Toronto is the cultural, entertainment and financial capital of Canada, a cosmopolitan melting pot with residents who speak more than 140 languages, diverse
As part of AECOM’s research into our second global Future of Infrastructure report, we asked more than 1,000 residents in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) for their views about Toronto’s infrastructure and their ambitions for its further evolution. Our results found that residents are 'moderately satisfied' with Toronto’s infrastructure, but recognize the need to prioritize public transportation, utilities and environmental sustainability upgrades to maintain their city’s dynamic growth.
With our own long history and extensive roots in Toronto, we understand both the excitement and concerns of Toronto’s residents and are working to keep this open and tolerant city at the forefront of development. AECOM’s network of planners, designers, engineers
Executive Vice President, Region Executive, Design and Consulting Services, Americas, AECOM
What makes Toronto one of the world’s most livable cities? Is it our sprawling waterfront, ample green spaces or reputation as a safe place to live? Toronto wasn’t named a top 10 livable city by accident!
Our people, economy and abundant natural resources drove this recent ranking by The Economist. With residents living and working along the shores of Lake Ontario, our city is made up of rising skyscrapers, a beautiful lakefront, art and business districts, and educational and entertainment facilities. Toronto is deeply rooted in its history and diversity — we pride ourselves on embracing cultural differences and moving forward!
In collaboration with Longitude — a Financial Times Company, AECOM’s Future of Infrastructure research harnesses survey data and opinions from over 10,000 infrastructure users in 10 major global cities, including Toronto to ask how satisfied, safe, inspired and engaged people feel with their roads and bridges, rail services and utilities.
Toronto is one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in North America. This growth requires new and upgraded infrastructure including roads, highways and access to transit, as well as water and wastewater services.
Why a growing city like Toronto needs housing, infrastructure As a result of this growing need, it’s no surprise that respondents overall are 'not very satisfied' with the current infrastructure management and delivery for their city.
Such clarity is particularly low, judging by the responses, in North American cities such as Toronto, with 32% in agreement. Some 53% of Toronto respondents feel they did not have an opportunity to provide feedback regarding public infrastructure issues in the past 12 months; only 15% reported providing feedback on future planning.
A total of 52% of global respondents (47% in Toronto) agreed that requests for feedback about infrastructure improvements or investments come too late in the planning stage for their influence to be meaningful.
Toronto respondents identified solar power and fibre-optic broadband as the leading two technologies that will have the greatest positive impact on their future quality of life.
Low on the list of life-improving technologies was future-tech, such as virtual/augmented reality and driverless vehicles.