Toronto is vibrant, eclectic and Canada’s largest city with an estimated population of 6.2 million people (in the greater Toronto area). It has a thriving arts and theatre scene, world class restaurants and bars, festivals, winning sports teams (Raptors!), and the list goes on.
So does being single and living in Canada’s largest city mean you have access to a bigger and better dating pool? Well, technically, yes. But Toronto also has a reputation as being a tough city to be single in. Is this the perception or the reality? We think it’s a bit of both.
Toronto is the financial centre of Canada. Some would say that it makes it more conservative or “stuffier” than other cities like Montreal or Vancouver. Does that translate to mean that people go out less and are less approachable? That is one theory. And that perception could be due to the fact that Toronto is full of transplants. The educated and ambitious tend to move here from other parts of the country to pursue their careers. It’s said that they are more concerned with climbing the corporate ladder than pursuing relationships.
Geography can also be a drawback in a big city. Toronto’s population is spread out across a large area. The downtown core is small and the majority of the people live in outlying areas in the GTA. There isn’t one central neighbourhood or area where people tend to meet and socialize, like the Market neighbourhood in Ottawa, for example. People work downtown but then commute back to the suburbs where they live. They don’t tend to go out after work or if they do, it is usually closer to home. And if you are single and living in a Toronto suburb, you already know that you are surrounded by mostly couples and families.
So yes, Toronto, definitely has its challenges when it comes to being single and dating. But Mutual Match has done the leg work and has personally screened thousands of amazing single professionals who are established and are relationship-ready, just like you.