Toronto Region

Toronto Region

At the heart of the Province of Ontario is the City of Toronto. Toronto is the provincial capital and is in many ways the economic engine for the entire country. It is the financial centre of Canada, the 3rd largest financial centre in North America, employing 205,000 in the financial sector. Toronto is headquarters for 6 of Canada’s top insurers that manage over 90 percent of the industry’s assets and home to Canada’s 5 largest banks, 50 foreign bank subsidiaries and branches, and 112 securities firms. It is the nation’s largest employment centre, with one-sixth of Canada’s jobs, and strong employment in both manufacturing and service industries. The City of Toronto website has an abundance of resource material on all aspects of the city.

"Who is my neighbour?"

Toronto is located in the most diverse region of Canada. Changes in the immigration policy in recent decades have attracted a great number of people from all over the world and the greatest concentration of these recent waves of immigration has been in Ontario and in particular in the city of Toronto. To put this in perspective, according to Statistics Canada, by year 2017 or sooner, the ethnic minority will become the majority in the Greater Toronto Area (Learn more about Toronto).

Toronto is the largest urban centre in the country to receive immigrants. Every year, over 100,000 immigrants land in the Toronto 2006 Census counted 2,320,200 foreign-born people in Toronto and the surrounding metropolitan areas (Toronto Census Metropolitan Area). This accounts for 38% of all immigrants in Canada. Between 2001 and 2006, the foreign-born population grew by 14%, compared to 5% for the Canadian-born population. In 2006 the foreign-born population accounted for 46% of the total population, up from 44% in 2001 (Statistics Canada, 2007). In 2006, 32% of the population identified themselves as Catholic, 22% Protestant, 4% Orthodox, and 4% other Christian denominations (Statistics Canada, 2010).

Toronto Wards

The City of Toronto is also divided up into 140 different neighbourhoods.  Information about each neighbourhood can be accessed on the City of Toronto website here. Neighbourhood information can also be gleaned from various real estate websites.

To find information about Toronto wards select a ward from the map.  Clicking on the map will take you to the City of Toronto website. A broad range of information (like immigration patterns, ethnocultural makeup, employment, income, families and shelter costs) can be discovered about each geographic area in Toronto.

Toronto Ward MapWard 1Ward 2Ward 3Ward 4Ward 5Ward 6Ward 7Ward 8Ward 9Ward 10Ward 11Ward 12Ward 13Ward 14Ward 15Ward 16Ward 17Ward 18Ward 19Ward 20Ward 21Ward 22Ward 23Ward 24Ward 25Ward 26Ward 27Ward 28Ward 29Ward 30Ward 31Ward 32Ward 33Ward 34Ward 35Ward 36Ward 37Ward 38Ward 39Ward 40Ward 41Ward 42Ward 43Ward 44

Four Community Councils: Immigrants Distribution

Scarborough Community Council


35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44

North York Community Council


8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 23, 24, 25, 26, 33, 34

Toronto & East York Council


14, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32

Etobicoke York Community Council


1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 17

% of Immigrants of the Total Population in the Community

57% (12% of the population arrived in Canada between 2001 and 2006)

54% (14% of the population arrived in Canada between 2001 and 2006)

39% (8% of the population arrived in Canada between 2001 and 2006)

50% (9% of the population arrived in Canada between 2001 and 2006)

Visible Minorities

2/3 of the population are visible minorities, compared with 40% for the rest of the City.

Half (48%) of North York’s population are visible minorities, a similar level as the rest of the City (47%).

1/3 of Toronto and East York’s population are visible minorities, compared with 52% in the rest of the City.

40% of Etobicoke York’s population are visible minorities, compared with 49% in the rest of the City.

Map and location

High levels of visible minorities in northern Scarborough, with the lowest levels south of Kingston Rd.


Higher levels of visible minorities are found in the north east quadrant of the Community Council area, in Thorncliffe ‘ Flemingdon and west of Keele St


Relatively low levels of visible minorities with concentrations noticeable in a corridor on either side of Dundas St. and a few other neighbourhoods such as Parkdale, Jamestown and Crescent Town


Higher levels of visible minorities are found in the Weston Rd corridor and the north west quadrant of the Community Council area


Top 3 Birth places outside of Canada

1.      Southern Asia (36.6%)

2.      Eastern Asia (31.7%)

3.      Southeast Asia (10.9%)

1.     Eastern Asia (23.5%)

2.     West Central Asia and the Middle East (18.5%)

3.     Southern Asia (16.7%)

1.     Eastern Asia (24.0%)

2.     Southern Asia (21.5%)

3.     Eastern Europe (9.5%)

1.       Southern Asia (31.1%)

2.       Eastern Europe (12.2%)

3.       South America (8.4%)

Top 3 Home Languages

1.         Chinese (6.4%)

2.        Cantonese (6.3%)

3.      Tamil (5.9%)

58% of the community population speaks English

1.      Chinese (3.8%)

2.      Russian (3.0%)

3.     Cantonese (2.8%)

60% of the community population speaks English

1.      Chinese (2.7%)

2.      Cantonese (2.6%)

3.      Portuguese (2.5%)

74% of the community population speaks English

1.      Italian (3.5%)

2.      Spanish (3.4%)

3.    Portuguese (2.9%)

65% of the community population speaks English

Information provided by Statistic Canada 2006 Census

Links: Community Council Area Profiles

Other Community Resources

The Pregnancy Care Centre

North York Location (Central Office)

15 Hove Street, Suite 100
North York, ON, M3H 4Y8
(Bathurst & Sheppard)

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 10:00 am — 6:00 pm
  • Friday: 10:00 am — 4:00 pm
  • Please call if you would like to request an evening appointment

Scarborough Location

7601 Sheppard Ave. East
Scarborough, ON, M1B 2Y7
(Morningside & Sheppard)

  • Monday Evening: 6:00 pm — 9:00 pm
  • Tuesday: 10:00 am — 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday Evening: 6:00 pm — 9:00 pm

Downtown Centre

47 Queen’s Park Crescent East
Toronto, ON, M5S 2C3
(Queen’s Park East & Wellesley West)

  • Tuesday: 1:30 pm — 9:00 pm
  • Thursday: 10:00 am — 6:00 pm
  • Saturday: 6:00 pm — 9:00 pm

Hispanic Centre

1875 Sheppard Avenue East
Toronto, ON, M3L 1Y6
(near Jane & Sheppard)

  • Serving Spanish and English speakers
  • Thursday Evenings: 3:00 pm — 6:00 pm

Ryerson Pregnancy Care Group

Ryerson University downtown campus
Text: (647) 505-8390

  • Monday: 10:00 am — 12:00 pm

The Ryerson Pregnancy Care group is a student organization affiliated with the Pregnancy Care Centre that exists to create an educational environment that is accepting and supportive of pregnant students. For more information about the Ryerson Pregnancy Care Group, click here.

Jane & Steels After Hours Centre

4545 Jane Street
Toronto, ON, M3N 2K7
(near Jane & Shoreham)

  • Available by appointment only