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You’re Invited: Job and Career Fair at Scarborough Civic Centre, Toronto May 4, 2015

Job and Career Fair

Monday May 4

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Opening Remarks at 10 a.m.

Scarborough Civic Centre, 150 Borough Drive, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Attend this annual Job and Career Fair and meet employers from a variety of sectors.

  • Dress to impress.
  • Bring your resumé and be prepared for an on-the-spot interview.
  • Objective:
    • Meet and network with employers.
    • Apply to jobs with a variety of employers.

To date, available opportunities include:

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Calling Artists for Nuit Blanche 2015: Info Sessions Jan.5, 12 + Submission Deadlines Jan.19, Feb.17

This video presents Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2014 Highlights.

“Scotiabank Nuit Blanche transformed the city of Toronto on October 4, 2014 with 130 art installations from hundreds of artists. More than a million people explored the exhibitions, including three new neighbourhood locations. Join us on October 3, 2015 for the 10th edition and experience this FREE all-night contemporary art event.”

Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2014, Toronto’s free annual all-night celebration of contemporary art in October, generated an economic impact of about $40.5 million for Toronto.

  • An estimated attendance exceeding one million people and including close to 200,000 out-of-town visitors.

Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2015

FREE Admissions

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Toronto’s free all-night contemporary art event.
From sunset to sunrise, experience Toronto transformed by artists for one night only. All night long.

Scotiabank Nuit Blanche official website

Participate in Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2015
Artists  |  Sponsors  |  Volunteers

Artists & Programming Partners – Call for Submissions

FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

If you have an idea for an art project, there are three different ways you can apply to participate: as an Open Call Project, an Independent Project or for the “10 for 10th”, as follows.

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TTC Alert: Closure of University Portion of Subway on Four Weekends in March 2013 and Other News

This video presents “University subway closures – March 2013”:

  • The TTC is closing the University subway line from Union to St. George stations on March 2-3, 10, 17 and 23-24 to upgrade its aging signal system
  • During the closures, there are several transit alternatives available to customers to help them get around the city

TTC's image: subway on platform
TTC’s image: subway on platform

March is the Toronto Transit Commission‘s (TTC’s) month to conduct major re-signalling work on the University portion (St George to Union stations) of the Yonge-University-Spadina subway line over all four weekends in Toronto, Ontario, Canada:

  • As a major state-of-good-repair project, the re-signalling modernizes the TTC signals, relays, wiring and cabling equipment
    • to ensure it can continue to deliver safe, reliable service to its 1.7 million daily customers

The work is scheduled to take place on the following weekend dates:

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“Exporting into New Markets: China and Hong Kong”: Free Event for Companies Located Within Toronto Nov.8, 8:15 AM

This video presents “Hong Kong is Canada favored trade hub with 300,000 Canadian live in HK”:

  • Speaker: J. Ian Burchett, Canadian Consul General, Hong Kong
  • Hong Kong has rocketed to join the top 10 trade partners with Canada, mainly due to the SAR’s dynamic and sophisticated marketplace, says Canada’s recently-appointed Consul General in Hong Kong
  • Ian Burchett says his country’s largest consulate abroad explains to Canadian companies how to use Hong Kong as a platform for Asia
  • Sleepless in Hong Kong – James Ian Burchett was appointed Canada’s Consul General in Hong Kong and Macau in April
    • He has served at various Canadian diplomatic missions since 1990, including Beijing and Washington DC
  • Mr Burchett says Asia is a key priority for Canada, with Hong Kong and Macau playing an important role in Canadian commercial success in the region

"Exporting into New Markets: China and Hong Kong": Free Event for Companies Located Within Toronto Nov.8, 8:15 AM
“Exporting into New Markets: China and Hong Kong”: Free Event for Companies Located Within Toronto Nov.8, 8:15 AM

Exporting into New Markets: China and Hong Kong

November 8, 2012 – Toronto, Canada

FREE Admission for Companies Located Within the City of Toronto

8:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (registration begins at 8:15 a.m.)

Venue: Ontario Investment and Trade Centre, 250 Yonge Street, 35th Floor, Toronto, Ontario, M7A 2H1

Presented by the City of Toronto and the Canada China Business Council

Hong Kong is an excellent channel for accessing China’s consumers, and offers many advantages for foreign companies interested in exporting to this diverse and expanding market. On Thursday, November 8, join the City of Toronto and the Canada China Business Council (CCBC) to learn how to leverage Hong Kong and export into China.

CCBC members and non-members are invited to purchase tickets for this important event. City of Toronto companies will receive complimentary registration. If you have any questions, please contact Karen Jiang, program officer for CCBC Toronto, at (416) 954-3800 ext. 317 or by e-mail at


Toronto is Totally Talented as the High Tech Hub of Canada!

Toronto is Totally Talented as the High Tech Hub of Canada!
Toronto is Totally Talented as the High Tech Hub of Canada!

Would you know it?!

Toronto was once called Toronto the Beautiful.

Now, Toronto is named Canada’s high tech hub!

City of Toronto, MaRS Discovery District, KPMG, Toronto Region Research Alliance (TRRA), IDC Canada, the Impact Group, the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Trade (MEDT) got together to produce a report titled “Canada’s High Tech Hub: Toronto“, which provides participants at Technicity 2010 ( with a brief overview of Toronto’s ICT (Information, Communications and Technology) sector.

The relevant findings of  “Canada’s High Tech Hub: Toronto” include:

  • A full 30 per cent of Canada’s Information, Communications and Technology (ICT) industry is based in the Toronto region.
  • GTA (Greater Toronto Area) remains the nation’s centre for ICT research and development, and is enjoying sustained growth and high employment.
  • Toronto’s ICT sector is comprised of 11,522 companies that generate $52.2 billion in annual revenues.
  • It’s dominated by small to medium-sized firms, with 97.7 per cent of firms having fewer than 100 employees.
  • The sector employs over 161,000 workers, representing 56.4 per cent of all ICT workers in Ontario and 30 per cent of all ICT workers in Canada.
  • This represents an increase of 30,000 jobs since the last analysis was completed in 2004.
  • ICT sector is young, with over 60 per cent of its workforce under the age of 45.
  • It also enjoys an exceptional 95.9 per cent employment rate and an average annual wage of $64,725.
  • ICT workers are well educated, with 96.8 per cent holding a post-secondary certificate, diploma or degree, compared with 88.9 per cent for the city’s total labour force.
  • Entrepreneurship is thriving with the number of ICT service firms increasing by 2,000 companies (mostly smaller-sized firms) since 2002.
  • Research and development activity in the Toronto region is greater than that in any other single jurisdiction in Canada, accounting for approximately 30 per cent of total nationwide activity.

Please note that: “not included in these employment figures are the ICT jobs that are being created in the emerging ICT area of interactive digital media nor the thousands of jobs that are embedded in other sectors that have a high reliance on ICT, like financial services and healthcare.”

There are limitations to the findings of this report because these changes (“adaptive shift away from traditional large enterprise to high-value, knowledge-based, small business) have been so rapid that much of today’s ICT job growth is hard to capture in traditional statistical measures.”

Today the report was presented to Toronto’s Economic Development Committee meeting as part of a broader look at the city’s ICT and Interactive Digital Media (IDM) sectors. The Committee also heard from prominent representatives of Toronto ICT and IDM related businesses, institutions and programs.

Also, the second annual Technicity industry forum will be held in November 2011 for more ICT intelligence and networking opportunities.

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‘Celebrate 27 Arts Fest’ in Toronto Starts Today March 31, 2011

'Celebrate 27 Arts Fest' in Toronto Starts Today March 31, 2011
'Celebrate 27 Arts Fest' in Toronto Starts Today March 31, 2011

Celebrate 27 Arts Fest’ (C27) is a celebration about Article 27 of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights that states:

“Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits.”

Thanks to the inspiration of Article 27,  Toronto is having its first annual Celebrate 27 Arts Fest – “C27” to celebrate the universal right to participate in arts and culture by presenting free and ticketed events across Toronto throughout April.

Here is the itinerary of the FREE events  and ticketed events of Celebrate 27 Arts Fest – “C27”.

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Calling All Toronto Citizens for ‘Creative Capital Initiative’ Public Consultations

The City of Toronto needs your help to update the City’s 2003 Culture Plan for the new term of Council.

Toronto residents define culture as the following elements: great arts and educational institutions, vibrant street life, ethno-cultural and intellectual diversity.

These elements are essentials for the vitality of Toronto because, according to Councillor Michael Thompson (Ward 37 Scarborough Centre),:

  • Toronto’s cultural sector employs nearly 133,000 people,
  • annually generates $9 billion in GDP, and
  • between 1991 and 2007, creative occupations grew at more than twice the rate of the general labour force.

“Since its adoption, the Culture Plan has successfully shaped the City’s cultural strategy and supported the growth of the cultural sector” as follows:

  • about “87 per cent of the Culture Plan’s 63 recommendations have been implemented,
  • in August 2010, Council reaffirmed its commitment to the Culture Plan’s cultural investment goal of $25 per capita (currently at $18 per capita).”

Please click here for information about the Culture Plan.

For these reasons, it is imperative that Toronto and Toronto citizens come together for a fresh review and to update the City’s 2003 Culture Plan.

The Creative Capital Initiative is a partnership between the City and the arts and culture community to provide expert advice and recommendations to update the City’s 2003 Culture Plan for the new term of Council.

You may track the progress of the Creative Capital Initiative and provide comments on

Here are the VIPs involved with the Creative Capital Initiative:

  • co-chairing the initiative are three prominent members of Canada’s business and cultural communities: Robert Foster (CEO Capital Canada), Karen Kain (Artistic Director of the National Ballet of Canada), and former federal Cabinet Minister Jim Prentice (Vice-Chairman, CIBC)
  • joined by an Advisory Council that includes Nichole Anderson (President and CEO, Business for the Arts), Cameron Bailey (Co-Director, Toronto International Film Festival Group), Claire Hopkinson (Executive Director, Toronto Arts Council), Che Kothari (Executive Director, Manifesto Community Arts) and Gail Lord (Principal, Lord Cultural Resources)
  • advised by Richard Florida (Director of the Martin Prosperity Institute) and Jeff Melanson (Special Advisor to the Mayor – Arts and Culture)

This Creative Capital Initiative will present its recommendations to the Economic Development Committee at the committee’s May 2011 meeting.

You are invited to be part of city-building through culture by participating in one or both consultations as follows:

Calling All Toronto Citizens for 'Creative Capital Initiative' Public Consultations
Calling All Toronto Citizens for Public Consultations