MUSE Places

The MUSE program of research and knowledge sharing will unfold across Canada. To reflect the composition of the MUSE Team and principal knowledge users, our work is concentrated in four Canadians cities: Montreal, Saskatoon, Toronto, and Vancouver.


Principal Institutional Partner Toronto Public Health

Chief Medical Officer of Health Eileen de Villa

  • About 5.9 million people live in the census metropolitan area (CMA) of Toronto which represents 44% of the province’s population.
  • With its 2.7 million inhabitants, the city of Toronto, Ontario’s economic capital, makes up about 20% of the province’s population.


  • Toronto (City) is comprised of 1,112,930 private households, including 718,755 families. Nearly 65% of families have children, out of which almost one third is a single-parent family.


  • At the top of the economic pyramid, nearly 31% of households are making more than $100,000 a year. At the bottom, 13% are making less than $20,000. In Toronto, 17.4% of the population lived under the low income cutoff in 2016.


  • About 37% of the employed labor force commuters in Toronto take public transit, which consists of the subway, buses, or streetcars. The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) reported 538 million rides in 2016.
  • Walking and cycling represents respectively 8.6% and 2.8% of commuting modes.


– Statistics Canada: Census Profile, 2016 Census (Last updated: March 20, 2018)
– Toronto Transit Commission: Operating Statistics, 2016