Scarborough City Centre

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Scarborough City Centre
High rise buildings at Scarborough City Centre as viewed from the intersection of Highway 401 and Neilson Road
High rise buildings at Scarborough City Centre as viewed from the intersection of Highway 401 and Neilson Road
Scarborough City Centre map.PNG
Coordinates: 43°46′22″N 79°15′27″W / 43.77278°N 79.25750°W / 43.77278; -79.25750Coordinates: 43°46′22″N 79°15′27″W / 43.77278°N 79.25750°W / 43.77278; -79.25750
Country Canada
Province Ontario
CityToronto Toronto
Changed Municipality1998 Toronto from Flag of Scarborough, Ontario.svg Scarborough
 • MPSalma Zahid (Scarborough Centre)
 • MPPBrad Duguid (Scarborough Centre)
 • CouncillorGlenn De Baeremaeker (Ward 38 Scarborough Centre)

Scarborough City Centre is a commercial district in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Once considered the city centre for the former city of Scarborough, which was amalgamated with the rest of Toronto in 1998, the city centre remains as one of the major business districts outside Downtown Toronto.


Scarborough Civic Centre and Albert Campbell Square are located at the centre of Scarborough City Centre.

It is roughly bounded by Kennedy Road to the west, Markham Road to the east, Ellesmere Road to the south, and Ontario Highway 401 to the north, spanning the official neighbourhoods of Bendale, Agincourt, and Woburn. At its centre core is the Scarborough Civic Centre, Albert Campbell Square, Scarborough Town Centre shopping mall, and the Canada Centre Building.

Condominium high-rises surround these central buildings and public spaces, forming the skyline of the neighbourhood. The major office towers in the area include those situated at Consilium Place, which was completed in 1991. In a band around the southern side of the city centre are densely forested parklands, between Borough Drive and Ellesmere Road. The areas outside the immediate cite centre is primarily made up of industrial parks, and low-density housing.


Prior to the 1940s, the area was primarily agricultural, with the closest communities being Agincourt and Malvern. Early farms in the area included the farm of George and Lena Bick, who founded the Bick's Pickle brand from pickles grown and processed on their farm. Although the farm was eventually converted to residential and industrial land, the production facility continued to operate on Progress Avenue until 2001.[1]

Development in the area had first come in the 1950s when Ontario Highway 401 was built through the area. One early development was the TV studios of CFTO-TV at the intersection of the 401 and McCowan Road. Scarborough became part of Metropolitan Toronto in 1954. As part of the new regional municipal government’s planning policy, plans were put forth to develop the city centres of municipalities surrounding Old City of Toronto. Scarborough Civic Centre, which was built to house offices of Scarborough's municipal government, and Metropolitan Toronto, and the Scarborough Town Centre were built in the 1970s. The Toronto Transit Commission's Scarborough RT line was completed in 1985.

The beginning of the 21st century saw the development of several condominium high-rises and office complexes in the area.


The neighbourhood is connected to public transit services at operated by the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC). Scarborough Centre station is the primary station of the neighbourhood, used by the TTC bus system, and and Line 3 Scarborough trains. In addition to Scarborough Centre station, two other stations from Line 3 Scarborough are situated in Scarborough Centre, Midland station is a station west of Scarborough Centre, situated along the neighbourhood's western boundary, while McCowan station is situated east of Scarborough Centre station, and acts as the line's terminus.

In addition to municipal transit, the Scarborough Centre Bus Terminal is a commuter bus service operated by GO Transit bus services. In addition to GO Transit, the terminal is also used by several inter-city coach services. The Scarborough Centre station and the Scarborough Centre Bus Terminal are situated adjacent to one another, next to the Scarborough Town Centre and Scarborough Civic Centre.

The neighbourhood is bounded by Ontario Highway 401, a major east-west controlled access highway that bisects the City of Toronto.

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  1. ^ "Bick's Pickles".