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Residences in Clairlea
|Changed Municipality||1998 Toronto from Scarborough|
|• MP||Bill Blair (Scarborough Southwest)|
|• MPP||Doly Begum (Scarborough Southwest)|
|• Councillor||Michelle Holland (Ward 35 Scarborough Centre)|
Clairlea is a neighbourhood of Scarborough, in the city of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The neighbourhood is located in the western part of Scarborough just east of Victoria Park Avenue. To the north it is bounded by Eglinton Avenue and to the south by Taylor-Massey Creek and the railway tracks.
In the 19th century the intersection of St. Clair and Victoria Park was home to a small village named Moffat's Corners, and the rest of the region was rural. Clairlea was one of the first parts of Scarborough to be developed as a Toronto suburb, being transformed in the early 1950s. Today it is a middle income neighbourhood that features many affordable homes and mature streets. The Warden Woods ravine is the landmark of the neighbourhood, offering some downtown nature.
There is a large Filipino contingency in this neighbourhood, at least compared to the rest of the city (8%) and a correspondingly large number of residents who speak Tagalog. Filipino born individuals accounted for 2% of this census tract population in 2006, in 2011 Filipino born dwellers made up 9.9% of the total CT population. This is not surprising as in 2011, Philippines went from third most common Place of Birth in Canada to first most common (Census Canada, 2006, NHS, 2011). The neighbourhood is quite diverse from languages spoken to religions practiced which is typical in the city of Toronto.
Two public school boards operate schools within Clairlea, the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB), and the Toronto District School Board (TDSB). TCDSB is a public separate school board, whereas TDSB is a public secular school board.
TDSB operates several institutions in the neighbourhood, including one public secondary school, W. A. Porter Collegiate Institute. In addition to a secondary school, TDSB also operates two public elementary schools Clairlea Public School, and Regent Heights Public School. TCDSB operates only one public elementary school in the neighbourhood, Our Lady of Fatima School, and no secondary schools. Because TCDSB does not operate a secondary school in Clairlea, TCDSB students residing in Clairlea attend secondary schools in adjacent neighbourhoods.
The French first language school boards Conseil scolaire Viamonde (CSV) and the Conseil scolaire catholique MonAvenir (CSCM) also serves students residing Clairlea. However, neither school board operates an institution in the neighbourhood, requiring them to attend CSV or CSCM schools in adjacent neighbourhoods.
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