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Rockliffe-Smythe
—  Neighbourhood  —
Coordinates: 43°40′31″N 79°29′19″W / 43.67528°N 79.48861°W / 43.67528; -79.48861
Country  Canada
Province  Ontario
City Toronto Toronto
Community Etobicoke-York
Changed Municipality 1998 Toronto from York
Government
 - MP Alan Tonks (York South—Weston)
 - MPP Laura Albanese (York South—Weston)
 - Councillor Frances Nunziata (Ward 11 York South-Weston)

Rockcliffe-Smythe is a neighbourhood in Toronto, Canada, north-west of downtown, located in the former City of York. The boundaries, as defined by the city are Eglinton Avenue West to the north from the Humber to Jane Street. It then proceeds south along Jane to Lambton, and follows Lambton past Weston Road to the north-south railway lines to the east. The boundary follows the railway south to The eastern boundary then veers south and west along neighbourhood streets until it reaches St. Clair Avenue West, then south along Runnymede Road to the east-west railway line. The boundary then follows the railway line to the Humber River, and follows the Humber River north to Eglinton. It is in Ward 11 (York-South Weston) of the City of Toronto.

As with many neighbourhoods defined by the city, there are often more traditional names for pockets of the city. Directly north-east of Jane Street and St. Clair West is an area called Syme, named after George Syme. Further to the east (beyond Hilldale road) is another pocket called Harwood. Harwood is bordered almost by creek in all directions.

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Development

The area had been farmed since the 1800s. One of the first large-scale developments in the area was the opening of the Smythe gravel pit in the 1920s, by Conn Smythe. After World War II, after the gravel pit was used up, the pit and surrounding area was sub-divided and developed. Smythe made homes available to returning servicemen and families, losing money on each. The neighbourhood has retained the Smythe name ever since. Smythe Park exists today on the site of the pit and is the site of the Smythe Park Recreation and Community Centre.

Character

The area is predominately residential in nature, and mostly single-family detached homes. There are apartment buildings in developments along Jane Street, Scarlett Road and Humber Boulevard. There is industry along the rail lines to the east and south and in pockets. There is some retail along St. Clair Avenue and Weston Road.

This neighbourhood has large amounts of green space including the centrally located Smythe Park. The entire western boundary is green space including Lambton Park, and Lambton and Scarlett Woods golf courses. Black Creek meets the Humber in the neighbourhood. The Black Creek enters the neighbourhood from the north-east, travelling through a concrete culvert in the center of Humber Boulevard and through concrete through parks and to the Humber.

Schools

  • Cordella Avenue Junior Public School - A public elementary school located at 175 Cordella Avenue, at the end of Black Creek Drive on the west side of Weston Road. It first opened in 1960 and was expanded in 1970 to include additional classroom space.
  • George Syme Community School is a large public elementary school on Pritchard Avenue, near Jane Street and St. Clair Avenue. The original four-room George Syme School opened in 1909 and was replaced by the current building in 1970. It is a shared use facility, and is also home to adult ESL classes, the Syme-Woolner Neighbourhood and Family Centre, George Syme Daycare, International Language Programs and Escuela Pioneros de la Paz.
  • Harwood Public School is a public elementary school located on Leigh Street, off McCormack Street, west of Weston Road. It was founded in 1928.
  • Rockcliffe Middle School is a middle school is a school for grade 6-8 students, on Rockcliffe Boulevard, close to the intersection of Jane Street and St. Clair.
  • Roselands Junior Public School is a public elementary school located south of Eglinton Avenue on Jane Street. The school celebrated its 75th anniversary in 1997 and has gained a reputation for "Excellence in Education". The school is wheelchair accessible with handicapped parking spaces located close to the building.

Demographics

This neighbourhood is one of the lowest in Toronto in terms of average income and average house price according to the 2001 Census (source:Statistics Canada 2001). It is culturally diverse with an above average number of Latin American descendants. There are also large groups of Portuguese ethnicity (mainly in Harwood) and Caribbean ethnicity (mainly in the Jane-Woolner area) descendants.

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Home languages

In 2006, the top 11 languages used at home by residents of Rockcliffe-Smythe were:[1]

  1. English: 61.40%
  2. Portuguese: 7.28%
  3. Spanish: 6.83%
  4. Vietnamese 3.91%
  5. Italian 2.28%
  6. Chinese 1.45%
  7. Polish 1.16%
  8. Ukrainian 1.03%
  9. Tagalog 0.85%
  10. Urdu 0.76%
  11. Somali 0.63%

At 0.11%, French does not rank in the top 11.

Ethnicity

According to the 2006 Canadian Census.

Harwood

58% Immigrants

53% Visible Minority

24% Black [large percentage around Humber Blvd.]

11% Latin American

8% South Asian

4% Southeast Asian

5% Other

Cordella/South Mount Dennis

51% Immigrants

45% Visible Minority

14% Latin American

8% Southeast Asian

6% Black

5% Chinese

4% Filipino

4% South Asian

2% West Asian

1% Other

Woolner/Rockcliffe

63% Immigrants

70% Visible Minority

27% Black [large percentage around Jane-Woolner]

15% Latin American

11% South Asian

7% Southeast Asian

3% Chinese

3% Filipino

4% Other

Lambton

49% Immigrants

23% Visible Minority

8% Black

4% Latin American

3% South Asian

2% Southeast Asian

2% Filipino

4% Other

Runnymede/Smythe

51% Immigrants

51% Visible Minority

14% Latin American

11% Black

7% South Asian

7% Filipino

6% Southeast Asian

2% Aboriginal

4% Other

Main streets

The area is centered by Jane Street a north-south four-lane arterial road, which enters the neighbourhood from the south and continues north out of the neighbourhood. To the west, Scarlett Road is another arterial road running north-westerly from Dundas Street to the north-west corner of the neighbourhood. The central east-west artery from Jane to Weston is Alliance Avenue and Humber Boulevard. To the east, Weston Road is a major four-lane arterial road in a north-westerly direction.

Transportation

The area is served by several Toronto Transit Commission bus lines, including the Route 35 Jane along Jane Street from Jane subway station and the Routes 71 Runnymede and 79 Scarlett Road along Runnymede Road, which originate at Runnymede subway station. Along the east, the Route 89 Weston bus line runs along Weston Road to Keele subway station and the 161 Rogers Road loops within the neighbourhood and goes to the east, meeting the subway at Ossington subway station.

New light rail transit routes are planned for both Jane and Eglinton.[1]

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