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Scarborough, Ontario

Scarborough, Ontario
Full nameScarborough
Settlement typeDissolved municipality
MunicipalityToronto Toronto
Incorporated1 January 1850 (township)
1 January 1967 (borough)
June 1983 (city)
Changed Region1954 Metropolitan Toronto from York County
Amalgamated1 January 1998 into Toronto
MayorRob Ford (Toronto Mayor)
Governing BodyToronto City Council
MPsRoxanne James, Jim Karygiannis, Rathika Sitsabaiesan, John McKay, Corneliu Chisu, Dan Harris
MPPsWayne Arthurs, Bas Balkissoon, Lorenzo Berardinetti, Margarett Best, Brad Duguid, Gerry Phillips
Total Area72.5 sq mi (187.70 km2)
Total Population602575 (2006)
Density (pop.)3160.9/km2 (8186.7/sq mi)
Other information
Time zoneEST (UTC-5)
- Summer (DST)EDT (UTC-4)
Postal code spanM1(B-X)
Area code416, 647

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Scarborough (c-eniconˈskɑrbəroʊ; 2006 Census 602,575) is a dissolved municipality within the city of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Geographically, it comprises the eastern part of Toronto. It is bordered on the south by Lake Ontario, on the west by Victoria Park Avenue, on the north by Steeles Avenue East, and on the east by the Rouge River and the City of Pickering. Initially a collection of rural villages, it has become a diverse urban community. Over 200 years it grew from a township to a city, changing regions to Metropolitan Toronto in 1954, and eventually amalgamated into the City of Toronto in 1998. It was named after the English town of Scarborough, North Yorkshire in 1796 by Elizabeth Simcoe, who was inspired by the Scarborough Bluffs which reminded her of white cliffs near her home.

Scarborough has characteristics of a suburb of Old Toronto, but retains much of its own character and flavour. Certain neighbourhoods in Scarborough are popular destinations for new immigrants to Canada. As a result, Scarborough is one of the most diverse and multicultural areas of the Greater Toronto Area, being home to various religious groups and places of worship. It includes some of Toronto's popular natural landmarks, such as the Scarborough Bluffs and Rouge Park. Scarborough has been declared to be greener than any other part of Toronto.

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