According to a report created by Social Planning Toronto, after the amalgamation, a group called the B427 Community Project formed to address the gap in existing community services and spaces. This was due to the high population of youth and low-income families that have settled to the area overtime. Overall, crime rates increased as more cul-de-sac housing developments were created to provide subsidized accommodations for newcomers and low-income families. Although there are still pockets of affluence in Central Etobicoke, there are clear signs of higher populations in poverty. Weekly crime summaries can be found through the Central Etobicoke Neighbourhood Watch website.
In 2007, the Etobicoke Youth Network formed in response to “Summer of the Gun” where 25 gun related homicides occurred between July and September of 2005. The community was desperately in need for after school programs and accessible safe spaces to keep troubled youth off of the streets to deter criminal activity. Since 2006, Central Etobicoke’s population grew faster than the City of Toronto as a whole. Patterns showed mostly young families from the downtown core, elderly couples and new immigrants migrating rapidly to the area because of more affordable rental housing. Sadly, the epidemic of shootings and violence is at an all-time high and continues to rise.
“By the end of 2019, there were 51 fatal shootings, contributing to the city’s record homicide count of 96 killings. The worst year for shooting deaths in Toronto is still 2005 — the so-called Year of the Gun — when 53 people were killed by gunfire.” — thestar.com
This past July, city councillors voted to fight against the build of a 27-storey Etobicoke condo due to “overdevelopment”. This is a sign that local councillors have the community’s best interest at heart as they aim to satisfy the needs of the city’s current residents with a vision to make improvements for the near future. In the Fall, Narcity published “Toronto Neighbourhoods Ranked By How Dangerous They Are Right Now Based On 2018 Crime Rates”, Central Etobicoke ranked as the 10th most dangerous. As residents are encouraged to do their part in making their community safe, we heard the call for help.