Living in Vaughan
Vaughan is a great place to live and raise a family because we are a community largely made up of families. We’re also a young community where 83% of the population is under the age of 55. Vaughan offers young families a lifestyle full of opportunities for them and their children. It is a safe, clean and well-run city that you would be proud to call home.Vaughan is a diverse, multicultural city. While it provides a vibrant international flavour to community life, this diversity gives Vaughan a competitive business edge and helps attract investment. Forbes magazine has identified diversity as a competitive edge to businesses and communities seeking to attract investment. Vaughan is recognized as a city where ethnic diversity has grown as the City has grown. That will continue in the years ahead, making the City a place that is a microcosm of the world. Today, there are more than 70 languages spoken in Vaughan.
Location, Location, Location
Vaughan is strategically located at the core of the Canadian marketplace. Comprising 275 square kilometres, Vaughan has easy access to Canada’s largest and busiest international airport, Lester B. Pearson International Airport.
All rail-transported goods bound for Ontario and Eastern Canada flow through Canadian National (CN) and Canadian Pacific (CP) rail carriers, both with their largest rail facilities in Vaughan. CP has the capacity to handle 650,000 containers annually.
Provincial highway systems efficiently and seamlessly connect Vaughan to major markets in Canada and the United States, providing an integrated transportation system for goods.Access to People
Two-thirds of the Canadian market (20 million people) and 135 million US consumers are within one-day’s drive of Vaughan, link by convenient choice of transportation and attracted by profitable commerce.
Quality of Life
Businesses and residents are drawn to the City of Vaughan for an unparalleled quality of life. The City offers families and visitors an abundance of green spaces; exciting tourist attractions; diverse entertainment venues; cultural centres and modern recreation facilities; clean and safe neighbourhoods.Canadian Family Magazine rated Vaughan one of the “Best Places in Canada to Raise a Family”, citing its sense of community, easy access to cosmopolitan amenities and big-city lifestyle. Vaughan was also reported as one of the “Best Places to Live in Canada” by Money Sense magazine.Vaughan offers all the elements of an exceptional quality of life.
Vaughan’s communication network is composed of state-of-the-art fibre optics and 100% digital switching. Both Bell Canada and Shaw Communication have fibre optic networks in the City of Vaughan.
Highway 400 connects Vaughan to Highway 401 providing easy access to this key Windsor – Quebec City transportation corridor.
Highway 407, the Express Toll Route (ETR), is a multi-lane, electronic toll highway which runs across the top of the Greater Toronto Area. For further details on Highway 407, including toll rates call (905) 264-5330 or visit their Web site at www.407etr.com.
Highway 427 provides quick access to Lester B. Pearson International Airport and to many of the key highways in the Greater Toronto Area.
Canadian National Railway has its main classification yard located in the heart of Vaughan’s employment area.
The state-of-the-art CPR Intermodal Freight Terminal is the most advanced containerized freight facility in Canada and is CPR’s busiest, handling 95% of domestic intermodal freight in and out of the Toronto Region.
Pearson International Airport
Lester B. Pearson International Airport is Canada’s busiest airport and can be reached within a fifteen minute drive from Vaughan. Pearson has three major terminals and handles more than 24 million passengers annually.
The Toronto/Buttonville Airport is located just a few minutes east of Vaughan. This airport specializes in private and commercial traffic.