Recently, I was browsing the web and came across a listing of the recent accolades the City of Toronto has received. I have long been aware of Toronto’s desirability, and I knew that the city has achieved high rankings from many sources in the past. But I did not realize that Toronto has already received eight distinctions over the past few months! These special acknowledgements represent the multitude of reasons why so many condominium purchasers choose Toronto as their home.

Our sustainability and green practices have received national and international attention.

  • Toronto was named Canada’s most sustainable large city in the 2011 Corporate Knights Sustainable Cities survey, with the categories ecological integrity, economic security, infrastructure and built environment, governance and empowerment, and social wellbeing.
  • Toronto was ranked 9th overall in the USA and Canada Green City Index, with the categories CO2, energy, land use, buildings, transport, water, waste, air and environmental governance.
  • Toronto was named the second-greenest city in leading the fight against climate change on the World Wildlife Fund Canada’s Earth Hour List, compiled in partnership with Corporate Knights.

Our reputation as a fabulous place to do business is also recognized around the world.

  • According to the March 2011 Global Financial Centres Index, Toronto rose from 12th place to 10th place with Sydney, Australia as one of the top 10 global leaders of financial centres.

And when it comes to quality of life, Toronto is a global star.

  • For 2010, Toronto ranked #12 among the top cities to live, work and play for the innovation economy in the Innovation Cities™ Top 100 Index published by 2thinknow. This ranking is based on cultural assets, human infrastructure and networked markets.
  • This year, Toronto ranked second overall in the fourth annual Cities of Opportunity report from Price Waterhouse Coopers and the Partnership for New York City. This report looks at the emerging picture of urban life in 26 world capitals of finance, commerce and culture. Categories included finance and intellection capital and innovation, health, safety and security.
  • A division of the Financial Times, fDilntelligence published its first American Cities of the Future 2011/12 report and ranked Toronto in the top 10! In fact, Toronto earned seven top-10 rankings including city of the future(#4), economic potential (#3), infrastructure (#5) and quality of life.
  • Rounding it all out, Toronto has once again placed fourth in the Economist Intelligence Unit’s ranking from the world’s liveability survey. This annual survey looks at 140 cities across the world to assess stability, health care, culture and environment, education and infrastructure.

Isn’t it exciting to know that we live in one of the world’s premier locations? No wonder so many new residents flock to Toronto every year. Owning a condominium suite in the midst of it all is one of the best decisions you’ll ever make!