Canada Village in Morrisburg and Fort Wellington in Prescott.
  • Travelers can enjoy the many experiences Ontario has to offer, from a wilderness expedition in the north, to a “shop till you drop into your theatre seat” city excursion.
  • Some towns, like Niagara-on-the-Lake and Elora (both 1 ½ hour drive outside Toronto), make a special effort to preserve the flavour of the past. Ottawa’s distinctive parliament building and Toronto’s impressive legislative building remind us of our history (4 ½ hour drive or 1 hour flight from Toronto).
  • Touring Ontario is easy by highway, boat or rail. You can visit attractions throughout the province, from country fairs and museums to zoos, floral gardens, theme parks and special events. Don’t forget to visit Niagara Falls, one of the world’s natural wonders.
  • Ontario’s beautiful natural settings are home to all kinds of activities. Summertime brings swimming, boating, baseball, hiking, camping, fishing and tennis.
  • Other sights include the Ontario Science Centre, Science North, Ontario Place, the Niagara Parks Commission, the St. Lawrence Parks Commission and many provincial parks.

Things to do

  • Most Ontario cities and towns have carefully preserved historic buildings. You can see accurately rebuilt forts and pioneer villages around the province, including Upper Canada Village in Morrisburg and Fort Wellington in Prescott.
  • Travelers can enjoy the many experiences Ontario has to offer, from a wilderness expedition in the north, to a “shop till you drop into your theatre seat” city excursion.
  • Some towns, like Niagara-on-the-Lake and Elora (both 1 ½ hour drive outside Toronto), make a special effort to preserve the flavour of the past. Ottawa’s distinctive parliament building and Toronto’s impressive legislative building remind us of our history (4 ½ hour drive or 1 hour flight from Toronto).
  • Touring Ontario is easy by highway, boat or rail. You can visit attractions throughout the province, from country fairs and museums to zoos, floral gardens, theme parks and special events. Don’t forget to visit Niagara Falls, one of the world’s natural wonders.
  • Ontario’s beautiful natural settings are home to all kinds of activities. Summertime brings swimming, boating, baseball, hiking, camping, fishing and tennis.
  • Other sights include the Ontario Science Centre, Science North, Ontario Place, the Niagara Parks Commission, the St. Lawrence Parks Commission and many provincial parks.

Making toronto work

Corporate Leadership and the Economy

Ideally situated and well-connected as a global hub of business and commerce, Toronto is the core city of one of the fastest growing economic regions in North America. Toronto embraces ideas and people from across the globe. With its highly-educated labour force, the city leverages diversity and creativity to hone its competitive edge.

Canada’s business and financial leader, Toronto’s excels at balancing stability with innovation, embracing creativity and leveraging capital. It is not surprising that Toronto is consistently ranked at the top of international indexes for competitiveness, innovation and liveability. Few cities in the world can boast a similar combination of assets. One of the few places in North America that is attracting migration, Toronto has a flourishing property market, stable investment climate and steady inflow of capital. The number of building cranes in the sky is evidence of the city’s booming prosperity.

Vibrant economic clusters specializing in financial and business services, life sciences, and information and communications technology (ICT) lead Toronto’s booming multi-sectorial economy, along with Creative Industries, Cleantech and Green Energy, Business and Professional Services, Manufacturing and Materials, Food and Beverage, Film and Television. Toronto is proud to incubate, nurture and monetize new cutting-edge business ventures. With multiple robust employment sectors, the city is relatively resilient to economic downturns.

The corporate community of Toronto is very engaged with many cultural and sport activities and supports events and teams at all levels. Rising quickly in global prominence, Toronto consistently ranks among the top world-leading centres—4th in the 2013 PwC Cities of Opportunities Study; 9th of 54 global financial centres in the 2013 Banker magazine; 14th of 83 cities in the Global Financial Centres Index; and The World Economic Forum has ranked Canada’s banking system as the most sound in the world, seven years in a row.

The 2nd largest financial services sector in North America (after New York), Toronto boasts one of the highest concentrations of financial services company headquarters in the world:

  • Five of the nation’s largest banks and the majority of foreign bank’s subsidiaries/branches in Canada.
  • Collectively Canadian banks manage about $3.6 trillion of the nation’s assets(OSFI March 2012) and the top five control about 80 per cent.
  • Four of the country’s largest public pension plans with combined assets exceeding $350 billion.
  • The 3rd largest equity exchange in North America and 8th largest in the world,based on market capitalization. (World Federation of Exchanges, 2012)