Out of 140 neighbourhoods included in Toronto Life’s Toronto’s Ultimate Neighbourhoods Ranking, West Hill, the area we serve, scored 140. The lowest possible rank.
Toronto Life looks at 10 categories like safety, entertainment, employment, and diversity, and scores each on a scale of 1-100. West Hill scored below 40 in 7/10 of the categories.
Most troubling, West Hill scored 12.9 for safety, 9.3 for employment and a dismal 6.4 for transit.
The transit ranking in particular is troubling: it shows how little access people in West Hill have to supports, services, and employment. Without transit access, people can’t get in, or out of the area. This is an unnecessary barrier for people trying to improve their lives. West Hill has one of the highest concentrations of public housing in the country and the choice to provide poor transit is unacceptable in a world class city like Toronto.
On the positive side, West Hill scored well on education (70), higher than many other Scarborough neighbourhoods, and scored a 57.1 in health.
We know that West Hill isn’t as bad as they say, but we also know that many people in the area experience poverty and lack access. This is why the work of West Hill Harvest and our partner agency, The Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities, is so important. If you are looking for ways to help out, they can be found right in your back yard. Contact us today to get involved.
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