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—  Dissolved Municipality  —
One of the earliest photographs of Downtown Toronto

Coat of arms
Nickname(s): 'Toronto the Good', 'Queen City', 'Hogtown'
Motto: Industry, Intelligence, Integrity
City of Toronto before 1998 in red
Coordinates: 43°39′09″N 79°22′54″W / 43.6525°N 79.38167°W / 43.6525; -79.38167
Country  Canada
Province  Ontario
'Megacity' Toronto Toronto
Established 1834 (City of Toronto) from Town of York
Changed Region 1954 Flag of Metropolitan Toronto.svg Metropolitan Toronto from York County
Amalgamated 1 January 1998 into Toronto
 - Mayor List of mayors of Toronto
 - Governing Body Toronto City Council
 - MPs Carolyn Bennett, Olivia Chow, Bob Rae, Jack Layton, Maria Minna, Gerard Kennedy, Mario Silva
 - MPPs
Area [1]
 - Total 97.15 km2 (37.5 sq mi)
Population (2001)[1]
 - Total 676,352
 - Density 6,961.9/km2 (18,031.2/sq mi)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code(s) 416, 647
Former 'T' logo design represented the two towers of Toronto's City Hall

The former City of Toronto refers to Toronto, Ontario, Canada, as it existed before the "megacity" amalgamation of 1998. It was first incorporated as a city in 1834 (see History of Toronto) and its boundaries had last been extended in 1967. It is sometimes referred to as the "South" or "Central" district; terms such as "the downtown core" are sometimes used, but these may also refer to a much smaller area at the heart of the old city. In cases where its former boundaries remain relevant for legal or jurisdictional purposes, terminology such as "the former City of Toronto" is often used.

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History of Toronto

Old City Hall.jpg

Town of York (1793–1834)
City of Toronto (1834–1954)
Metropolitan Toronto (1954–1998)
'Megacity' Toronto (1998–present)
Toronto Purchase 1787
Battle of York 1813
Battle of Montgomery's Tavern 1837
Great Fire of Toronto 1904
Hurricane Hazel (effects) 1954
Amalgamation 1967 1998
Etymology of 'Toronto'
History of Neighbourhoods
Oldest buildings and structures
Timeline of Toronto history
Toronto portal ·  

Some district names such as "The Fashion District" (referring to the King-Spadina area) are used as marketing for the areas or by Business Improvement Associations (BIAs; also known as Ratepayer organizations). Another example is "Old Town of York", at King and Parliament. Many were recreated or branded to reconnect the areas with its past history, early beginnings, or even recent use and prominence. Some historical city "wards", considered neighbourhoods at one time, are no longer used for neighbourhood distinction as they once were; for example, St. George and St. Patrick wards. The use for St. Lawrence ward has remained, known today just as "St. Lawrence". The population of the Old City district was 676,352 as of the 2001 census, living on a land area of 97.15 km² (37.51 sq mi).

The old city is also called Old Toronto, but this term has historically referred to Toronto's boundaries before the Great Toronto Fire of 1904, when much of city's development was to the east of Yonge Street, as opposed to 20th century development which tended to extend the city westward, leaving the east side underdeveloped; a trend which is only being significantly reversed in the first decade of the 21st century.


In 2001, the old City of Toronto's population was 70% White, 10% Chinese, 5% Black, 5% South Asian, 3% Filipino, 2% Latin American, 2% Southeast Asian, 1% Korean, and 2% Other. [1]

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