Jane and Finch

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Jane and Finch is a neighbourhood located in northwestern North York, a district of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The area is roughly bounded by Highway 400 to the west, Driftwood Avenue to the east, Grandravine Drive to the south, and Shoreham Drive to the north. It is a multicultural neighbourhood.

The community has one of the largest concentrations of criminal gangs of any area in Canada. It also has "one of the highest proportions of youth, sole-supported families, refugees and immigrants, low-income earners and public housing tenants of any community in Torontoā€¯ (p. 5, A Report of the Jane-Finch Street Involved Youth Issues Coalition, December 2002).

As well, there is a substantial and equally diverse population living in middle class detached, semi-detached, townhouses and high-rise tower blocks.

In January 2009, the area was alternatively named University Heights in an attempt to get rid of its notorious tag.


Jane-Finch was originally developed as a model suburb in the 1960s in response to the rapid urban growth of Toronto. The community was planned to accommodate a socially diverse population and included a substantial amount of public housing, but insufficient thought was given to the social infrastructure needed to sustain community life. (A historical name for the general area from 1878 to 1956 was the neighbourhood of Elia.)

The 1960s development plans spearheaded by the Ontario Housing...
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