The population of the urban center of Toronto has continued to increase year over year in this new Century. In the past five years alone, the population has risen from 4.7 million people to an astonishing 5.2 million people, with no end to the increase in sight. If you add the outlying areas of Toronto, the population now stands at nearly 8.8 million people. This figure was almost unthinkable a mere 50 years ago, yet the reality must now be dealt with.
Like much of the world, Canada is facing uncertain economic times. With this rise in population, the current tax structure and income in the city cannot keep pace with the many services required to take care of all the people who need help. As such, the government has been forced to make some difficult decisions in recent years that affect nearly every sector of society, from education to social services, and transportation to the cultural arts. Service cuts are rarely popular with the general populace, so it has been a delicate undertaking to say the least. This essay deals with some of the realities that have forced these cuts, coupled with a few case studies that provide a glimpse of the reaction of the people. The hope is that, moving forward, Toronto can better deal with the influx of people into this beautiful city that Canadians have been proud to be a part of for centuries.