University—Rosedale lies about 450 kilometres from Parliament Hill, a drive of just over four hours.
This urban riding, part of downtown Toronto, is bordered by the Don River on the east. The Canadian Pacific Railway runs through the riding.
About 32% of the riding’s population are immigrants, with some of the largest populations born in China, Portugal, and the United Kingdom.
Mandarin, Cantonese, and Portuguese, are the most common non-official mother tongues in the riding.
Less than 1% of the riding’s population identify as Aboriginal.
Average individual income is $98,820.
The Royal Ontario Museum is Canada’s largest museum. The “ROM” houses over six million objects, including 16 pieces designated as “Iconic Objects” for their international significance.
With its large student population and location in downtown Toronto, University—Rosedale is home to a thriving nightlife.
The Rosedale neighbourhood has some of the most expensive real estate in Canada. Because the original estate was built between forested ravines, 61% of the neighbourhood is covered by trees, the highest percentage in Toronto. The city of Toronto itself is around 28% covered in trees.
Rosedale Park is home to an annual spring party, May Fair, held on the first Saturday in May.
Some of the main industries in the riding are professional and technical services, educational services, insurance and finance, and retail.
The average income of University—Rosedale is one of the highest in the country at $71,617 compared to the national average of $33,998, but the median individual income is $31,854 compared to the national average of $27,334.
The City of Toronto adopted a city-wide climate change action plan in 2007 aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The 2020 goal is to reduce the city’s contribution by 6,600,000 tonnes a year with the help of residents, businesses and community groups. The plan even includes an increase in community gardens and community energy planning.
Both the Ontario Legislative Building (completed in 1893) and the University of Toronto (established in 1827) are located in this riding and have been the site of a number of historical milestones. The University of Toronto boosts an impressive list of alumni including four prime ministers of Canada, 14 justices of the Supreme Court, ten Nobel laureates and two Governors General.
The Native Canadian Centre of Toronto is located in the riding. Since 1962 the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto has been a key meeting place for all people, of all nations, from across Canada and all over the world. As Toronto’s oldest Indigenous community organization and one of the original Friendship Centres in Canada, the NCCT provides social, recreational, cultural and spiritual services for the Indigenous community and visitors alike.
Around 900 people in University—Rosedale identity as being indigenous and 1455 people identify as having Aboriginal ancestry.