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About Toronto

The Academy of Design’s two campuses are located in the vibrant city of Toronto. Toronto is the capital of Ontario and the largest city in Canada. It is rich in green space, culture and history, and is the entertainment and economic capital of Canada. The city is celebrated for being one of the most diverse in the world – over 140 languages and dialects are spoken here, and more than half of Toronto’s population was born outside of Canada. Toronto is an exciting place to live, and students who are new to the city often find that getting to know in the city becomes a highly rewarding part of their RCC experience.
The following resources and information will help students acclimatize to living in Toronto:

Driver’s Licenses

Students can learn about driver’s licenses in Ontario, including how to obtain a license for the first time or how to exchange an out-of-province or out-of-country license, on the Ontario Ministry of Transportation website.
Students may renew an Ontario driver’s license at any Service Ontario office or counter. Find a Service Ontario location.

Health Care

Students who are Canadian citizens, permanent residents to Canada or in certain newcomer groups, and who meet certain requirements around living in Ontario, can receive health services at no cost through the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP). Students will need to obtain an Ontario Health Card to use these government health services. OHIP coverage normally becomes effective three months after the date someone establishes residency in Ontario. Students who are new to Ontario are strongly advised to obtain private health insurance during this waiting period (starting on the day they arrive in Ontario) unless they are covered by health coverage from another province/territory in Canada. Once they obtain a Health Card, students should carry it with them at all times while in Canada. Find out more about eligibility and where to apply for a Health Card.

Public Transportation

Toronto’s main transit system is the Toronto Transit Commission, or TTC, and offers a network of subways, light rail, buses and streetcars. Find out more at Additional transit services in and around the city include:


Find taxi companies that operate in Toronto.

Newspapers and Websites


Toronto is often called a “city of neighbourhoods.” There are many great neighbourhoods and areas to visit in Toronto; some of the most popular include Kensington Market, Spadina Ave-Chinatown, Little India, Little Korea, The Beach and Ashbridges Bay, Roncesvalles, Queen St. West, Leslieville, College St./Little Italy, The Annex, Church Street, High Park, The Danforth, the Toronto Islands and the St. Lawrence Market area. Explore and learn about Toronto’s many different neighbourhoods through’s Neighbourhood Map.

Restaurant Listings

Just about every kind of cuisine from around the world can be found in Toronto. Visit these websites for restaurant reviews, information and recommendations.

Other Resources

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