Toronto is the leader of the western world when it comes to building highrises, according to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH).

There are 15 tall buildings under construction in the city – tall meaning 150 metres or higher – which is more than any other city in the western hemisphere.

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Toronto is projected to have 44 buildings taller than 150 meters by 2015, up from 13 in 2005, the Chicago-based council said, and the trend toward high buildings is Canada-wide.

“Canada is reshaping its urban centers and tall buildings are playing a large role,” CTBUH executive director Dr. Antony Wood said.

“Canada is at the forefront of discussions about density, transportation and urban sustainability.”

According to the council, four buildings taller than 200 meters were built across Canada in 2012, the most the country has ever completed in a single year.

By the end of 2015 the number of buildings in Canada taller than 150 meters is expected to increase to 74, up from 26 in 1995, according to the CTBUH study.

Toronto currently has the most skyscrapers in the city with 30 and Calgary is in second place with 14. Montreal has 7 highrises, Vancouver has three, Mississauga has two and the Niagara region has one.

Outside these urban centres, there are no other highrises in the country.