English is the primary language used in the Toronto area.
While Canada recognizes both French and English as official languages, you are unlikely to find many services in French other than government services.
With that being said, there is a wide range of languages in regular use throughout the city, with stores and restaurants that cater to clientele from different nationalities and who speak various languages. It’s a good idea for expats in Toronto to learn to speak English if they are not already fluent, but with the small cultural communities, many can get away with a limited knowledge of English.
There are many language schools in Toronto to help you learn English. Below is a list to get you started.
- International Language Academy of Canada
With locations in Vancouver and Toronto, this comprehensive school provides a wide range of courses for expats in Canada.
- The English School of Canada
Located at 79 St. Clair, in Central Toronto, this language school provides many services for new Canadians in Toronto.
- McKinsey Education Group
A school dedicated to providing practical language learning.
- Language Schools International
With over 40 years experience, this is a very dependable language school with locations around North America, including Toronto.
- International House
A wide variety of English course for all levels can be found at this school.
For a complete list of English schools in Toronto, click here.