Wallace Emerson

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Wallace Emerson
Skyline of Wallace Emerson
Location of Wallace Emerson
Wallace Emerson is located in Toronto
Wallace Emerson
Location within Toronto
Coordinates: 43°39′47″N 79°26′28″W / 43.663°N 79.441°W / 43.663; -79.441Coordinates: 43°39′47″N 79°26′28″W / 43.663°N 79.441°W / 43.663; -79.441
Country  Canada
Province  Ontario
City Toronto Flag.svg Toronto
 • City Councillor Ana Bailao
 • Federal M.P. Julie Dzerowicz (Davenport)
 • Provincial M.P.P. Cristina Martins (Davenport)

Wallace Emerson is a neighbourhood in Toronto, Ontario, Canada situated north of Bloor Street between Dufferin Street to the east, the CPR railway lines to the north and the CPR railway lines to the west.

The neighbourhood derives its name from the intersection of Wallace Avenue and Emerson Avenue near the centre of the community.


The neighbourhood contains a mixture of land-uses. The main thoroughfare of Bloor Street consists almost exclusively of mixed-use residential and commercial buildings. The Bloordale Village BIA encompasses the stretch from Lansdowne to Dufferin.

The residential area north of Bloor Street is primarily single-family dwellings. Many of these structures have been converted into apartments, housing up to eight separate units. Side-streets increase in zoned density as they approach Bloor. Low and medium-rise apartments occupy the majority of these zones.

To the north, between Dupont and Davenport, is mainly post-industrial development. Limited manufacturing remains, although some warehouse and light automotive industries still exist. While the Canadian Pacific Railway operates a main line between the two thoroughfares, a large amount of former industrial space has been converted to loft condominia. Some single-family rowhouses and low-income rental space has also been created.

The largest shopping centre within the Wallace Emerson boundaries is the Galleria Mall, which opened in 1972.


  • St. Sebastian is a catholic elementary school on Brock Avenue, north-west of Bloor and Dufferin.


For city demographics purposes the area is amalgamated with neighbouring areas to form Dovercourt-Wallace Emerson-Junction It is an ethnically diverse area. A majority of residents are fluent in Portuguese, Italian and English. A large Ethiopian population is also present in the area. There are many shops along Bloor Street serving the Portuguese and Ethiopian communities.

In the 2006 Canadian census Wallace Emerson was covered by census tracts 0097.01 and 0097.02. According to that census, the neighbourhood has 10,338 residents. Average income is $25,029, making it one of the poorer neighbourhoods in Toronto. The ten most common language spoken at home, after English, are:

  1. Portuguese - 19.2%
  2. Italian - 2.6%
  3. Gujarati - 2.6%
  4. Tamil - 2.5%
  5. Spanish - 2.2%
  6. Punjabi - 2.2%
  7. Cantonese - 1.8%
  8. Vietnamese - 1.8%
  9. Unspecified Chinese - 1.7%
  10. Hungarian - 1.4%
  11. Urdu - 0.9%


Lansdowne and Dufferin stations on the Bloor–Danforth line serve the neighbourhood. The Dufferin bus runs north-south from Dufferin station.

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