Toronto has a large Italian Canadian community, with 30.5% of the ethnic Italians in Canada living in the Greater Toronto Area as of 2016. Toronto is home to the fourth largest Italian population outside of Italy, behind Sao Paulo, Brazil, Buenos Aires, Argentina, and New York City, respectively. As of the Canada 2016 Census, there were 484,360 Italian Canadians in the Greater Toronto Area.
"Soldiers of fortune" and educated people from Italy immigranted to Toronto prior to the 1850s. Toronto absorbed pedlars and craftspeople from northern Italy until the 1880s. 17 Italians lived in Toronto by 1860. Additional tradespeople arrived by 1870. After the 1880s many came from northern Italy, with most being from Genoa. The occupations tended to be craftspeople, service tradespeople, and pedlars.
Italian immigration continued into the post-World War II era. 90% of the Italians who immigrated to Canada after World War II remained in Canada. During that period the community still had fluency in the Italian language.
The York Region communities of Vaughan and King, Ontario, with Vaughan being located just north of Toronto, and King being just north of Vaughan, have nearly 100,000 and 10,000 Italian Canadian residents respectively, each accounting for over 30% of their respective total population; these two areas have the largest concentrations of Italian Canadians in Canada.
In terms of cities/towns the breakdown is as follows:
|Bradford West Gwillimbury||5,305||15.2%|
The ridings (federal electoral districts) with the highest concentration of Italians (10 per cent of more of the population) in the GTA are as follows, as per 2016 Census data:
|Humber River--Black Creek||13,800||12.81%|
|Aurora--Oak Ridges--Richmond Hill||14,160||12.4%|
Italian newspapers, television, and radio have existed throughout Toronto's history.
The Italian Walk of Fame acknowledges ethnic Italians. It is located in Little Italy.