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North York Centre

North York Centre
Photograph of downtown North York taken in September 2015 from the west side of Yonge Street, facing north, outside the Toronto Centre for the Arts and the Toronto District School Board Education Centre.
Photograph of downtown North York taken in September 2015 from the west side of Yonge Street, facing north, outside the Toronto Centre for the Arts and the Toronto District School Board Education Centre.

North York Centre is a neighbourhood in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Prior to the Amalgamation of Toronto in 1998, it was considered the central business district of the former city of North York. It is located along Yonge Street and surrounds the Toronto subway station of the same name.


The Yonge corridor between Finch and Sheppard Avenues grew extensively after the opening of the subway station. To relieve pressure on downtown Toronto, the Official Plan for Metropolitan Toronto encouraged high-density redevelopment at North York Centre (and other suburban centres) permitting high rise condominium towers and office buildings. In the past decade over 20,000 units of new housing have been approved, and over 16,000 have been built or are under construction. [1] Condominiums pack this strip now growing northward past Finch and extending south from Sheppard toward Highway 401. The area has become an increasingly vibrant part of Toronto due to the dense residential population and numerous commercial and entertainment destinations. In particular, there are many bars and restaurants, of which the majority of them serve the Korean population. Growth has become so rapid that on new condominium projects, the Toronto District School Board and Toronto Catholic District School Board have posted notices stating that they are unable to accommodate new students in local schools.


The North York Centre subway station is accessed through the basement levels of the two shopping malls at the intersection of Yonge Street and Empress Avenue; Empress Walk and North York Centre.

The North York Civic Centre (formerly North York City Hall) contains City of Toronto offices, and faces onto Mel Lastman Square on the west side of Yonge Street.

The Mel Lastman Square as viewed from a building across Yonge Street, with the North York Civic Centre in the background, part of the Toronto District School Board Education Centre on the left, and part of the North York Central Library on the right.

The station serves Earl Haig Secondary School (two blocks east), the adjacent North York Central Library, as well as the Empress Walk shopping centre with a movie theatre (above) and a stage theatre (the Toronto Centre for the Arts, three blocks south).

Gibson House, a museum converted from a mid-19th-century house built by the Canadian politician David Gibson, a Scottish immigrant, land surveyor and participant of the Rebellion of 1837, is also located in this neighbourhood.

A 2001 Census showed that the average household income is approximately $78 000, with a disposable income of $48 000. It is projected that by the year 2011, the average household income will reach $97 000, with a disposable income of $62 000.

External links

North York Centre at night.
  • To the True End of Yonge Street VII:

The Downtown that Mel Built (James Bow)

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