Toronto is one of the largest cities in Canada with 2.6 million inhabitants as well as the fourth largest city in North America; also the Great Toronto region is home to more than 6.2 million people.
Although situated high in the north, Toronto – whose name is derived from the Huron word for fish trap – is characterized by a maritime flair: Located on the north-western shore of Lake Ontario, leading the Humber River and the Don River and various tributaries in a phenomenal natural harbour.
The German-Canadian relations are based on common values and interests which are rich in tradition and trust. The two nations are constantly working closely together – both bilaterally and multilaterally; be it at the United Nations, NATO or the G8 or G20. Nearly 2.8 million of the 35.3 million Canadians have German roots, about 300 years ago the first German immigrants came to Canada. During the period of German division, the Berlin Blockade and the division of Europe by the Iron Curtain during the Cold War, Europe and North America moved closer together. Germany is one of the ten most important trading partners of Canada. Canada is an attractive market for German Products; Germany is Canada’s fifth most important supplier and the seventh largest export market in the bilateral trade. A closed cultural agreement between Germany and Canada in 1975 brought together a variety of cultural relations between the two nations. It was only two years ago that the Goethe Institute celebrated its 50th anniversary in Canada, with offices in Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. Foreign cultural policy pays special attention to the promotion of the German language in Canadian schools and universities as well as the support of scholarships and exchange programs.