How close-knit is the expat community in this area? How do I get involved with it?

There stands a good chance that other residents in your neighborhood are expatriates themselves.
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Beside expat groups, what is the best way to make social connections outside of work?

There are numerous professional associations that accept new members for a nominal annual fee. These associations provide networking opportunities and are a great way to meet new people whether they are Toronto natives or expatriates.

In addition, it is common for professional associations to hold monthly meetings that include a networking session, dinner and guest speakers. If you are unsure about the organization, simply contact them and they can probably arrange for you to meet with some of the members before you decide to join.

There are a number of cultural communities located in the GTA. A few examples include: Jewish Toronto, Arab Toronto, Cedars Community Club (Lebanese Canadians), Russian Toronto Entertainment Portal, Toronto Latino and more.

The community in which you choose to reside may have its own community social club that gathers on a regular basis for meetings, events, outings and even neighborhood festivals. You and your accompanying partner can also contribute to the decision-making process in your community by sending Toronto City Hall/ Council comments on projects, attending public meetings, participating in public events and joining community outreach programs. In addition, charity and non-profit organizations are always on the lookout for volunteers.
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Where can I meet other singles in this city?

Some of the best places include art centers, bars, comedy clubs, dance clubs, community and ethnic dances, film festivals, music halls and concerts, piano lounges/bars, sporting events, festivals, museums and amusement parks. Also, you might meet others at places you would least expect – such as shopping centers and even on your commute to work!

The UK Connexion is a social group for single professionals from the UK who are living in the Greater Toronto Area. It is also open to other singles who enjoy socializing with British people. There are also numerous dating services and social clubs available for GTA singles. They are located in Toronto’s telephone book, local newspapers (in the classified section), television and radio advertisements and online.
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Are there any unique networking opportunities for accompanying partners?

The Newcomers Club of Toronto is a non-profit social organization for women. Their mission is to welcome newcomers to the area, help them make friends and acquaint them with the city. The club also offers various activities such as golf, tennis, book club, lunches, walking, wine tasting, bridge, mah jong, hiking, French conversation, German conversation and theater. They also have special events planned throughout the year.

The Girls Night Out Club also offers females a social club that focuses on friendship. The age range of the members is 20 to 50.
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