The 2021 census results were released last week by Statistics Canada. Some interesting information when the numbers are compared to the last census conducted in 2016. Due to the splitting of the Bay Street Corridor census area into basically half, the Bay Cloverhill neighbourhood is now separated from the Bay Street Corridor area south of College.
The City of Toronto’s population grew 2.3%, to 2,794,356 residents. In that same period the Bay Cloverhill neighbourhood, plus the block north of Charles (Yonge/Bloor/Queen’s Park/College) grew substantially by 19.8% to 17,591.
The number of private dwellings increased 6.3% to 1,253,238 for the City and by 4.7% for Bay Cloverhill to 12,891.
Population density per square kilometre slightly decreased for Toronto to 4,427.8, and Bay Cloverhill grew by a whopping 115.8% to 25,416.8.
As you can see, there has been massive population growth in the Bay Cloverhill neighbourhood over the past 5 years. This trend will continue with the many planned projects or condominium buildings under development.
The challenges of balancing the need for housing and the ability for a municipality to define the character of a city have been raised by the Report of the Ontario Housing Affordability Task Force that was just released. This puts the Yonge Street Heritage Conservation District (which is currently before the Ontario Land Tribunal) in jeopardy. It would transfer zoning, density and urban design standard control from the City of Toronto to the Province of Ontario. Concerns about sustainable development and public input on development projects are heightened.