Toronto is a city of 3 million people within the Greater Toronto Area (the GTA). The GTA lies within the so-called “Golden Horseshoe” of Ontario, an economic zone of 9 million people on the west side of Lake Ontario. A quarter of Canada’s population lives in the Golden Horseshoe, and it dwarfs all other areas of the country in terms of size, urban intensity, and economic and cultural importance.
The Greater Toronto Area is one of the most multicultural and diverse places on earth, and a major destination for immigrants from all over the world.
The City of Toronto boasts ones of the lowest crime rates in North America. According to statistics compiled by the Toronto Police Service, the crime rate for various offences is around 1,020 per 100,000 people (violent crime); 3,033 per 100,000 people (property crime); and 137 per 100,000 people (traffic crime under the Criminal Code). The crime rate has been falling steadily for years.
Toronto’s City Hall is located downtown at Nathan Phillips Square, on the North side of Queen Street, between University Ave. and Bay St. From here, the former municipalities of North York, East York, Scarborough and Etobicoke are governed, as well as downtown Toronto itself.
The Toronto Police Service is headquartered downtown at 40 College St. [map]. The TPS serves the city via several uniformed divisions, specialized units, and community stations. The downtown core is served by the nine divisions of Central Field Command; the areas outside downtown are served by the eight divisions of Area Field Command. The nine downtown divisions are: [map]
The courthouses in downtown Toronto are located at: [map]
The former municipalities of Scarborough, Etobicoke, and North York each have their own courthouse. As a result, while Toronto overall has the busiest court system in Canada, by splitting the jurisdiction among different courts, each courthouse is less crowded, making it easier to manage the flow of cases and easier for people in the city’s various neighbourhoods to access.
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