The first settlers took up land in what would become North York in 1795. The area remained primarily agricultural until well into the 20th century. In 1922 when the township of North York was created, the population was still under 6000. The expansion of Toronto into a metropolitan centre had considerable impact on North York, which was transformed in the 1950s and 1960s into a suburban community and an integral part of Metropolitan Toronto.
As its population increased its municipal status rose to borough in 1967 and later to city in 1979. North York is home to a number of significant institutions including YORK UNIVERSITY, Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology, the Ontario Science Centre, BLACK CREEK PIONEER VILLAGE and the Ford Centre for the Performing Arts. It is also home to renowned hospitals and prior to amalgamation with Toronto, had the second-largest manufacturing base in Ontario.
Author DEBORAH WELCH and MICHAEL PAYNE
Links to Other Sites
Toronto in Time
Peer into Toronto's past through a fascinating collection of "then and now" photographs and stories featured in the "Toronto in Time" app (available on iOS and Android devices). From The Canadian Encyclopedia and the Historica-Dominion Institute.
The official website for the City of Toronto, Ontario.