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Wexford is a neighbourhood in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is located in the eastern part of the city, on the western end of the district of Scarborough, spanning Lawrence Avenue East between Victoria Park Avenue and Birchmount Road. There are many persons of Greek heritage in this neighbourhood.
Wexford Heights United Church in Wexford
|Changed Municipality||1998 Toronto from Scarborough|
|• MP||Salma Zahid (Scarborough Centre)|
|• MPP||Brad Duguid (Scarborough Centre)|
|• Councillor||Michael Thompson (Ward 37 Scarborough Centre)|
The Church of St. Jude was erected in Wexford in 1848. It was once the Anglican church to the small village of Wexford, and survives today as a landmark in the modern urban area.
In 1953, Wexford, along with the rest of Scarborough, was severed from York County, forming the regional government of Metropolitan Toronto. The area consists of mostly post-World War II type bungalow housing, apartments, retail and commercial space. The city was merged with the rest of Scarborough and the five other municipalities of Metropolitan Toronto, forming the new "City of Toronto" in 1998.
According to the 2006 Census Visible Minorities comprised 45.4% of the total population, the largest minority group being South Asian at 12.0%.
A 2013 article in the Toronto LIFE magazine ranks Wexford-Maryvale 6th out of Toronto's 140 neighbourhoods.
Both TCDSB, and TDSB operate public elementary schools in the neighbourhood. TCDSB operates two elementary schools, Precious Blood Catholic School, and St. Kevin Catholic School. TDSB operates four elementary schools, Buchanan Public School, George Peck Public School, Manhattan Park Junior Public School, and Wexford Public School. TDSB is the only public school board to operate a secondary school in Wexford, Wexford Collegiate School for the Arts.
TCDSB does not operate a secondary school in the neighbourhood, with TCDSB secondary school students residing in Wexford attending institutions in adjacent neighbourhoods. The French-first language public secular school board, Conseil scolaire Viamonde, and it separate counterpart, Conseil scolaire catholique MonAvenir also offer schooling to applicable residents of Wexford, although they do not operate a school in the neighbourhood, with CSCM/CSV students attending schools situated in other neighbourhoods in Toronto.
Wexford is home to several municipal parks, including Wexford Park, located in the southwest of the neighbourhood. Municipal parks in Wexford are managed by the Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation Division. The neighbourhood is also home to several recreational sports associations, including the Scarborough Minor Hockey Association, and the Wexford Soccer Club.
Two shopping centres are located in Wexford, Wexford Heights Plaza, and Westford Shopping Centre.
The neighbourhood is home to a number of churches. They include:
- Church of St. Jude
- Precious Blood Roman Catholic Church
- Scarborough Citadel of the Salvation Army
- St. John's Greek Orthodox Church
- Wexford Heights United Church (2002 Merger of the historic Zion-Wexford and Wilmar Heights congregations)
- Wexford Presbyterian Church
- D'Cruz, Andrew (2014-08-14). "The Best Places to Live in the City: A (Mostly) Scientific Ranking of All 140 Neighbourhoods in Toronto". Retrieved 2014-08-27.