Eglinton West

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Eglinton Avenue West at Oakwood Avenue, the future site of Oakwood LRT station

Eglinton West, also known as Little Jamaica,[1] is an ethnic enclave in the York district of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is situated along Eglinton Avenue West, from Allen Road to Keele Street, and is part of four neighbourhoods: Silverthorn, Briar Hill–Belgravia, Caledonia–Fairbank, and Oakwood–Vaughan. There are many Jamaican businesses along this strip. There are also businesses of other Caribbean/West Indian communities, including Trinidadian, Bajan, Grenadian and Guyanese among others. The businesses along Eglinton Avenue West are frequented by many in the Greater Toronto Area's 177,000-plus Jamaican community.[2] The area overlaps the York–Eglinton Business Improvement Area, which stretches from Marlee Avenue in the east to Chamberlain Avenue in the west (just west of Dufferin Street).

The laneway behind storefronts on the south side of Eglinton was officially named "Reggae Lane" in 2014, in honour of its heritage as a hot spot for reggae in the 1970s and 1980s.[3]


  1. ^ "Little Jamaica Competition is stiff in the shopping area that has sprung up along Eglinton Ave. to cater to the tastes of a growing West Indian community." Ashante Infantry. Toronto Star. Aug 7, 1995. pg. C.1
  2. ^ NHS Profile, Toronto, CMA, Ontario, 2011 Statistics Canada. Accessed on January 8, 2014.
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Coordinates: 43°41′40″N 79°27′19″W / 43.69454°N 79.4553°W / 43.69454; -79.4553