Toronto Neighbourhoods
Waterfront Communities - The Islands

In this Neighbourhood Guide, you'll find out more about the people who live here as well as the schools, parks and recreation facilities, homes, and more.

Neighbourhood Vibe

This neighbourhood has several distinct pockets, from glass condo towers to heritage streets.

Property Pulse

Mostly condos and apartments with newer homes, floor-to-ceiling windows, and spacious layouts.

Community Canvas

A diverse community of highly educated individuals from various ethnic backgrounds.

What You'll Love

The abundance of parks and recreational facilities, waterfront access, and proximity to downtown attractions.

Have a look around Waterfront Communities - The Islands.

This neighbourhood has a dynamic population, and is popular with highly educated people, people in their 20s, people in their 30s, people in their 40s, and people in their 50s. Toronto's harbour has been used since the founding of Toronto for shipping and industrial purposes. It is a waterfront community rich in heritage buildings, including the Canada Malting Silos site, the Crosse and Blackwell building at the southeast corner of Lake Shore Boulevard West and Bathurst Street, and the Tip Top Tailor building on the southwest corner of Lake Shore Boulevard West and Stadium Road. Comprising the only group of islands in the western part of Lake Ontario, the Toronto Islands are located just offshore from the city centre, and provide shelter for Toronto Harbour. This neighbourhood contains the condo-dense area known as Cityplace in addition to parts of the Fashion District and Corktown.

People & Families in Waterfront Communities - The Islands

Families with kids make up 11% of households in Waterfront Communities - The Islands, while couples without children make up 24% of households and 54% of households are one person living alone. People in Waterfront Communities - The Islands come from 199 different ethnic origins, and 44% are first-generation immigrants, while 27% are second-generation immigrants.

Neighbourhood Households

40,755

Neighbourhood Population

65,913

Household Size

  • 1 person - 54%
  • 2 persons - 35%
  • 3 persons - 7%
  • 4 persons - 2%
  • 5 or more persons - 0%

Household Types

  • One-person households - 54%
  • Non-family households - 10%
  • Families with children - 10%
  • Couples without children - 23%
  • Multiple families in household - 0%

Children Per Family

  • 1 child - 21%
  • 2 children - 7%
  • 3 or more children - 2%

Broad Age Ranges

  • 0 to 14 years - 5%
  • 15 to 64 years - 87%
  • 65 years and over - 7%

Most Common Ethnic Origins

  • English - 16%
  • Irish - 14%
  • Chinese - 14%
  • Canadian - 13%
  • Scottish - 12%

Age of Primary Household Maintainer

  • 15 to 24 years - 8%
  • 25 to 34 years - 45%
  • 35 to 44 years - 19%
  • 45 to 54 years - 10%
  • 55 to 64 years - 7%
  • 65 to 74 years - 5%
  • 75 to 84 years - 2%
  • 85 years and over - 0%

Specific Age Groups

  • 0 to 4 years - 3%
  • 5 to 9 years - 1%
  • 10 to 14 years - 0%
  • 15 to 19 years - 1%
  • 20 to 29 years - 33%
  • 30 to 39 years - 28%
  • 40 to 49 years - 10%
  • 50 to 59 years - 7%
  • 60 to 69 years - 5%
  • over 70 years - 2%

Waterfront Communities - The Islands Schools

Waterfront Communities - The Islands has great elementary schools, great secondary schools, elementary special programs, and secondary special programs. There are 13 public schools, 6 Catholic schools, 1 private school, and 4 alternative/special schools serving this neighbourhood. The special programs offered at local schools include International Baccalaureate and French Immersion.

Public Schools

13

Catholic Schools

6

Private Schools

1

Having Fun in Waterfront Communities - The Islands

Fun is easy to find at the many parks & rec facilities here. Parks in Waterfront Communities - The Islands feature playgrounds for kids, sports parks, dog parks, swimming, skating, and water access. There are 33 parks in this neighbourhood, with 104 recreational facilities in total. The average number of facilities per park is 3.

Number of Parks

33

Number of Recreation Facilities

104

Recreation Facilities in Neighbourhood Parks

  • Playgrounds - 15
  • Dog Parks - 5
  • Pool - 1
  • Rink - 1
  • Tennis Courts - 6
  • Volleyball Courts - 3
  • Basketball Courts - 3
  • Ball Diamonds - 6
  • Sports Fields - 6
  • Tracks - 2
  • Community Centres - 2
  • Splash Pads - 13
  • Beaches - 9
  • Sports Court - 1
  • Outdoor Games Facilities - 2
  • Boating Facilities - 5
  • Botanical Gardens - 2
  • Community Garden - 1
  • Trails - 12
  • Arts/Performance Facilities - 3
  • Fitness/Weight Rooms - 3
  • Gyms - 3
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Getting Around in Waterfront Communities - The Islands

There are 269 transit stops in this neighbourhood. Rail stations include Queen's Park Station. In Waterfront Communities - The Islands, there are a mix of commute types, most commute within the city, and people have mostly medium commutes.

Commute Destination for Residents

  • Commute within the city - 89%
  • Commute to another city - 10%

Commute Types

  • Vehicle - 21%
  • Transit - 25%
  • Walk/bike - 50%

Commute Times of Residents

  • 15 to 29 minutes - 41%
  • 30 to 44 minutes - 22%
  • 45 to 59 minutes - 7%
  • 60 minutes and over - 6%
  • Less than 15 minutes - 21%

Work and Education in Waterfront Communities - The Islands

This neighbourhood is popular with highly educated people, with 72% of adult residents holding a bachelor's degree or higher and 89% having any postsecondary education. The professional, scientific and technical services industry is the most common for residents.

Household Income

  • Under $30,000 - 15%
  • $30,000 to $39,999 - 4%
  • $40,000 to $49,999 - 6%
  • $50,000 to $59,999 - 6%
  • $60,000 to $69,999 - 7%
  • $70,000 to $79,999 - 7%
  • $80,000 to $89,999 - 6%
  • $90,000 to $99,999 - 5%
  • $100,000 to $124,999 - 11%
  • $125,000 to $149,999 - 7%
  • $150,000 to $199,999 - 8%
  • $200,000 and over - 9%

Most Common Occupations (Top 3)

  • Business, finance and administration occupations - 26%
  • Management occupations - 18%
  • Sales and service occupations - 15%

Most Common Industries (Top 3)

  • Professional, scientific and technical services - 24%
  • Finance and insurance - 19%
  • Information and cultural industries - 6%

Employment

  • Employed - 78% of people over age 15 are employed
  • Unemployed - 4% are unemployed
  • Not in the labour force - 17% are retired, students, homemakers, etc.

Waterfront Communities - The Islands Homes

In Waterfront Communities - The Islands, there are mostly condos and apartments. Waterfront Communities - The Islands has a dynamic population, with 72% of households having moved within the past 5 years and 32% having moved within the past year. It has mostly newer homes and is a mix of owner and renter-occupied.

Home Types

  • Single-detached house - 0%
  • Semi-detached house - 0%
  • Duplex - 0%
  • Row house - 1%
  • Low-rise apartment/condo - 1%
  • High-rise apartment/condo - 96%

Condominium Status

  • Condominium - 87%
  • Not condominium - 12%

Number of Bedrooms in Homes

  • 1 bedroom - 60%
  • 2 bedrooms - 32%
  • 3 bedrooms - 4%
  • No bedrooms - 2%
  • 4 or more bedrooms - 0%

Period of Home Construction

  • 1961 to 1980 - 6%
  • 1981 to 1990 - 8%
  • 1991 to 2000 - 9%
  • 2001 to 2005 - 14%
  • 2006 to 2010 - 23%
  • 2011 to 2016 - 34%
  • 1960 or before - 1%

Renters & Owners

  • Owner - 41%
  • Renter - 58%
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