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Quality of Life in Toronto, Canada

Purchasing Power Index 95.32   High
Safety Index 64.80   High
Health Care Index 74.15   High
Climate Index 65.35   High
Cost of Living Index 74.02   Moderate
Property Price to Income Ratio 12.58   High
Traffic Commute Time Index 43.12   Moderate
Pollution Index 36.85   Low
ƒ Quality of Life Index: 155.86   Very High

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Last update: August 2018

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11 Comments so far

#Under Pressure on Jul 23, 2018 :
Toronto can only be afforded/enjoyed by those who don't have to pay rent, whatever way they achieved that (through inheritance, buying a place a decade or more ago, being a refugee from a government-photo-op-approved place, gold-digging, etc). If you don't fall into those categories, avoid like you would avoid a wasp nest that just fell from a tree, or the longer you stay, the more stung you'll get.

It's good that it's finally on the news:

https://www.thestar.com/news/toronto-election/2018/07/21/affordability-is-biggest-issue-facing-toronto-poll-says.html

It's a dire situation and the politicians, often colluding with the greedy who continue to inflate prices, are sitting on their hands watching their "value" grow.

For the rest, the only legal hope is the lottery.
#Honest Torontonian on Jul 05, 2018 :
Toronto has lack of planning for infrastructure or services for the people who come. Those who are established and do not have to pay exorbitant rents and/or extract them from others and spend them in their hobbies, are the ones who have a high quality of life.

For newcomers to Toronto, who are not coming with a couple million dollars in cash and a 6 figure job offer from a bank, be aware of the following articles from reputable sources:

- Foreign credentials are rarely recognized, or not at all.
http://www.rcinet.ca/en/2016/01/29/not-recognizing-credentials-costs-billions-report/
I have met doctors who found jobs transporting patients or in call centers. They get tired, they leave, and they are replaced by other newcomers.

- Even local university graduates have issues finding jobs
https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/millennial-jobs-education-1.4009295
More often they have to compete with people who come from outside and will take lower salaries for the same positions.

- Renting a place is severely not affordable, it will eat half of your salary or more
http://dailyhive.com/toronto/toronto-rent-january-2018

There is an opioid crisis (http://torontosun.com/news/provincial/opioid-crisis-kills-addicts-ruins-career-of-a-compassionate-windsor-doctor)

Housing crisis (https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/toronto-average-asking-monthly-rent-september-2017-canada-mortgage-housing-1.4529133)

Traffic congestion crisis (https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2017/01/11/toronto-dominates-list-of-worst-traffic-jams-across-canada.html)

Emergency room waits of 8 hours or more/ health care capacity crisis (https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/now-more-than-ever-we-need-to-solve-ontarios-health-care-crisis-of-capacity/article37490512/).

If you have kids, a child care crisis:
https://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2017/03/08/solving-ontarios-child-care-crisis.html

And recently, a gun crisis
http://torontosun.com/news/local-news/levy-mayor-and-council-helped-create-the-gun-crisis
#Katherine on May 09, 2016 :
@Marlyn Manson

Very nice copy/pasting an article.
http://www.rooshv.com/15-reasons-why-toronto-is-the-worst-city-in-north-america-for-men

I'm guessing you suffer from sever rejection syndrome..no wonder.
#LoserGuys on Mar 10, 2016 :
To the guys wasting your time dating in Toronto just stop.

There are 20K working girls in this city and you can bang a 9/10 hottie for couple hundo.

Quality of life in Toronto is VERY GOOD if you get with the program.
#Alicia on Feb 29, 2016 :
@LEAVE CANADA NOW

Do you call a city not good for living just because women don't pay attention to you? OMG! LOL
#Jane on Feb 29, 2016 :
@LEAVE CANADA NOW

It seems you are having hard time dating a woman. Ok, well, it's not everything in life. Most people have their own families, are married or have a partner, so why should they make eye contact or smile at a stranger?
I believe people at Toronto are very respectful and rspect eachother's privacy.

Good Luck!
#LEAVE CANADA NOW on Nov 10, 2015 :
@ahsan

Believe me, you will have a much better life in Europe or Dubai or even staying in Kuwait. Maybe you are a hard working mid-eastern man like me, but even if you have everything in the world, Toronto women will destroy it and you will end up living in a shit neighborhood like me. Taxes are high and you can find much higher salaries out west or in Dubai or Luxembourg or even France. Don't believe the index.
#LEAVE CANADA NOW on Nov 10, 2015 :
Toronto quality of life is much less than that. Well, at least if they had a women index in their formula. Don't come here. I can tell anyone reading that all the comments about Toronto women are true. Don't come here.
#Ron on Nov 03, 2015 :
In reply to Marlyn Manson: For someone that complains about 'baby-like' behaviour, you're definitely an adult-infant. Grow up, realize that the world and everyone in it owes you nothing, and work on your personality. You'll be happier that way.

Or just do everyone a favour and leave Canada.

Either way works.
#ahsan on Nov 08, 2014 :
Hi
I just need some updat about life in Canada actually we are planning to shift Canada,it's big decision for us because I amy leaving in Kuwait from past 20 years your kind suggestion will be appreciated.

Thanks Ahsan
#Amadi on Nov 04, 2014 :
Hello Mr Phillip, i am responding to your comment about Toronto dated july 12,2013.
I live in Toronto for 32 years, toronto is not like any other city in the world, WE ARE THE BEST.
Toronto has people from every part of the WORLD, people from all background, colour, shapes, life style and culture, so Mr phillip, for us to get along very well with each other, WE HAVE TO RESPECT EACH OTHER PRIVACY,
we don't bother each other, we don't want to know your private life and we certainly don't want to know about your past, present and future. More over we are very apologetic too, hence you consider Toronto to be a boring place.