Neighbourhood Change

The 2016 city of Toronto Neighbourhood Profile for Kensington-Chinatown shows that renter households make up the majority, and there is a higher-than-average percentage of renters in the neighbourhood compared to Toronto as a whole.

 In 2016, the median household income in Kensington Market-Chinatown was significantly lower than the Toronto median.

This information provides a snapshot of the prevalence of renters and low-income households in the neighbourhood. While there is certainly variation, there is no doubt that pressures on housing security and tenure are keenly felt within our community.

Kensington Market is represented by Census Tract #38, according to Statistics Canada.

KMCLT understands the boundaries of Kensington Market to be delineated by College Street to the north, Spadina Avenue to the east, Dundas Street to the south, and Bathurst Street to the west.

Relevant Data – Census Tract #38

Households

1996
Average gross rent598
2006
Average gross rent840
2016
Average gross rent1078

 There was approximately an 80% percent increase in average rent from 1996-2016

Statistics Canada data sourced from The Canadian Socio-Economic Information Management System (CANSIM).

Housing Type

1996
Total*OwnedRented% of Rented
126034092073%

2006
Total*OwnedRented% of Rented
159065094059%

2016
Total*OwnedRented% of Rented
1645565108066%

* Total number of occupied private dwellings

Statistics Canada data sourced from The Canadian Socio-Economic Information Management System (CANSIM).