Situated at the crossroads of the former borough's of York and North York, Ward 15 is home to over sixty thousand residents in a geographically and culturally diverse part of Toronto stretching from Oakwood Village to the 401, and Bathurst street to the CN Railroad just west of Caledonia Road. With almost seventy percent of its residents being first generation Canadians, a wide variety of backgrounds are represented including vibrant Italian, Filipino, Jewish and Caribbean communities.
Ward 15 is proud to house several important institutions including the internationally renowned Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care, and the groundbreaking Villa Charities and Columbus Centre. Complementing its large population of seniors, its demographic mix has nevertheless been changing with increasing numbers of young and growing families living and working side by side. Its economic diversity encompasses individuals and families from all income classes, which are reflected in its local commercial assets including the Yorkdale Shopping Centre, the Castlefield-Caledonia manufacturing and employments zones, and the small business corridors along Dufferin Street and Eglinton, Lawrence, Oakwood and Marlee Avenues.
What ultimately makes Ward 15 special however, are its residents who everyday are applying the diversity of their backgrounds and experience in the pursuit of more liveable communities. With major local infrastructure investments being planned including the Eglinton Crosstown rapid transit line, Ward 15 today is on the cusp of a transformation and the active engagement of its constituents are needed more than over. Many residents already give generously of themselves to school committees, charities, faith, business and community groups, and if you are thinking about getting involved as well – please don't hesitate to contact a local organization or my office today!