Rexdale

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Rexdale
Neighbourhood
Location of Rexdale within Toronto
Coordinates: 43°43′19″N 79°34′19″W / 43.72194°N 79.57194°W / 43.72194; -79.57194Coordinates: 43°43′19″N 79°34′19″W / 43.72194°N 79.57194°W / 43.72194; -79.57194
Country Canada
Province Ontario
CityToronto Toronto
CommunityEtobicoke-York
Changed Municipality1998 Toronto from Etobicoke
Government
 • MPKirsty Duncan (Etobicoke North)
 • MPPShafiq Qaadri (Etobicoke North)
 • CouncillorDoug Ford, Jr. (Ward 2 Etobicoke North)
 
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Rexdale
Neighbourhood
Location of Rexdale within Toronto
Coordinates: 43°43′19″N 79°34′19″W / 43.72194°N 79.57194°W / 43.72194; -79.57194Coordinates: 43°43′19″N 79°34′19″W / 43.72194°N 79.57194°W / 43.72194; -79.57194
Country Canada
Province Ontario
CityToronto Toronto
CommunityEtobicoke-York
Changed Municipality1998 Toronto from Etobicoke
Government
 • MPKirsty Duncan (Etobicoke North)
 • MPPShafiq Qaadri (Etobicoke North)
 • CouncillorDoug Ford, Jr. (Ward 2 Etobicoke North)

Rexdale is an informally-defined district of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is located north-west of the central core, in the former suburb of Etobicoke. Rexdale defines an area of several official neighbourhoods north of Highway 401 and east of Kipling Avenue. Rexdale was originally a post World War II residential development within Etobicoke, and today is applied to a general area from Malton and Toronto Pearson International Airport in the City of Mississauga to the west, Highway 401 to the south, Steeles Avenue to the north, and the Humber River to the east. It is centred around Rexdale Boulevard and Islington Avenue.

Rexdale was named after local developer Rex Heslop. He represented the area's first residential real estate developer, by building the original suburb north of Highway 401 and east of Kipling Avenue. Rexdale evolved into a suburb of Toronto starting in the late 1950s. Rexdale started with a large English and Scottish population, before evolving into a multicultural neighbourhood in the following decades. The population of Rexdale, according to the 2006 Census, is 94,469 living in 30,238 households. The population grows at a rate comparable to surrounding communities. Rexdale is home to the Canadian Standards Association (CSA), Humber College, University of Guelph-Humber, Woodbine Centre shopping mall, and Woodbine Racetrack.

Communities[edit]

There are a number of neighborhoods within the area known as Rexdale:

Education[edit]

Secular Anglophone public schools are operated by the Toronto District School Board. Before 1998 the Etobicoke Board of Education operated public schools.

In addition to the secular Anglophone public school system, Etobicoke is home to several public separate schools, overseen by the Toronto Catholic District School Board. The Conseil scolaire Viamonde operates secular Francophone schools, and the Conseil scolaire de district catholique Centre-Sud, which operates Catholic Francophone schools.

Previously Marian Academy was located in Rexdale, within an area that, in 2001, was the poorest area of Rexdale.[1]

Notable residents[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

In 2006, Rexdale was the setting of the TV movie Doomstown. The youth TV series How to Be Indie currently takes place in Rexdale.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Royson, James. "Closing school dagger to heart of Rexdale." Toronto Star. December 12, 2001. News p. B01. Retrieved on August 27, 2013.

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