An Experience that is Multicultural
A report from the federal statistical site, Statistics Canada states that as of 2006, almost 38% of Canadians were living in Ontario Province. And, during this time the population of the province was showing a significant growth rate as compared to the national average. This was a clear indication of the economic health and the job opportunities in the province that drew people to it. The number of First Nations residents who call Ontario as their home is 242,000. The year 1998 saw the organization of Greater Toronto Metropolitan Area (GTA) that was formed by the collection of 5 minor suburbs: East York, North York, York, Scarborough and Etobicoke. And, this resulted in giving Toronto the title of the largest North American city, and it turned into a big tourist centre. In 2009 it came out that as much as 50% of the residents in Toronto were immigrants, and this spoke of the cities huge appeal for businesses, families and individuals. It is reported that the influx of international population began in huge numbers into Toronto after the end of the Second World War. Toronto today boasts an atmosphere that has a cosmopolitan air to it. More than 100 languages are spoken here, with a large number of ethnic neighborhoods and a huge Chinatown being its centre of attraction.
The city has a vivid history in its mayor, Mr. Mel Lastman, who used to work as a salesman for appliances. The mayor reminds everyone of Al Peck, who played the role of Eugene Levy on Second City TV and is credited with giving birth to the term, “Every car has a story.” It is all a fun, with the character of Eugene Levy also being a Canadian, who hails from Hamilton in Ontario. Lastman, the former Mayor has been honored with a 20,000 sq. ft. Mel Lastman Square that boasts a wide range of attractions and open space.
The tourist board of Toronto states the motto of the city to be “Toronto – You Belong Here.” In 2003, Mayor David Miller gave a push to economic progress by making Toronto an appealing metro centre for businesses by enhancing infrastructure and services, and by promoting minorities from different background. Additionally, he also has had a strong bearing on the activities of gangs in a positive manner with the Racial Diversity Secretariat that was a first for the city after he was elected. As compared to the salesmanship of Lastman, he has had been more progressive socially.
First Nations and Immigration
The people of the First Nations are believed to have migrated from the Pacific Northwest and reached the area around present-day Toronto in the period between 9,000 and 10,000 BC. It was the French explorers who came and found New France, and it was the British who created Upper Canada or the present-day Ontario. And, in the period between 2009 and 2010 also 38% of the population of Canada was settled in this province. The American Revolution saw the British Loyalists settle in Ontario, buying land under the 1787 Toronto Land Purchase act from the Mississauga Nation. Toronto came to be the capital of the Province of Ontario, and the land parcels and streets of the place had so much mud that it came to be called “Muddy York.”
The existence of the renowned Yonge Street, which holds the record for the longest road on the planet, cannot be traced back to any date in history, as it seems to have been always there. A stagecoach line on this route started its operation in 1828. It was a decade or so ago this that the First Nations British troops were dispatched to First Native reserves, and they were controlled closely by the provincial and federal governments. Presently, all the Mohawk Nation bands are identified under the Official First Nation in Canada. They are politically completely active, as compared to the counterpart in the US that is identified only in a single band that went to the New York State. The late 1800s witnessed the Yonge street coming up with new, yet small businesses and department stores, and the 1900s saw the businesses flourish until they were hit with the recession of the 1990s.
2031 Plan for the City of Toronto
The government has come up with a detailed document for the sustained development of both Toronto City as well as the GTA, and this document has been titled “Projecting Population and Employment to 2031 in a Mature Urban Area.” The sectors that are earmarked for growth in terms of employment are Health and Education, Food Services and Accommodations, Business Services, and Government. And the job listings have shown tremendous growth for Business Services sector in the period February to June 2009.