The population growth in Toronto has largely grown in recent years. The population growth rate in 2011 grew by 9.2 percent which is more than the national rate of growth of 5.9 percent. The city had a population of 2,503,281 by the year 2006 and increased to 2,615,060 as per the census data in 2011. However, the metropolitan population growth is more to worry about. According to the Canadian research, out of the 35 million people in Canada, 17 percent of them live in Toronto and its surroundings. The metropolitan population in 2011 was 5,583,064 to 6,055,724 in 2014.
This increase in population is traced back in the late 19th century when the city became the supplier of goods to the city of Ontario and also the transportation through the means of trains. It was the ease in transportation that led to many immigrants to the city during the World War II. In addition, it is also argued that the French Law in Quebec contributed to the population growth in Toronto. This is because those business people who were unable to speak in French moved to Toronto where it was not mandatory to trade in French. These two incidences are the main contributors to the large population in Toronto from the earlier years.
As any other city would grow, manufacturing has extended to the neighbouring areas which would otherwise be called the metropolitan. However, the rate of growth of Metropolitan population in Toronto is high as evident from the previous statistics. The land that would otherwise be occupied by manufacturing industries is occupied by real estate establishments that are big in size and many in number to accommodate the ever growing population.
The recent population growth is attached to the fact that the city is a centre for financial activities and even the largest in the world. It is home to many companies’ headquarters. This means that it is a source of employment for millions of people who work and live in the city. In addition, the large number of tourists flocking the city is a contributor too. The city is said to be a home of the technological invention having over 168,000 people working in this sector. This has led to good infrastructure and growth in many various business activities by both locals and non-locals. The availability of Toronto islands, big commercial malls, and high-quality cuisine from restaurants continues to attract much more people including tourists to the city.
In conclusion, the growth in the population of Toronto has led to a high growth in the economy of the city. This is seen from the expansion in the manufacturing industry to the neighbouring suburbs of the city in order to meet the demand of the growing population in the city. It also earns an average revenue of 52 billion dollars from its technology industry. This shows that the increase in population has positively contributed to the growth of the city. However, the population growth has also had negative effects that come with congestion of a large number of people within the same geographical area such as increased crime rates, increased unemployment rates, and unbalanced population between the urban and rural areas in Canada.