Quality of Life in Toronto, Canada

Purchasing Power Index 85.31   Moderate
Safety Index 60.23   High
Health Care Index 75.87   High
Climate Index 65.35   High
Cost of Living Index 74.73   Moderate
Property Price to Income Ratio 12.41   High
Traffic Commute Time Index 44.98   Moderate
Pollution Index 37.77   Low
ƒ Quality of Life Index: 148.82   High

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Last update: January 2021

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4 Comments so far
Anonymous on Jan 04, 2020:
The Safety Index should be updated. Gun crimes, gangs, hate crimes and knife crimes are on the increase for a city of 3 million people:
https://www.blogto.com/city/2020/01/man-stabbed-face-outside-toronto-eaton-centre/

This place is also becoming unsafe for certain groups of people because of the Polish nationalist bringing his racist and antisemitic upbringing from Poland into Canada, while accusing African-Americans of being "outsiders" who "don't integrate" into his white nationalist utopian vision of Canada.

There are also racist middle-aged white men who accost Muslim women on the street, the infamous Yamayama man in North York being one. How he isn't arrested for criminal harassment or beaten to death by taunting the wrong guy baffles me...
Anonymoose on Jun 18, 2019:
Depends on your income:
200,000 and higher: good life, specially if you extort rents from newcomers who will never be able to settle and are replaced as disposable paper cups.

100,000-199,000: Worried all the time, and being pushed by your directors to fire people who do not conform, or who get sick, or who get pregnant.

45,000-99,999: awful existence, you are either a mortgage slave, or you are a renter at the mercy of one of the groups above, who have no compassion and will put you, your kids, your pets on the streets whenever they feel like reno-viction time.

0-45,000: If you are not lucky with the subsidized rent lottery, where the chances are one in a million or 10 year long waitlist, you are here temporarily, get four jobs, and count your days.
Graham Jens on Jan 04, 2019:
If you are not rich, well connected, and entitled, your life will be spent working to survive two or more jobs. The rest of the time you might spend it in an awful 2-4 hour commute, in the worst traffic of North America, even though this city does not have the largest population, you move faster in LA.
Awful city, save yourself all the horror stories.
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