The map below shows the City of Toronto’s 140 neighbourhoods displayed by neighbourhood number. Click the map to bring up the profile of your neighbourhood or use the lookup features below the map to find your neighbourhood profile.
Toronto 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.
You can download the 2016 Neighbourhood Profiles data set from the City’s Open Data Portal, www.toronto.ca/open.
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.
What are Neighbourhoods and How Were they Created?
Not all people define neighbourhoods the same way. The 140 neighbourhoods used by the City of Toronto were developed to help government and community organizations 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 examine changes over time.
In order to ensure high quality social data, the neighbourhoods were defined based on Statistics Canada Census Tract boundaries. Census Tracts include several city blocks and have on average about 4,000 people. Neighbourhoods are comprised of from 2 to 5 Census Tracts.
Like Census Tracts, most service agencies and their programs 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:
- originally based on an Urban Development Services Residential Communities map, based on planning areas in former municipalities, and existing Public Health neighbourhood planning areas;
- no neighbourhood be comprised of a single census tract;
- minimum neighbourhood population of at least 7,000 to 10,000;
- 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;
- respecting existing boundaries such as service boundaries of community agencies, natural boundaries (rivers), and man-made boundaries (streets, highways, etc.);
- maintaining neighbourhood areas small enough for service organizations to combine them to fit within their service area; and
- the final number of neighbourhood areas be manageable for the purposes of data presentation and reporting.
2016 Neighbourhood Profiles
The 2016 Neighbourhood Profiles are based on data collected by Statistics Canada in its 2016 Census of Population. Data is gathered from the Census Profile as well as a number of other tables, including Core Housing Need, living arrangements and income sources. Some of the data was retrieved directly from Statistics Canada and some tables were accessed via the Community Data Program.
Not all of the data retrieved is presented in the profiles. Users wishing to access the full neighbourhoods 2016 Census data set should download the data from the Open Data portal: www.toronto.ca/open. Search the catalogue for “neighbourhood” to find the Neighbourhood Profiles data set and many more sources of neighbourhood-level data.
Neighbourhood-level 2016 Census data is also available via the Wellbeing online mapping application, available at: www.toronto.ca/wellbeing.
Source: Statistics Canada, Census of Population, 2016. Reproduced and distributed on an “as is” basis with the permission of Statistics Canada under its Open Licence agreement.
Note: Neighbourhood profiles use data adapted by City of Toronto from Statistics Canada, Census of Population, 2016. This does not constitute an endorsement by Statistics Canada of this product.
The City of Toronto strives to make its information products available in accessible formats. Some accessibility features have been incorporated into the 2016 version of this product, including:
- Colour schemes were selected to be colour blind friendly and, where possible, printable in black and white, using the www.colorbrewer2.org resource developed by Cynthia A. Brewer at Pennsylvania State University;
- All data included in these products are available in electronic format by request from firstname.lastname@example.org; and
- A text-based description of neighbourhood boundaries is available in electronic format by request from email@example.com.
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