East York (noun)
A borough east of downtown Toronto.
The Bulldog was chosen as the official symbol of East York due to the Bulldog's tenacity and spirit which was abundant in the community.
East York is a former suburb of Toronto, which was a borough of Metropolitan Toronto before it was amalgamated into the megacity in 1998. Its main claim to fame is that, before the amalgamation, it was Canada's only borough. Over the last thirty years East York has become a major arrival point for immigrants, many of whom have established their first Canadian residence in the apartments that are plentiful in Thorncliffe Park and Crescent Town. Most of these groups include Pakistanis, Bengalis, Indians, Philopino's and Sri Lankans. East york also has a very well established Greek population and a developing Chinese community. East York's population was 115,185 in (2001).
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East York's population was 115,185 in 2001 . By the 2006 census, the population had dropped slightly (-2.7%), to 112,054. As East York is no longer a separate municipality, Statistics Canada no longer reports its population (or other statistics). The total population was obtained for this article by summing the census tracts that comprised East York before 2006.
Since the 1970s, the population composition has changed from predominantly British, as East York has become a major arrival point for immigration|immigrants, many of whom have established their first Canadian residence in the apartments that became plentiful in Thorncliffe Park, Crescent Town and elsewhere on or near main streets. Almost half of the population in 2001 (45.1%) was foreign-born, and of these, 49.0% had immigrated to the area between 1991 and 2001. These groups include Bengalis, Indians, Pakistanis, Jamaicans, Filipinos and Sri Lankans. East York also has a well established Greek population and a growing Chinese community. The area is full of middle-class and working-class homes.
The religious affiliations of the East York population are consistent with its ethnic composition. Some 63.4% of the population adheres to Christianity, with an almost even split between Roman Catholic Church|Catholics (23.6%) and Protestantism|Protestants (25.3%). Eastern Orthodox Church|Christian Orthodox and unspecified types of Christianity make up 12.0% and 2.5% respectively. The largest non-Christian religious group is Islam|Muslim, who make up 12.6% of religious adherents, followed by Hinduism (3.7%), Buddhism (1.6%), and Judaism (0.9%). A sizable percentage of the population (17.1%) has no religious affiliation.
While English is the dominant language in the area, nearly half (42.6%) of the population reports that their first language was neither English nor French.
East York lies under 54 and 55 Division (Toronto Police Central Field)