Hillcrest Village is a neighbourhood located in the district of North York at the northernmost tip of the city of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Hillcrest Village is considered by some to be part of the Don Valley Village, the neighbourhood directly to the south; however, it is quite distinct. It is bordered by Finch to the South, Leslie Street to the West, Steeles to the North and Victoria Park to the East. Both neighbourhoods share the Don Valley as a point of reference in the Eastern border of the neighbourhoods.
The Don Valley provides an interesting hillside landscape in the East end of the neighbourhood. In conjunction with Duncan Creek and numerous parks the area has some natural splendour to enjoy.
Hillcrest Village is home to one of Toronto's most popular Chinese areas. The top ethnicity in the area is by far Chinese and most recent immigrants to the area continue to arrive from China, Hong Kong and Korea. While there is social housing in the area and a large percentage of residents earning low incomes, many residents earn incomes in the top tax brackets. The 75%+ home ownership rate is another indicator of affluence in the area. However, with considerable little change to the lower income class in one of the census tracks, many people from the middle income class are gradually moving up to the upper income class.
For comparison reasons, one of the census tracks within Hillcrest has roughly 64% of immigrant, 34% non-immigrant, and 2% non-permanent residents in the 2011 National Household survey. With a small increase in immigrant numbers from 2006, it is quite unnoticeable considering the large number of residents within Hillcrest Village.
Three public school boards operate schools in Hillcrest Village. The Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) is a separate public school board, whereas Conseil scolaire Viamonde (CSV) and Toronto District School Board (TDSB) are secular public school boards, the former being French first language school board, and the latter being English first language school board. Elementary schools in Hillcrest Village that are operated by the aforementioned school boards includes:
- Arbor Glen Public School (TDSB)
- Cliffwood Public School (TDSB)
- Cherokee Public School (TDSB)
- Cresthaven Public School (TDSB)
- École élémentaire Paul-Demers (CSV)
- Highland Middle School (TDSB)
- Hillmount Public School (TDSB)
- Our Lade of Mount Carmel Catholic School (TCDSB)
In addition to primary and secondary institions, Hillcrest Village is also home to Seneca College's Newham Campus. Seneca is a public post-secondary institution. In addition to its campus in Hillcrest Village, the college also has campuses throughout Greater Toronto.
The Toronto Transit Commission provides public transportation for the area. The TTC operates several bus routes through the neighbourhood, including the 42 Cummer, 53 Steeles East, 51 Leslie, 25 Don Mills, 39 Finch East, and 24 Victoria Park bus routes. In addition to the TTC, York Region Transit buses also along Don Mills Road en route to York Region, primarily serving Seneca College's Newnham Campus.
- Hillcrest Village neighbourhood profile at the City of Toronto website
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