Thorncliffe Park is considered an “arrival city” as it has welcomed many waves of immigration to Toronto. It is a diverse neighbourhood growing faster than the rest of the City, and investment into this vibrant community has not kept pace with its growth. In 2014, Thorncliffe Park has been identified as one of the city’s 13 Neighbourhood Improvement Areas (NIA).

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Developed in the 1950s, Thorncliffe Park was one of Toronto’s first multi-residential, high-rise rental apartment communities developed as a response to the post-war housing boom and influx of immigrants moving to Toronto. The master plan was designed to maximize density and leave ample open space for recreation and parking.

The neighbourhood grew out of the Thorncliffe Park Raceway site as a modern, mixed-use development. It had one of the earliest enclosed and anchored shopping centres (now East York Town Centre) and was a significant regional employer in the retail, commercial, and industrial sectors. From 1965 to 2012, Thorncliffe Park was the home of Coca-Cola’s Canadian head office which has been redeveloped into a Costco.

Today, Thorncliffe Park continues to be largely a community of renters, and is home to three schools, a library, a community centre, and a plethora of retail establishments.

Grassroot Groups in the neighbourhood

The Thorncliffe and Flemingdon neighbourhoods are rich in community and activism. We want to showcase our neighbourhood’s diverse community and its leaders. If you represent a local grassroot group that you’d like to share with residents on our website, please fill out this form and we’ll get in touch.

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Engaged Communities

Flemingdon Community Farm

Friends of Flemingdon

Friends of Thorncliffe

Leaside Towers Tenants Association

Neighbours Night Out in Thorncliffe

Parenting Group

Thorncliffe Collaborative for Muslim Families and Children

Thorncliffe Park Autism Support Network (TPASN)

Thorncliffe Wellness Cafe Adults Group

Thorncliffe Park Women’s Committee

Thorncliffe-Flemingdon Residents Council

For the last 40 years, health and social services organizations in Thorncliffe and Flemingdon Parks have been working together to improve local healthcare and create an integrated system of care across our community. Building on this long history of partnership, anchor organizations came together to form several networks and initiatives, such as the Thorncliffe Park Community Hub, the Flemingdon-Thorncliffe Inter-agency Network, and the East Toronto Health Partners.

These networks provide care and support to the ~55,000 individuals living in Thorncliffe and Flemingdon communities as well as others who choose to receive care in the neighbourhood. They include 50+ community, primary care, home care, hospital and social services organizations working together with patients, families and local residents to co-design a local healthcare system that works better for everyone and where patients and families receive more integrated care closer to home.

The emergence of these networks has generated a need to strengthen engagement and collaboration with local residents. The Thorncliffe-Flemingdon Residents Council (the Council) is key to moving forward the work recommended by these networks. Membership in the Council is drawn from community residents from the Thorncliffe and Flemingdon neighbourhoods and include non-voting representation from these networks and their governing bodies. The Council is collectively responsible for supporting the work being undertaken in Thorncliffe and Flemingdon Park and advocating for local emerging issues. See below for current membership.

Abdul Rashid Athar

Ali Meghani

Arshi Ali

Fatima Ali

Hamza Shahid

Mukund Shanbhag

Nazareh Shaikh

Nebat Yousuf

Safeera Hatia

Safeera Mulla

Sameer Sayed

Todd O’Reilly

Reports & Publications

2016 Thorncliffe Park Neighbourhood Census Profile by City of Toronto (PDF)


2016 East Toronto Sub-Region Neighbourhood Profile by Toronto Central LHIN (PDF)