Fresco Global Headquarters and Design Centre – Toronto, Canada
The people are what define a city. There is an energy and enthusiasm in the people of this city. The mix of English, French and international languages are on display in many neighbourhoods across Toronto's borders. The traditional festivals, colours and foods of each culture are celebrated throughout the year in ethnic neighbourhoods and have brought a distinct flavor and worldliness to the culture of this city. Toronto is hailed by the United Nations as one of the most multicultural cities in the world.
Economy & Standard of Living
Toronto is a world-class multicultural centre consistently ranking as one of the top livable cities in international rankings
. Toronto is the economic centre of Canada, with an excess of 1.25 million jobs and is home to the third largest Stock Exchange in North America. It also has one of the highest concentrations of software and technology companies in the world and headquarters more than 40% of the Fortune 500 companies in the country. Toronto is home to the Discovery District – the city’s centre of innovation and the MaRS Centre
which is connecting and fostering collaboration between the country’s leading science, business, and capital communities. Toronto is an affordable world-class city compared to other major cities with an excellent standard of living.
Education and Healthcare
Public education and public healthcare are cornerstones of the Canadian identity. There are hundreds of public schools across the Greater Toronto Area many with a unique flavor towards education: Gifted programs, Technology studies, French Immersion, Arts & Theatre, IB schools, etc. These programs are available to residents of the city with many of the specialty programs requiring appropriate testing for enrolment. For those that are interested in private schools, or alternative schools, Toronto has a large number of private schools available: UTS
, Bayview Glen
, and Upper Canada College
are a few examples.
At a post-secondary level, Toronto is home to three universities: The University of Toronto
, York University
and Ryerson University; it is also home to four colleges: Seneca College, Humber College, Centennial College and the Ontario College of Arts and Design. Within a 150km radius of the city there are an additional four to five universities and many more colleges, including McMaster University and The University of Waterloo. This high concentration of post-secondary facilities makes Toronto unique with many excellent options for career development and professional studies.
Canada also offers a state-sponsored health care system. Terms of eligibility vary, but in general those that relocate with a corporate sponsor won't have problems with achieving the appropriate status. Statistics Canada also notes that the Greater Toronto Area boasts one of North America's largest medical communities with more than 50 hospitals, 8,000 physicians and more than 50,000 health care professionals
Arts & Culture
Toronto is a vibrant creative city, the meeting place of the world’s cultures. Next to New York and London, Toronto is third in the number of its stage and musical productions
. It also hosts the annual internationally renowned Toronto International Film Festival
, an excellent summer Jazz festival, the National Exhibition among many other summer and winter festivals.
Toronto has a brand new Opera House
that is home to the Canadian Opera Company and the National Ballet. The newly renovated Royal Ontario Museum
opened with new exhibition space in 2007. The Art Gallery of Ontario
contains many pieces by International Masters, and showcases Canadian art.
There is always something going on in other venues big or small, whether it is an intimate concert with The Arcade Fire at Massey Hall
or having Coldplay open at the Air Canada Centre
Toronto is a safe, clean city. The city has 18% of its land dedicated to open natural spaces and parkland; approximately 8000 hectares of green space. It is situated on the north shore of Lake Ontario with beaches, and is close to many ski hills, provincial parks
, hiking trails and sparkling freshwater lakes all within an hour’s drive from the city. Toronto also subsidizes many community centres
, offering indoor swimming pools, skating rinks, tennis courts, basketball courts, etc. and has extensive recreational bike trails.
Toronto is a very progressive city in its attitude towards improving the well being of its urban environment and is the first city in North America to adopt a city-wide green roof policy
. You can sample some of Toronto’s green parks on this web tour