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Overview of North York, Ontario, Canada

The Canadian city of North York is located in the northern area of Toronto, Ontario, and has a population of roughly 650,000. North York received its city charter on St. Valentine's Day, and as a result the city's slogan is “The City with Heart”. In 1998, the city of North York was officially amalgamated into the larger Metropolitan Toronto along with six other smaller municipalities. North York is home to many renowned shopping centres, the Ontario Science Centre, the Black Creek Pioneer Village, the Toronto Centre for the Arts, a highly multicultural population and exceptionally low unemployment rates, making the city one of the most ideal to visit or call home in Canada!

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  • Population: 650,000
  • Population Density: 3,939.4/km²
  • Latitude: 43°43`N
  • Longitude: 79°20`N
  • Weather: See forecast
  • Elevation: 76 m. above sea level
  • Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time
  • Language: English
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History of North York, Ontario

The region of modern North York was originally the Township of North York, then the Borough of New York following increased urbanization, and finally the modern City of North York. As a township, North York was recognized as a grouping of scattered villages comprising a regional agricultural hub. Following World War Two, the area's economy boomed and extensive housing projects began, especially in the community of Don Mills.

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North York's Demographics

The city of North York, Ontario, is highly multicultural. In fact, it is expected that visible minorities will soon make up over half of the city's population. According to the 2001 census, 53.2% of North York's residents are Caucasian, 11.4% Chinese, 9.0% South Asian, 8.7% Black, 3.4% Filipino, 3.2% Latin American and 11.1% other.

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North York's Climate

North York, Ontario, has a highly variable climate, especially during the winter season. The average January maximum temperature is -2 °C (28 °F), and there are typically three cold snaps every winter. The average July maximum temperature is 35°C (95°F), although it often feels hotter due to high humidity levels. The average annual snowfall is about 115 centimeters and the typical yearly precipation is roughly 760 millimeters.

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Education in North York, Ontario

Ontario's North York boasts numerous academically successful elementary and Secondary education institutions. The city's schools were formerly run by the North York Board of Education, but have been run by the Toronto District School Board since the city's amalgamation in 1998. Post-secondary education institutions in North York include York University and the Osgoode Hall Law School.

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Transportation around North York, Ontario

The city of North York, Ontario, boasts numerous bus, subway, train and streetcar stations and stops, as well as many taxi services. North York is also home to a section of Highway 401 – the busiest freeway in North America with an average of more than 400,000 vehicles per day.

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Tourism and Attractions of North York

North York, Ontario is home to many tourist attractions, including the Yorkdale Shopping Centre, Fairview Mall, the Don Mills Centre, Sheppard Plaza, the Toronto Centre for the Arts, the Black Creek Pioneer Village – an authentic 19th century heritage village, and the Ontario Science Centre, which boasts over 800 scientific exhibits.

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Surrounding Communities

  • North York
  • Willowdale
  • Thornhill
  • Rexdale
  • Downsview

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Geography of North York, Ontario

The city of North York is located in southern Ontario, Canada, and makes up the northern extent of the Carolinian Forest Zone. Extensive suburban development in the region, however, has made this natural landscape less evident.

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North York's Government

As part of Greater Toronto, the city of North York, Ontario, is governed by the Toronto City Council, currently led by Mayor David Miller.

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North York's Economy and Industry

North York, Ontario, has a booming economy and a relatively low unemployment rate. Many significant global corporations have office towers on Yonge Street in the city's centre, such as the Canadian head offices of Xerox, Nestle and Procter & Gamble. In addition, the Canadian head office for McDonald's is in North York, although not on Yonge Street.

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North York's Culture and Significant Events

The culture of North York, Ontario, is one of diversity. Almost half of the city's population represent visible minorities, many of whom have immigrated to the city recently. In addition, North York's Bathurst Street is an extremely important Jewish community due to its significantly high number of resident Holocaust survivors.

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Sports in North York, Ontario

The city of North York, Ontario, has many popular local sports clubs, including the North York Aquatic Club and the Gwendolen Tennis Club. North York is not home to any professional sports teams, so the city's residents generally cheer for Greater Toronto's teams, especially the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League.

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Media of North York

Ontario's North York is home to a successful newspaper publication entitled ‘The North York Mirror'. ‘The Mirror', as it is popularly referred to, provides the city's residents with local news, culture and events.

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