Toronto is the most populous city in Canada and the provincial capital of Ontario.  With a population of 2,731,571, it is the fourth most populous city in North America after Mexico City, New York City, and Los Angeles.  Toronto is the centre of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), the most populous metropolitan area in Canada, and anchors the Golden Horseshoe, a heavily urbanized region that is home to 9.2 million people or over 26% of the population of Canada.  A global city,  Toronto is an international centre of business, finance, arts, and culture, and is recognized as one of the most multicultural and cosmopolitan cities in the world.