Willowdale (electoral district)
|Ontario electoral district|
Willowdale in relation to the other Toronto ridings (2013 boundaries)
|Federal electoral district|
|Legislature||House of Commons|
|District webpage||profile, map|
|Pop. density (per km²)||5,222.9|
For a long time this riding was considered a Liberal stronghold, having been won by the Liberal Party of Canada in all but one election since 1980. Longtime Liberal MP Jim Peterson was the riding's MP from 1980 to 1984 and from 1988 to 2007, and Martha Hall Findlay was the riding MP from 2008 to 2011. Long considered a safe Liberal seat, Conservative candidate Chungsen Leung won by 932 votes on the May 2, 2011 federal election. In the 2015 federal election, the seat returned to the Liberal Party with Ali Ehsassi unseating Leung. This district is home to some landmarks like Mel Lastman Square, the Toronto Centre for the Arts and the Claude Watson School for the Arts.
Consisting of that part of the City of Toronto described as follows: commencing at the intersection of the northerly limit of said city with Bayview Avenue; thence southerly along said avenue to Highway No. 401; thence generally southwesterly along said highway to the Don River West Branch; thence generally northwesterly along said branch to Bathurst Street; thence northerly along said street to the northerly limit of said city; thence easterly along said limit to the point of commencement.
Languages: 35.7% English, 19.1% Chinese, 9.8% Persian, 9.2% Korean, 5.8% Russian, 2.6% Tagalog, 1.7% Italian, 1.6% Spanish, 1.3% French, 1.2% Arabic
Religions: 46.0% Christian (20.6% Catholic, 4.3% Christian Orthodox, 3.2% Presbyterian, 2.4% United Church, 2.4% Anglican, 1.8% Baptist, 6.5% Pentecostal, 11.3% Other), 11.6% Muslim, 6.6% Jewish, 2.9% Buddhist, 1.8% Hindu, 30.4% No religion
Median income (2010): $26,200
Average income (2010): $42,045
As per the 2016 Census, Willowdale has highest percentage of ethnic Iranians (12.1%) and ethnic Koreans (10.6%) of all City of Toronto ridings, and is one of the only four ridings with Chinese being the most frequent ethnic origin. At the same vein, it is the City of Toronto riding with the highest percentage of people belonging to the West Asian (10.9%) and Korean (10.3%) visible minorities.
Ethnicity groups: White: 33.1%, Chinese: 25.3%, West Asian: 10.9%, Korean: 10.3%, South Asian: 5.9%, Filipino: 5.4%
Ethnic origins: Chinese 25.9%, Iranian 12.1%, Korean 10.6%, English 6.4%, Filipino 5.8%, Canadian 5.6%, Russian 5.2%
Willowdale consisted initially of the part of the Borough of North York bounded on the north by the borough limit (Steeles Avenue), on the West by the West Branch of the Don River and Bathurst Street, on the south by Highway 401, and on the east by Bayview Avenue.
In 1987, it was redefined to consist of the part of the City of North York bounded on the north by the borough limits (Steeles Avenue), and on the east, south and west by a line drawn from the borough limit southeast along the Don River West Branch, south along Bayview Avenue, east along Finch Avenue East, south along the Don River East Branch, west along Highway 401, and northwest along the Don River West Branch to the borough limit.
In 1996, it was redefined to consist of the part of the City of North York bounded on the north by the borough limits (Steeles Avenue), and on the east, south and west by a line drawn from the borough limit south along the eastern limit of the city, west along the hydro-electric transmission line situated south of McNicoll Avenue, south along Highway 404, west along Finch Avenue East, south along the Don River East Branch, west along Highway 401, northwest along the Don River West Branch, north along Bathurst Street, east along Drewry Avenue, north along Chelmsford Avenue, west along Greenwin Village Road, and north along Village Gate to the northern city limit.
In 2003, it was redefined to consist of that part of the City of Toronto described as follows: commencing at the intersection of the northerly limit of said city with Victoria Park Avenue; thence southerly along said avenue to the hydroelectric transmission line situated northerly of Apache Trail; thence southwesterly along said transmission line to Highway No. 404; thence southerly along said highway to Finch Avenue East; thence generally westerly along said avenue to Leslie Street; thence southerly along said street to Highway No. 401; thence generally southwesterly along said highway to the Don River West Branch; thence generally northwesterly along said branch to Bathurst Street; thence northerly along said street to the hydroelectric transmission line situated northerly of Finch Avenue West; thence generally easterly along said transmission line to Yonge Street; thence northerly along said street to the northerly limit of said city; thence easterly along said limit to the point of commencement.
This riding lost territory (36%) to Don Valley North, and gained territory from York Centre (16%) during the 2012 electoral redistribution. The reduction in land area of the riding was primarily facilitated by substantial population growth along Yonge Street where the on-going redevelopment of land into additional high-rise residential buildings continued with medium-density development (low-rise residential buildings and townhomes) occurring slightly further from Yonge Street and along Sheppard and Finch Avenues. The portion of the City of Toronto north of Highway 401 and east of Victoria Park Avenue (the former boundary with Scarborough) was allocated an additional riding now having five ridings versus the previous four.
Members of Parliament
This riding has elected the following Members of Parliament:
Riding created from Eglinton, York North and York Centre
|31st||1979–1980||Bob Jarvis||Progressive Conservative|
|33rd||1984–1988||John Oostrom||Progressive Conservative|
|2008–2008||Martha Hall Findlay|
|2019 Canadian federal election|
|New Democratic||Leah Kalsi||4,231||9.3||+2.3||none listed|
|Independent||Birinder Singh Ahluwalia||200||0.4||-0.1||none listed|
|Independent||Shodja Ziaian||71||0.2||-||none listed|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||45,470||100.0|
|Total rejected ballots||410|
|Source: Elections Canada|
|2015 Canadian federal election|
|New Democratic||Pouyan Tabasinejad||3,203||7.0||-11.4||$6,678.16|
|Independent||Birinder Singh Ahluwalia||216||0.5||–||$39,117.06|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||45,953||100.0||$207,725.33|
|Total rejected ballots||251||0.5||-0.1|
|Liberal gain from Conservative||Swing||+9.1|
|Source: Elections Canada|
|2011 federal election redistributed results|
|2011 Canadian federal election|
|Liberal||Martha Hall Findlay||21,275||39.9||-8.8|
|New Democratic||Mehdi Mollahasani||9,777||18.4||+8.2|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||53,259||100.0|
|Total rejected ballots||295||0.6||+0.2|
|Conservative gain from Liberal||Swing||+9.0
|2008 Canadian federal election|
|Liberal||Martha Hall Findlay||23,889||48.7||-10.6||$47,844.17|
|New Democratic||Susan Wallace||5,011||10.2||+5.4||$8,175.95|
|Progressive Canadian||Bahman Roudgarnia||864||1.8||–||$4,500|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||49,085||100.0||$94,573.51|
|Total rejected ballots||203||0.4|
|By-election on March 17, 2008|
|Liberal||Martha Hall Findlay||13,524||59.3||+7.1|
|New Democratic||Rini Ghosh||1,084||4.8||-6.6|
|Total valid votes||22,797||100.0||$|
|2006 Canadian federal election|
|New Democratic||Rochelle Carnegie||6,297||11.4||+1.8||$12,532|
|Total valid votes||55,442||100.0|
|Total rejected ballots||216||0.4|
|2004 Canadian federal election|
|New Democratic||Yvonne Bobb||4,812||9.6||+4.2|
|Progressive Canadian||Ardavan Behrouzi||883||1.8|
|Total valid votes||50,262||100.0|
Note: Conservative vote is compared to the total of the Canadian Alliance vote and Progressive Conservative vote in 2000 election.
|2000 Canadian federal election|
|Progressive Conservative||Chungsen Leung||7,134||16.2||-5.3|
|New Democratic||Yvonne Bobb||2,404||5.4||-0.6|
|Total valid votes||44,132||100.0|
Note: Canadian Alliance vote is compared to the Reform vote in 1997 election.
|1997 Canadian federal election|
|Progressive Conservative||Norm Gardner||10,043||21.4||+4.8|
|New Democratic||Mikael Swayze||2,833||6.0||+2.4|
|Natural Law||Don Murray||268||0.6||0.0|
|Canadian Action||Randall Whitcomb||128||0.3|
|Total valid votes||46,856||100.0|
|1993 Canadian federal election|
|Progressive Conservative||John Oostrom||7,733||16.6||-26.7|
|New Democratic||Mary Maron||1,682||3.6||-5.2|
|Natural Law||Mike Dubinsky||248||0.5|
|Total valid votes||46,479||100.0|
|1988 Canadian federal election|
|Progressive Conservative||John Oostrom||22,347||43.4||-0.1|
|New Democratic||Anne Adelson||4,517||8.8||-4.3|
|Total valid votes||51,509||100.0|
|1984 Canadian federal election|
|Progressive Conservative||John Oostrom||22,425||43.5||+6.1|
|New Democratic||John Fagan||6,711||13.0||-1.7|
|Total valid votes||51,528||100.0|
|1980 Canadian federal election|
|Progressive Conservative||Bob Jarvis||17,527||37.4||-7.4|
|New Democratic||Bob Hebdon||6,889||14.7||+0.4|
|Total valid votes||46,867||100.0|
|1979 Canadian federal election|
|Progressive Conservative||Bob Jarvis||22,238||44.8|
|New Democratic||Chris Thurrott||7,128||14.3|
|Libertarian||Robert Austin Leber||391||0.8|
|Total valid votes||49,676||100.0|
- Statistics Canada: 2011
- Statistics Canada: 2011
- "Willowdale - Maps Corner - Elections Canada Online". Elections Canada. Retrieved 28 August 2015.
- "List of confirmed candidates". Elections Canada. Retrieved October 4, 2019.
- "Election Night Results". Elections Canada. Retrieved November 5, 2019.
- Elections Canada – Confirmed candidates for Willowdale, 30 September 2015
- Elections Canada – Preliminary Election Expenses Limits for Candidates
- Pundits' Guide to Canadian Elections