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Bermondsey, Toronto

Bermondsey
Neighbourhood

Coordinates: 43°41′44″N 79°27′00″W / 43.69556°N 79.45000°W / 43.69556; -79.45000

Country  Canada
Province  Ontario
City Toronto Toronto

Bermondsey is an industrial area in Toronto, Canada. It covers a rough triangle with the Don Valley to the west, Eglinton Avenue to the northeast and O'Connor Drive to the southeast. It straddles the border of the former cities of North York and East York. The area is named after Bermondsey Drive that runs through the centre of the district.

As trucks replaced trains and ships as the main method for transporting goods, industries in Toronto no longer needed to be placed near to rail lines or the harbour. As a result a number of industrial areas developed in the Toronto suburbs during the 1950s and 1960s. Bermondsey was one these, as was the Golden Mile located a short distance to the east.[1]

In recent decades the area has steadily lost businesses. While manufacturing has declined in general in Ontario, the smaller, older, buildings and infrastructure of the area are also less attractive to industry than newer industrial areas in areas such as Vaughan.[2]

The area today is home to some 200 firms employing a total of some 7,000 people. About half work in manufacturing, with the others in offices, retail, warehouses and non-profit. The largest employer in the area is the Peek Freans cookie factory. Other major employers in the area are Habitat for Humanity Toronto and its Habitat Toronto ReStore, Epitome Pictures, Bell Canada and the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation. There are also a number of clothing and electronics companies in the area.[3] It is also the location of Metropolitan Preparatory Academy.

List of businesses on Bermondsey

References

Coordinates: 43°43′01″N 79°18′43″W / 43.717°N 79.312°W / 43.717; -79.312

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