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Canada’s largest city: neighbourhood full demographic profiles: part 1 — Ward 22 waterfront, Toronto island and lower core

At 2.8 million people and growing fast, Toronto is Canada’s largest city — and by far its most diverse. Surrounding Toronto is the “Greater Toronto Area” — full of economic opportunities that are pushing growth, drawing people to the thriving manufacturing and distribution hub, a world-renowned financial centre and a growing tech sector.


Aerial view of Ward 22 (plus other wards surrounding it) encompasing the islands, and lower downtown core (see map.)


Slicing up Toronto into “neighbourhoods”

Although the political boundaries called Wards are a mechanism for voting, they are also a handy way to break up this magnificent city into demographic slices. By combining Census data (the latest Census 2016) with Ward boundaries,’s new series will profile key “wards” and neighbourhoods, giving overviews of:

  • dwellings by type
  • population by age
  • familes/ households
  • immigration and mobility
  • ethnic origin and visible minorities
  • education and labour force
  • income
  • cost of shelter
  • language group.

Today — Ward 22

If you’re looking for a neighbourhood, this is a handy place to start. We will profile a neighbourhood a day. Today’s profile, Ward 22 — the heart of the Toronto waterfront, Toronto Island and the bottom lower core.



Toronto island, the CN Tower and the stadium are all iconic of Toronto — and they dominate the picturesque cityscape known as Ward 22. In addition to the islands themselves, Ward 22 runs up Young Street, sweeps east on King Street, then north again to College, and includes much of the Financial district, theatre district and core downtown excitement. Here is some of what we know from census about Ward 22:

Population Highlights



Dwellings and Structure Types



Social Economic Highlights Including Household Income, Rent and Labour Force


Immigration and Mobility Profile



Household and Family Composition and Languages


Auberge on the Park-Tridel


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