According to the World's Best Cities report, an acclaimed ranking of urban hot spots by Resonance Consultancy, the 6ix is currently named the 18th greatest global destination. Toronto beat out all other Canadian cities by a country mile, including Vancouver, Montreal and Calgary, which took the 46th, 48th and 49th spots respectively.
The city's diversity, education, and economic growth are cited as the biggest factors for cracking the top 20. In fact, it ranks number four in the study's "people category" trailing just behind London, England.
The Big Smoke was also revealed to be the fastest-growing metropolitan area in all of North America over the summer, making its future undeniably bright.
Here are the top 25 cities that made the list:
New York, United States
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Los Angeles, United States
Chicago, United States
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
San Francisco, United States
St. Petersburg, Russia
Las Vegas, United States
Washington, United States
The report looks at the world's biggest cities with populations of one million or more and rankings are determined by analyzing factors that typically attract employment, investment and tourism across six categories: place, product, programming, people, prosperity, and promotion. It takes things like the number of foodie experiences and museums into account, as well as Global 500 corporations, direct flight connections, and even the number of mentions each city has on Instagram.
"The data collected for this year's rankings provide a snapshot of the performance of these cities one year into the pandemic and are an early indicator of how they have each been affected by COVID-19," Resonance President and CEO Chris Fair said in a release. "While no city has been spared from the effects of the pandemic over the past year, they have fared differently. This new World's Best Cities ranking provides a snapshot of which cities are best positioned to recover, and even thrive, in the years ahead."
Torontonians took to Twitter to share their frustrations.
One Twitter user even claimed they waited 75 minutes to vote, while others reported even longer wait times of up to 2 hours.
75 minutes to vote this morning in Toronto Parkdale-High Park. Many reports of fewer polling stations in urban centers. But voters are patiently waiting their turn, in long lines, to cast a ballot. Turnout, down in most provinces post-#Covid-19, a real question. #cdnpoli#elexn44pic.twitter.com/X0hrRBdwpx — Sanjay Ruparelia (@SVRuparelia) September 20, 2021
Premier Doug Ford responds to election results and encourages 'unity'
Premier Doug Ford responded to Trudeau's win this morning in a press release saying, "I want to congratulate Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on his re-election and congratulate all federal leaders who campaigned across Canada to ensure Canadians' voices were heard on the important issues facing this country."
Ford went on to address how for many Canadians, this election has been "extremely difficult and divisive."
"For many, this has been an extremely difficult and divisive election and I would like to take this opportunity to urge unity. Emotions have run high as candidates from all parties debated pandemic policies, including vaccine certificates."
The premier also clarified his own views on vaccine certificates that come into effect in Ontario tomorrow.
"There are a lot of people who are concerned about this policy and I want you to know that I hear you. I understand your concerns about protecting your civil liberties and right to privacy. While many fully vaccinated people like myself share these concerns, the greater concern is having to shut down again or experience a sudden surge in cases like in Alberta and Saskatchewan."
Mayor John Tory Responds
Mayor John Tory congratulated Trudeau in a statement released on Twitter early this morning at 5: 15 a.m. and thanked all Toronto residents who "cast their ballot" in the election.
I want to congratulate Prime Minister @JustinTrudeau on his election victory.
"I want to congratulate Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on his election victory," said Tory in a statement.
"During the election, I was encouraged by the Prime Minister's commitment to continued pandemic emergency financial support for Toronto, and all municipalities, as well as making needed investments in housing, transit and healthcare – including mental health. We also look forward to moving forward with universal child care."
"I am committed to continuing to work with the Prime Minister, his Ministers, and Toronto MPs to advance these priorities and get through this pandemic and make sure Toronto comes back stronger than ever for the benefit of the city and the entire country," he said
Paul congratulated all of the Green Party candidates who won and acknowledged her loss of the Toronto Centre riding, saying, "Certainly I am disappointed, it is hard to lose. No one likes to lose."
Liberal Marci Ien won the riding of Toronto Centre, and Paul congratulated her on her win.
"I just spoke with Marci Ien before coming down here, and I wanted to sincerely congratulate her. I hope that and I'm sure that the people of Toronto Centre will make sure that she provides them with good representation."
"But I am so proud of the effort, the creativity, the innovation that our team brought to this race. We promised to offer real representation. We promised to offer a real choice to the people of Toronto Centre who have so much need, so much work that needs to get done, and you did that, and I thank you for that."
Where the ridings currently stand
Toronto has remained strongly Liberal, with all 25 Toronto ridings leaning red according to 680 News's Real-Time Results and Map. However, more mail-in votes are coming in and will still be counted in the days to come.
Currently, 23 of these ridings have declared a liberal winner. However, both Davenport and Spadina–Fort York are awaiting results.
Trudeau said the Liberal party first learned about the allegations from the Toronto Star's report and "are looking into it very carefully," and have "asked the candidate to pause his campaign."
"First of all, as you said, we are a party that always takes seriously any allegations or reports of sexual harassment or intimidation or assault that has been clear from the very beginning. As you also pointed out, we only learned about these serious allegations yesterday through the work of the Toronto Star. We are looking into it very carefully, and we have asked the candidate to pause his campaign," said Trudeau.
When asked if Vuong would be able to sit as a Liberal if he wins his seat, Trudeau responded, "We're looking into it right now, we've asked him to pause the campaign and we're trying to find out more."