Demographics

Neighbourhood Profiles

Picture of a leafy Toronto neighbourhoodToronto is known for its diversity and culture and this is reflected in its many neighbourhoods. This section provides detailed demographic information about each neighbourhood, prepared by the City's Social Policy Analysis & Research Unit. One of the services of the Social Policy Analysis and Research unit is to provide statistical information relating to the City's population, human services and demography. Reports and links to other studies about Toronto's neighbourhoods are also included.

The neighbourhood profiles were developed to help government and community agencies with their local planning, by providing socio-economic data at a meaningful geographic area. The boundaries of these social planning neighbourhoods do not change over time, allowing researchers to perform longitudinal studies see the changes in each area. Not all people define neighbourhoods the same way, but for the purposes of statistical reporting these neighbourhoods were defined based on Statistics Canada census tracts.

Neighbourhood Updates for the 2016 Census

Data from the 2016 Census of Population is being released by Statistics Canada over the course of 2017, with the final release coming on November 29, 2017. We are in the process of redesigning our neighbourhood profiles in anticipation of the new Census data so that they will better meet the information needs of the community. New profiles are anticipated to be available in late 2017, following the final release of Census profiles data.

In the meantime, neighbourhood-level 2016 Census data is available via the Wellbeing online mapping application, available at: http://www.toronto.ca/wellbeing. Census profile data for 2016 that has already been released by Statistics Canada has been compiled to the neighbourhood level by City of Toronto staff and is available upon request from spar@toronto.ca.

Click the keymap below to select which neighbourhood profile to view: 

neighbourhoods keymap
 

Methodology

Neighbourhoods are built from Statistics Canada Census Tracts. Census tracts include several city blocks and have on average about 4,000 people. Most service agencies have service areas that are defined by main streets, former municipal boundaries, or natural boundaries such as rivers. These service areas include several census tracts. It is not uncommon for service areas of community agencies to overlap. Choices about neighbourhood boundaries were made to make the data in the profiles useful to as many users as possible, and are not intended to be statements or judgments about where a neighbourhood starts or ends. The boundaries for these neighbourhoods were developed using the following criteria:

  1. originally based on an Urban Development Services Residential Communities map, based on planning areas in former municipalities, and existing Public Health neighbourhood planning areas;
  2. no neighbourhood be comprised of a single census tract;
  3. minimum neighbourhood population of at least 7,000 to 10,000;
  4. where census tracts were combined to meet criteria 2 or 3 above, they were joined with the most similar adjacent area according to the percentage of the population living in low income households;
  5. respecting existing boundaries such as service boundaries of community agencies, natural boundaries (rivers), and man-made boundaries (streets, highways, etc.);
  6. maintaining neighbourhood areas small enough for service organizations to combine them to fit within their service area; and
  7. the final number of neighbourhood areas be manageable for the purposes of data presentation and reporting.

Source: Statistics Canada, Census of Population and National Household Survey, 2011. Reproduced and distributed on an "as is" basis with the permission of Statistics Canada under its Open Licence agreement http://www.statcan.gc.ca/eng/reference/licence.

Notes: Neighbourhood profiles use data adapted by City of Toronto from Statistics Canada, Census of Population and National Household Survey, 2011. This does not constitute an endorsement by Statistics Canada of this product.

Please send all inquiries regarding the neighbourhood profiles to spar@toronto.ca. We will respond to your initial inquiry within 2 business days with either the answer to your question or the steps necessary to answer your request.


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