Toronto officially has 34 new neighbourhoods (MAP)

Mar 16 2021, 7:37 am

Toronto has officially dropped 16 of its old neighbourhoods and added 36 new ones in a City overhaul of its neighbourhood boundaries.

The City published a new map of Toronto detailing its now 158 neighbourhoods. The City website says Toronto’s neighbourhoods hadn’t been updated since the late 1990s.

“However, in recent years, population growth has made each neighbourhood’s population unbalanced in relation to the others,” the website reads. “To balance population growth, the Social Research & Information Management unit (SRIM), together with partners in other City divisions and public agencies, developed neighbourhood splits that resulted in 34 new neighbourhood areas with more balanced populations.”

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Many of the new neighbourhoods have been unofficially used by Torontonians for years, so it doesn’t come as much of a surprise that the City has now made them official.

One of the most noticeable changes is that the old neighbourhoods of Waterfront Communities — The Island and Niagara, which in recent years have become much more densely populated, have been broken down into smaller geographic neighbourhoods that include places like West Queen West, Fort York — Liberty Village, and Wellington Place.

The complete list of new neighbourhoods is as follows:

  • Fort York — Liberty Village
  • West Queen West
  • Wellington Place
  • Harbourfront-City Place
  • Yonge-Bay Corridor
  • Ryerson
  • St Lawrence — East Bayfront — The Islands
  • Church-Wellesley
  • Bay — Cloverhill
  • Dovercourt Village
  • Junction — Wallace Emerson
  • South Eglinton-Davisville
  • North Toronto
  • Bendale South
  • Golfdale — Woburn
  • Bendale — Glen Andrew
  • Woburn North
  • West Rouge
  • Upper Rouge
  • Malvern East
  • Malvern West
  • East L’Amoreaux
  • L’Amoreaux West
  • Dunforest — Hollywood
  • Avondale
  • Empress
  • Fenside-Parkwoods
  • Parkwoods — O’Connor Hills
  • Downsview
  • Oakdale — Beverly Heights
  • Islington
  • Etobicoke City Centre
  • Mimico — Queensway
  • Humber Bay Shores

The City says that the reason Toronto’s neighbourhoods are officially changed so infrequently is that neighbourhoods provide a meaningful geographic area, and maintaining them for many years at a time allows researchers to perform long-term studies to see changes in each area.

With this change coming more than two decades since the last, it will likely be a very long time before we see any other neighbourhoods added.

Laura HanrahanLaura Hanrahan

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