London, a centre for health and education
by Luis Aparicio | Photo by Lenicio Siqueira
Starting this edition, DISCOVER MAGAZINE will highlight cities that are economic centers and tourist destinations in Canada. In this issue, London, Ontario, currently the 11th largest city in the country is on the spotlight. Located mid-way between Detroit and Toronto, London is a renowned center for health and technology. You will enjoy getting to know a place of European influences, in which history and culture are all around.
London is a city in southwestern Ontario, Canada, midway between the cities of Toronto, Ontario, and Detroit, Michigan, with a population of about 458,000 people in the metropolitan area; the city itself has a population of 352,000. London is one of the largest urban municipalities in Ontario and the 10th largest metropolitan area in Canada. Summers are usually hot and humid, with temperatures between 21 ° C and 30 ° C. Winters lie between -5 ° C and -10 ° C.
As one of few communities in Canada with a triple “A” credit rating, London is a financially sound and well managed city that has a very diverse and stable economic base. It is a regional centre of health and education, and home to the University of Western Ontario, Fanshawe College, and several hospitals.
Health & Education
Known as the Forest City, London is also a city much appreciated for its great cultural activity, home to a number of musical and art exhibitions, and festivals that contribute to its tourism industry. But its economic activity is centered in education, medical research, insurance and information technology, with the university and the hospitals of London figuring in the list of the top ten employers.
Cities like Toronto and Windsor, Canada, and the cities of Detroit, Cleveland and Buffalo, in the United States, are all within a radius of 200 km away from London with easy access by highway (401 and 402), railway and air (several flights to different cities).
Over the past few years, many Canadian and international companies have chosen to place their headquarters in the city of London, companies such as Hanwha I & C of Korea, Orgaworld of Germany, Cakerie Original from western Canada, Magee Rieter Automotive Systems from the US and Transcom of Sweden, just to name a few. Other famous companies that have adopted London as home include Diamond Aircraft, General Dynamics Land Systems, Kellogg, Labatt Breweries, McCormick, Nestle and Stihl.