Neighbourhoods Are Changing

Social Planning Neighbourhoods are Increasing from 140 to 158 in Number.

Toronto’s existing 140 social planning neighbourhoods have been in existence since the late 1990s. However, in recent years population growth has made each neighbourhood’s population unbalanced in relation to the others. 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. For more information please see the What are the Changes to the Neighbourhoods accordion below. If you are a member of the media, please reach out to

Select Neighbourhood Profiles

The map below shows the City of Toronto’s 140 social planning neighbourhoods displayed by neighbourhood number, and will be updated to 158 neighbourhoods shortly. Click the map to bring up the profile of your neighbourhood or use the lookup features below the map to find your neighbourhood profile. These profiles provide detailed demographic information about each neighbourhood, prepared by the City’s Social Policy Analysis & Research Unit from Statistics Canada Census data (updated every 5 years). You can download the complete 2016 Neighbourhood Profiles data set in one file from the City’s Open Data Portal.





New Neighbourhood Facts:

  • Social Planning Neighbourhoods are Increasing from 140 to 158 in Number
  • 16 old neighbourhoods are replaced with 34 new ones. The rest stay the same
  • Old neighbourhood numbers (like 131 and 137) are retired; new numbers starting at 141 and going up to 174 are introduced
  • There are now 158 neighbourhoods numbered from 1 to 174
  • Outer boundaries of neighbourhoods stay the same; only internal lines are made for new neighbourhoods. This allows old neighbourhoods to be compared to new neighbourhoods
  • Two Neighbourhood Improvement Areas (NIAs) have been split: Woburn 137 (now Woburn North 142 and Golfdale-Woburn) and Downsview-Roding-CFB (now called Downsview and Oakdale-Beverley Heights)
  • Neighbourhood splits follow Statistics Canada’s census tract geography for maximum compatibility with existing datasets
  • The new 158 neighbourhoods will be publicly announced in early 2021
  • An updated map will be posted soon.

If you are a member of the media, please reach out to If you are a user of the 140 neighbourhoods, have more questions or would like a more detailed description of the methodology or shapefiles, please contact 

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. Unlike other geographies like wards or dissemination blocks, the boundaries of these social planning neighbourhoods change very infrequently 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.

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:

  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.


2 Mount Olive-Silverstone-Jamestown
3 Thistletown-Beaumond Heights
5 Elms-Old Rexdale
6 Kingsview Village-The Westway
21 Humber Summit
22 Humbermede
24 Black Creek
25 Glenfield-Jane Heights
26 Downsview-Roding-CFB
27 York University Heights
28 Rustic
43 Victoria Village
44 Flemingdon Park
55 Thorncliffe Park
61 Crescent Town
72 Regent Park
85 South Parkdale
91 Weston-Pellam Park
110 Keelesdale-Eglinton West
111 Rockcliffe-Smythe
112 Beechborough-Greenbrook
113 Weston
115 Mount Dennis
121 Oakridge
124 Kennedy Park
125 Ionview
135 Morningside
136 West Hill
137 Woburn
138 Eglinton East
139 Scarborough Village
8 Humber Heights-Westmount
31 Yorkdale-Glen Park
32 Englemount-Lawrence
35 Westminster-Branson
126 Dorset Park
132 Malvern
116 Steeles
117 L’Amoreaux

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: 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:

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 resource developed by Cynthia A. Brewer at Pennsylvania State University;
  • All data included in these products are available in electronic format by request from; and
  • A text-based description of neighbourhood boundaries is available in electronic format by request from

We welcome your feedback on how we can continue to make these products more accessible. Please contact us at with your feedback.