The Greater Toronto Area
Home to more than six million people, the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) is a bustling, growing urban conglomerate covering over seven thousand square kilometers on the north shore of Lake Ontario.
It is a cultural and economic hub with ample opportunities for business and fun!
The GTA is a great place to do work in the field of medical and scientific visual communication. It is home to many teaching hospitals, biomedical media studios, pharmaceutical companies, universities and colleges, medical and scientific device manufacturers and business incubators; here are a few:
- MaRS is where science, technology and social entrepreneurs get the help they need. With facilities nestled btween the University Avenue corridor of teaching hospitals and the U of T downtown campus, MaRS is an organization dedicated to fostering local entrepreneurship in many disciplines including information technology, communications and entertainment.
- University Avenue Corridor of Teaching Hospitals. This includes Toronto General Hospital, Mount Sinai Hospital, Princess Margaret Hospital and The Hospital for Sick Children (Sickkids). These hospitals are adjacent to the University of Toronto downtown campus.
- Mississauga teaching hospitals. These include Credit Valley Hospital and Trillium Health Centre. These hospitals are near to the University of Toronto at Mississauga campus.
- Sunnybrook Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital and St. Michael’s Hospital
- Creating accurate, engaging visuals for entertainment, healthcare, education, and research AXS Studio is an award winning company specializing in animation, illustration and interactive media.
- Award winning interactive media company inVivo Communications creates content for many of today’s foremost biotechnology, global pharmaceutical and medical device organizations, and their affiliated advertising and PR agencies.
- Specializing in medical and scientific visuals for the courtroom, award winning Artery Studios is Canada’s largest medical-legal visualization firm.
- GlaxoSmithKline is a research-based pharmaceutical company devoted to discovering and developing new and innovative medicines, vaccines and health care products for Canadians and people around the world. They have two offices in the GTA including their Canadian Headquarters
- Pfizer is an international research-based pharmaceutical company developing drugs and other health care solutions to help people and animals. The GTA is home to their Consumer Healthcare and Logistics Centre.
Arts, Culture & Entertainment
The GTA is home to world class cultural institutions; here are a few:
- Showcasing a huge permanent collection of masterpieces (80000) spanning from 100 A.D. to the present, the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is a wonderful place to take in a Group of Seven painting or a Henry Moore sculpture.
- Explore natural history and world cultures at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM).
- See leading contemporary art from Canada and the world at the Power Plant.
- Choose from a tonne of great live music venues including The Horseshoe Tavern and Lee’s Palace
- Listen to a little Mozart. Since 1922, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra has been performing new music and classics while the Canadian Opera Company performs Verdi and others at the stunning Four Seasons Centre.
- Catch a musical, play or concert in one of the many beautiful theatres in the Theatre District including venues as Massey Hall, Roy Thomson Hall, The Royal Alexandra Theatre and Soulpepper to name but a few.
- Love film? The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is both a massive film festival and the organization that manages a beautiful new venue to see great film all year round.
Home to many professional sports teams, the GTA offers plenty of opportunities for sports fans to cheer; here are a few:
- Watch a ball game under the sun or enjoy the dome when it rains at the Roger’s Centre where Major League Baseball’s Blue Jays play.
- Love the hardwood? Catch some dunks and a few three-pointers as the National Basketball Association’s Raptors run the floor at the Air Canada Centre (ACC).
- Join the Leaf Nation in cheering on the National Hockey League’s Maple Leafs.
- Prefer Pele? We’ve got professional soccer too. Enjoy a beautiful cross down at the water front stadium where Major League Soccer’s Toronto FC play.
Want to escape the big city in the city? The GTA is criss-crossed by parks, ravines and beautiful green spaces; here are a few:
- Run along the soft wooded trails or sit by the pond in the spring and enjoy the beauty of the cherry blossoms in High Park.
- Go camping or canoeing in Rouge Park, Canada’s premier urban wilderness park.
- Take a hike in the leafy and historic Don Valley and stop at the Brick Works to pick up some great local produce at the weekly farmers market.
- Cast your line on the Credit River for Rainbow and Brown Trout, Chinook, Coho and Atlantic Salmon at 222 acre Erindale Park.
- Rent a canoe or sailboat and go for a float in Toronto Harbour, or hop on a ferry and spend the afternoon gazing at the blue expanse of Lake Ontario on the sandy beaches of Toronto Islands.
With an extensive public urban transportation system that includes subways, commuter trains, street cars and buses (TTC, GO Transit and MT), there are lots of ways to get around the GTA. The region also has a bike-sharing service (Bixi) and two car-sharing services (Autoshare and Zipcar) that make it easy to access a vehicle when needed.
News & Announcements
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