Welcome to the Moving to Toronto home page. If you’ve decided to move to Toronto or are a recent arrival, you’ve made an excellent choice.
This is a diverse, thriving city with incredible opportunities for professional and personal development, so there are very few people who ever regret moving to Toronto. It’s no wonder the city is ranked among the most liveable in the world.
The Greater Toronto Area (GTA) is home to more than 6 million people, making it the largest metropolitan area in Canada. The GTA stretches east and west of the City of Toronto along the shores of Lake Ontario, with more communities further north.
Our aim is to provide objective information to assist people who have recently begun living in Toronto or plan on moving to Toronto in the near future. We want to help you get excited for your big move to Toronto.
For those already living in Toronto, our useful information will help you get more settled quickly. This content has been kindly shared by those who have taken these steps before you, so feel free to share your experience on moving to Toronto with us as you go through the process.
Anyone seeking to move to Toronto can be reassured with the wealth of information we have on Canada’s largest city. You can see our full range of articles here, or go directly to these helpful articles:
- What’s it like living in Toronto?
- Where to live in Toronto: neighbourhoods guide
- Options for carsharing in Toronto
- Things to do in Toronto
- Buying groceries in Toronto
- Haven’t quite made up your mind on where to live? Hear what our experts have to say about Montreal vs. Toronto vs. Vancouver.
How to immigrate to Toronto
There are various immigration options available for those who wish to move to Toronto.
For temporary moves, there are work permits that will allow new residents to live and work in Toronto for a limited period of time. Young citizens from over 30 participating International Experience Canada countries can avail of a Working Holiday Visa in Canada. Other popular work permit options include getting an intra-company transfer or moving to Toronto as an international student before getting a post-graduation work permit to stay in Canada. Where local staff cannot be found to fill a vacancy, a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) may be obtained and a work permit issued.
See our full guide to Canadian work permits for more information.
There are also provincial immigration options, which are hosted as part of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP). It allows a broad range of workers, graduates, and entrepreneurs to immigrate to Toronto permanently.
Finally, if you are fortunate enough to have a spouse or common-law partner who is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, your move to Toronto may be facilitated through spousal/common-law sponsorship.