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Councillors on Toronto and East York Community Council
The Toronto and East York Community Council Area occupies 102 sq km (39 sq miles) and its population reached 642,895 in 2006.
The distribution of the population across Toronto and East York (Map 1) reflects the distribution of housing types, with areas of predominantly high-rise apartments showing high concentrations of people. Overall, 44% of occupied private dwellings were in high-rise apartments and 29% were in single-detached houses in 2006, while 54% were owned and 46% rented.
Toronto and East York's population fell by 0.7% between 2001 and 2006, compared with growth of 0.8% for the City as a whole. The map of population change (Map 2) reflects areas of new housing development, such as the Railway Lands, the Kings and the Waterfront. Note, however, that large areas of Toronto and East York are either declining in population or growing very slowly.
About one third of Toronto and East York's population are visible minorities, compared with 52% in the rest of the City. Large areas of Toronto and East York have relatively low levels of visible minorities, with concentrations noticeable in a corridor on either side of Dundas St, as well as a few other neighbourhoods such as Parkdale, St Jamestown and Crescent Town (Map 3).
This is reflected in other ethnocultural characteristics:
- Following English (74%), the top 3 languages spoken in Toronto and East York Community Council area homes in 2006 were:
- Chinese (2.7%)
- Cantonese (2.6%)
- Portuguese (2.5%)
In 2006, 39% of the total population were immigrants, and 8% (one in twelve) of the population arrived in Canada between 2001 and 2006.
The top 3 places of birth among recent immigrants were:
- Eastern Asia (24.0%)
- Southern Asia (21.5%)
- Eastern Europe (9.5%)
The median household income in Toronto and East York in 2005 was $50,981, which is a little lower than the median for the whole City ($52,833). 22% of the households had an income of over $100,000, however. Map 4 shows higher income areas generally in the north and east of Toronto and East York.
About one in four of Toronto and East York's population (25.7%) are considered to be in low income, a similar level to the City as a whole (24.5%). Map 5 shows how concentrations of low income reflect the distribution of visible minorities.
In 2007, there were about 562,800 jobs in Toronto and East York, representing 43% of the City's total employment. About 415,000 of these jobs were in the Downtown.
Note on the maps: The maps are based on data for very small areas known as Dissemination Areas (DAs). One of the prime purposes for this geography is administrative rather than analytical: they are used by Statistics Canada to organize its collection of Census information. Consequently, some of these areas have 'odd' shapes and convoluted boundaries: the variations in data values they indicate may not always be as precise as the boundaries show. Nevertheless, using DAs gives a much better picture of the local variations in demographic characteristics than using the larger Census Tracts would show.
Note on Dwelling Structure data: In 2006, changes to the census enumeration process meant that many dwelling units in structures that may have been previously defined as singles or semis were classified as 'apartments in buildings with less than five storeys,' or as 'apartments or flats in a duplex.'
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