Toronto ranks consistently in the top as a global financial centre.

The Banker ranks Toronto seventh among international centres.

The U.K.-based Financial Times publication The Banker in its 2012 study of international financial centres ranked Toronto seventh in the world and second only to New York in North America.

Cities of Opportunity 2012 – third overall.

The fifth annual Cities of Opportunity, a report from Price Waterhouse Coopers and the Partnership for New York City, is a quantitative and qualitative look at 2012's emerging picture of city life in 27 world capitals of finance, commerce and culture in 10 broad categories. Toronto ranked third overall, with strengths in intellectual capital, innovation, health, safety, security and sustainability.

Ranked second for cost competitiveness among leading business cities in North America.

KPMG's 2012 Competitive Alternatives study found that Toronto offers one of the world's most cost-effective business locations. Toronto ranked second in North America, up from sixth place in 2010.

Aon Hewitt ranks Toronto third in the top five lowest risk cities in the world for employers.

Aon Hewitt's study, the 2013 People Risk Index ranked Toronto as the world's third lowest-risk city. The Index measures the risks organizations face with recruitment, employment and relocation in 131 cities worldwide by analyzing factors such as demographics, access to education, talent employment, employment practices, and government regulations.

Toronto remains the world’s 4th most liveable city.

Toronto is again ranked fourth after Melbourne, Vienna and Vancouver in the Economist Intelligence Unit's August 2012 Livability Ranking Report of 140 world cities. Cities are ranked on political and social stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure.

Toronto #4 of world’s top tech hubs.

In a recent 2012 study,Toronto was ranked fourth among 25 cities worldwide as a top tech hub by Startup Genome a project that aims to increase the success rate of start-ups and accelerate the pace of innovation globally.

Toronto 12th on Global City Competitiveness survey.

Toronto was ranked 12th in The Economist's Economic Intelligence Unit's report, Benchmarking Global City Competitiveness (pdf). The survey ranked 120 of the world’s major cities using eight criteria: economic strength, physical capital, financial maturity, institutional effectiveness, social and cultural character, environment and natural hazards and global appeal.

Toronto ranked #2 in Top 10 Smart Cities on the Planet.

In its first global ranking of smart cities, Fast Company magazine ranks Toronto second only to Vienna as a top smart city and the highest ranked North American city. Says the magazine, “Smart cities use information and communication technologies to be more intelligent and efficient in the use of resources, resulting in cost and energy savings, improved service delivery and quality of life, and reduced environmental footprint – all supporting innovation and the low-carbon economy.”


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The World Economic Forum (WEF) praised Toronto for its collaborative public-private model in support of talent mobility. The WEF report, Talent Mobility Best Practices – Collaboration at the Core of Driving Economic Growth includes a case study on the TFSA’s Centre of Excellence in Financial Services Education, highlighting the city’s success in strengthening and expanding its talent pool and elevating the region’s stature as a global centre.