Single in the City
As Canada’s largest city, Toronto is a melting pot with many distinctive neighbourhoods. Toronto hugs the shores of Lake Ontario with a skyline of towering skyscrapers, with the iconic needle-like CN Tower landmark standing proudly as one of the world’s tallest freestanding structures.
With a progressive and lively urban life, Torontonians have endless opportunities to experience world-class culture, an eclectic food scene, vibrant nightlife, special events, festivals and attractions. If you’re single in Toronto, and looking for that special someone to experience everything the city has to offer, Divine Intervention provides confidential Toronto matchmaking services for successful professionals.
Toronto’s Dating Demographic
Men have the definite dating edge in Toronto. 2011 Statistics Canada Census reveals that there are 650,250 unmarried men and 705,495 single women in Metro Toronto’s dating pool; translating to 92 available men for every 100 available women between the ages of 20-65.
Toronto’s metro population has cracked the six million mark, and according to Stats Canada (July 2014) there are 6,055,724 people living in the Toronto Census Metropolitan Area. This growth can be attributed to the region’s foreign immigrants. Toronto in addition to being the biggest city is also the most multicultural. 50% of Toronto’s population is foreign born (2006 census) from these countries: England (12.9%), China (12.0%), Ireland (9.7%), Scotland (9.5%), India (7.6%), Italy (6.9%), the Philippines (5.5%), Germany (4.6%), France (4.5%), and Poland (3.8%).
Every province is different when it comes to ethnically and religious mixed couples and Toronto has the second highest percentage (Vancouver has the highest) of mixed union couples at 8.2 per cent.
The main reason for Vancouver and Toronto’s high number of mixed unions is that both cities have the most visible minorities. Non-whites make up more than 45 per cent of residents in each metropolis.
A Torontonian’s Lifestyle
Torontonians have a reputation for being somewhat reserved with a work-centric culture and individual achievement approach to daily life. They embody a less balanced life-work lifestyle compared to other big Canadian cities; it’s often said that locals live to work rather than work to live. Toronto is considered Canada’s centre of commerce and dominates as the country’s head-office hub, with virtually every big bank and insurance agency headquartered in the city.
As a result of being so openly career-focused (60-hour work weeks are not uncommon), singles need to make their personal life a priority if they want dating success. Momentum, effort and face time are critical to maintaining a good relationship.
When Torontonians let their hair down, there is a lot to celebrate and the summer months are hopping. When the warm weather hits (summertime humidity can send the mercury soaring into the high 30s), the city comes alive with a multitude of festivals. Among the most popular are Beaches International Jazz Festival, Toronto Fringe Festival, Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), Gourmet Food & Wine Festival, Caribana (the 3-week Caribbean celebration and largest cultural festival in North America) and the Taste of the Danforth (Canada’s largest street festival).
Toronto has evolved to better serve the frenzy of disposable incomes and insatiable appetites for national sporting events and their great teams (NHL Maple Leafs, MLB Blue Jays, NBA Raptors, CFL Argonauts), dining (Torontonians love tapas, romantic and sociable share-plates), plus topnotch musical acts and culture, so there’s no shortage of dating ideas and locales to spend your hard-earned paycheque.
Toronto Life reports that uptowners are the wealthiest with an average income of $160,056, and downtown remains the financial kingpin—it’s responsible for 51 per cent of the city’s GDP. They also reveal that the highest percentage (58.1) of men live in Moss Park and the highest percentage of women live in Englemount-Lawrence (56.1).
Most families favour the suburbs to put down roots or one of many larger ethnic city neighbourhoods such as Little Italy, Chinatown, Greektown, Koreatown, Portugal Village, Little India and Little Poland. Single men and women like in many cities gravitate to the downtown core, where the condominium market has exploded over the last decade.
Toronto Dating Ideas
- The city is decidedly geared more towards indoor activities. However there are great spots such as Rouge Park (the largest natural environment park in an urban area in North America), the Don Valley Trails (a series of self-guided interpretive walks located throughout the watershed in Toronto and York Region), High Park (161-hectare mixed recreational and natural park) or scenic car-free Toronto Island for you and your date to enjoy a splendid connection with nature.
- Toronto has secured its spot on the culinary map with a restaurant boom to rival cities worldwide. Some of the top spots include: Mill Street Brew Pub in Toronto’s Distillery District; Canoe (celeb hot spot during TIFF), Le Pavillon, a ’50s-style French bistro; opulent Lena at Saks Fifth Avenue; Candlelit Edulis on Niagara Street (considered one of the toughest reservations in town); upscale French cuisine at Scaramouche, and Alo for a no-nonsense approach to fine dining; a nod to special occasions spots include the regal Fairmont Royal York, Byblos, The Chase, and Buca Yorkville for first-rate seafood.
- With a healthy arts and culture scene, Toronto is particularly notable for the Toronto International Film Festival, The Art Gallery of Ontario, The Power Plant, and Royal Ontario Museum. As a major performing arts centre, Toronto has more than 50 ballet and dance companies (including National Ballet of Canada), six opera companies and two symphony orchestras, performing in many distinguished venues including Roy Thompson Hall, The Hummingbird Centre and The Centre for the Performing Arts.
- Visit the St. Lawrence Market or the culturally diverse Kensington Market to shop for the best foods.
- Test your date’s appetite for thrills by walking across the CN Tower’s glass floor at 113 stories above the ground or the EdgeWalk, the world’s highest full-circle, hands-free walk along the Tower’s ledge (both encourage a good excuse for hand-holding); end your evening with a romantic dinner in the revolving 360 The Restaurant.
- Toronto’s Distillery District (pedestrian-only village entirely dedicated to arts, culture, and entertainment).
As your premier Toronto matchmakers, Divine Intervention lays the groundwork for successful long-term relationships for its discerning and highly discreet clientele; we’ll help you find the right relationship. Call us today and we’ll look everywhere and anywhere to find your best match.