"In absolute numbers, Toronto was the second fastest growing metropolitan area in the United States and Canada by a wide margin — Montreal was fifth," the report reads. Between July 2017 and July 2018, the Toronto metro area gained 125,298 people. Montreal gained 66,116 people.
"Achieving second billing was an amazing feat for our region. Metropolitan Toronto’s growth of 125,298 persons was second only to Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington," write researchers Frank Clayton and Hong Yun (Eva) Shi.
Population growth is something to celebrate. Robust economic growth and cultural attractions in Toronto and Montreal are drawing both Canadians and immigrants to the two largest cities in the country.
But such quick growth may also have an adverse effect on costs of living. Several studies show, for example, that high rates of population growth can drive up rents in metro areas, especially if this growth outpaces housing construction.
A 2018 Bloomberg report, for example, linked Toronto's inaffordability to its population "boom." As the population of a city increases, competition for available rental space becomes more intense, driving prices up.
Other factors, too, contribute to higher rentals costs, including luxury development. But, the Bloomberg article continues, population growth can exacerbate housing troubles especially for low and middle-income households.
The Ryerson report makes no conclusions about the cost of living, but it at least suggests that growth in Montreal is matching that of other, increasingly expensive markets in North America — and that prices in the city are poised to increase.
While there are a million and one spots to enjoy a 5 à 7 in the city, not everywhere does happy hour quite like this Montreal restaurant in the Village.
Resto Keela serves $6 drinks from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., including house draft beer, house red or white wine, and speed rail mixed drinks, which is a choice of vodka, rye, rum, or gin — a pretty hard drink deal to beat.
As for food, you can go every week and try a different $6 dish at happy hour. "The $6 bites change from week to week but we always offer 3-5 options," owners Kristin Murphy and Johnny Hamilton told MTL Blog.
I went on September 10 and got to try green beans with a cashew romesco sauce and feta crumble, chorizo sausage, chicken Kaarage with kimchi cucumbers, and organic cherry tomato salad with blue cheese. And I kid you not when I say these dishes all take your taste buds on a culinary trip to heaven.
Keela's full menu is also filled with tons of unique dishes for you to try. The celery root carpaccio is hands down my favourite.
Every Friday night, you can hear the sweet voice of Bud Rice sing live at the restaurant.