Lying just under 400 km southwest from Ottawa, Scarborough—Guildwood is about a five-hour drive from Parliament Hill. It is easily accessible via Hwy. 401 and Kingston Road, and the Lakeshore East GO train line. It is also serviced by the TTC.
The riding’s southern border sits on the shores of Lake Ontario. To the west it is bordered by Markham road, Bellamy Road North, and McCowan Road, to the east by Morningside Avenue and to the north by the 401. Two branches of the Highland Creek run through the riding, and it features the spacious Morningside Park and Highland Creek Park.
Around 54% of residents are immigrants to Canada, with the largest shares from India, Sri Lanka, and the Philippines. The most common non-official languages include Tamil, Gujarati, Hindi and Tagalog/Filipino. Cree languages are the most common Indigenous languages.
With the number of municipal parks in the riding, residents of Scarborough—Guildwood have plenty of access to parks and greenspace.
The Scarborough Golf and Country Club is in the riding and there are a number of City of Toronto recreation facilities in the area.
Musicians Ed Robertson and Steven Page, the founders of the Barenaked Ladies, attended Churchill Heights Public School in the riding.
Guild Park and Gardens, one of the largest parks in the area, was used as a training base for the Women's Royal Naval Service during the Second World War.
Manufacturing, retail, and health care and social assistance are important industries in Scarborough—Guildwood.
The average individual income is $31,720, while the median income is $23,057.
In 2011, the unemployment rate in the riding was 13.1%. About 29% of the workforce has some form of postsecondary education.
The City of Toronto’s “Scarborough on the Move” consultation has identified that some residents in this riding see a need for better public transportation, and more greenspaces in the area as well as more trees planted to absorb pollution from vehicles. There have also been calls for bike lanes to reduce reliance on cars or public transportation where possible, and an end to sidewalks that go nowhere.
Guild Park and Gardens, located in the south end of the riding, was originally created as a private estate in 1914. The property became a haven for the arts community under its second set of owners: Rosa Hewetson Clark and Spencer Clark. After the Second World War, the Clarks collected fragments of demolished buildings from Toronto and elsewhere in the province and brought them to their estate for preservation. The estate became a public park in the 1970s.