Nestled in the heart of Southwestern Ontario, London offers big city amenities with a community touch. The city of 500,000 residents is situated midway between Detroit and Toronto and is currently the 11th largest city in Canada.
If it is affordability, charm and security of a mid-sized community combined with the business and career opportunities of a big city that you’re looking for, London is the perfect choice. London’s safe, secure community with an abundance of recreational facilities are just a few of the qualities that families enjoy in the city. Child care costs in London are remarkably lower when compared to other cities. Several childcare programs through agencies including Ontario Early Years Centres, Thames Valley Children's Centre, and ChildReach are also available. London presents exciting job opportunities in a number of sectors, good neighbourhoods, excellent education and health care facilities, and plenty to do in your leisure time.
London presents exciting job opportunities in a number of sectors, good neighbourhoods, excellent education and healthcare facilities, and plenty to do in your leisure time.
London is a diverse and welcoming community. The city is home to several resources including the Cross Cultural Learners Centre and the London, Ontario, Canada Immigration Portal that offer valuable information to newcomers and create an environment based on inclusion and respect.
The city offers an abundance of affordable and quality housing options. From great apartments downtown to family-friendly suburban living, there are numerous choices for all housing needs and budgets.
London is a compassionate community with over 1,800 nonprofits and charities. 45.3 per cent of Londoners volunteer, contributing more than $600 million in value every year (Pillar Nonprofit Network). Local community associations, networking groups, and volunteer opportunities await you. London offers plenty of options to get involved in the community to truly make London your new home. London offers a number of options in terms of clubs, networking groups, and social programs to help get you better acquainted with the city and its diverse community. Celebrate, innovate, and get inspired by the city’s culturally diverse and engaged community.
London’s location along the NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) superhighway is an important consideration for industrial investment in the region and a big factor in the growth of local business. The 400-series highways carry $1.5 billion in trade every day and provide London access to more than 150 million consumers within a one-day drive. London has a diverse business community with a well-balanced economy that embraces strengths in health care, government, education, manufacturing, IT and business services. Industry sector leaders including 3M, McCormick Canada, Trojan Technologies, TSC Stores, Starlim North America, London Life, Libro Financial, and STIHL all have their Canadian headquarters in London.
London offers a wide variety of places and programs to fit all your recreational and entertainment interests and needs. In choosing London, you’ve chosen to live in southwestern Ontario’s Forest City — take a walk down our tree-lined streets, visit one of our many pristine parks or explore several walking and biking trails. Our unparalleled recreational facilities appeal to children and adults alike. From ski slopes and cycling velodromes to a world-class performance venue to community theatres — London will keep you enticed year-round.
Budweiser Gardens was ranked #7 worldwide and the top venue in North America for ticket sales among the venues of similar size in 2013 by Venues Today magazine. The facility played host to the ISU World Figure Skating Championships in March 2013 and regularly attracts big-ticket acts including Pearl Jam, Tom Petty, Gordon Lightfoot, Carrie Underwood, and Keith Urban.
London is a creative city where residents enjoy arts and culture in traditional and urban settings and artist entrepreneurs are well supported. Various organizations including the London Arts Council, Museum London, The ARTS Project, London Heritage Council and LondonFuse are dedicated to enhancing the quality of life and cultivating culture in London.
London is home to globally recognized higher education institutes and is regarded as a centre of educational excellence. Western University and its affiliate colleges —Brescia University College, Huron University College, and King’s University College—offer unparalleled learning experiences and attract students and faculty from around the world. The Ivey Business School located at Western University remains Canada’s pre-eminent business school. Known globally for its case method of learning, Ivey was ranked among the top 100 business schools by Financial Times in January 2014.
Fanshawe College is home to more than 17,000 full-time students with thousands more enrolled in part-time, continuing education, and apprenticeship programs. The College attracts students from approximately 50 countries every year.
About 88 percent of Fanshawe grads report finding employment soon after graduation. Source: Fanshawe College
Collège Boréal, located in London, offers French language post-secondary programs and services. In February 2014, Collège Boréal celebrated the opening of its new Orientation and Entrepreneurship Centre to assist French-speaking immigrants to help them find their footing in the community.
London also has more than 20 registered private vocational schools that fuel the development of the city's future workforce.
In addition, London offers quality primary and secondary school options with access to four school boards inclduing Thames Valley District School Board (TVDSB) and the London District Catholic School Board (LDCSB). The Thames Valley District School Board is one of Ontario's largest public school boards. TVDSB educates more than 74,000 students at 134 elementary schools and 27 secondary schools.
Historic Woodfield, located in the heart of London, was declared best neighbourhood in Canada in a competition sponsored by the Canadian Institute of Planners in 2016. Wortley Village received the same recognition in 2013, while Old East Village took home the people's choice award in 2014 (Great Places in Canada, 2013, 2014 & 2016 winners).
London offers a broad variety of rented and owned housing options. Choose heritage-rich, Victorian-era homes in historically significant neighbourhoods, or select leading-edge integration of architectural styling and energy efficiency in one of London's many carefully planned communities. The city's residential building boom provides options in all four corners of the city. Housing prices are significantly lower in London than comparable regions in Ontario and outside the province. The average price of a home in the London region is $286,994. When broken down by housing type, the median price of a two-storey home is $355,302, while the median prices of a bungalow are $236,497 (Royal Lepage Regional Market Summary, Q1, 2016).