Dundas & Carlaw


Located in the Leslieville neighbouhood in the east end of Toronto, Dundas and Carlaw has seen significant growth over the past several years - 446 units were built between 2006 and 2011.  Carlaw Ave. is designated as a mixed-use street, while the surrounding areas are zoned for a combination of residential and employment. The area's density, along with the variety amenities, good walkability, and access to transit make it a vibrant, complete community.  The area also has room to grow and intensify, which is supported by the city's planning policy.




2,894 people
1,655 jobs
39 ha
74 people/ha
115 jobs + people/ha

The combined people and jobs density figure is 115 but there is a wide variation among the smaller blocks. The net effect is a visually diverse, attractive neighourhood. 

Block Density 

54 people
1.13 ha
48 people/ha


195 people
1.15 hectares
169 people/ha



Highly walkable neighbourhood

Several schools, daycares and community centres are within walking distance

Grid street network makes it easy to get around on foot or bicycle

Sidewalks are prominent and houses are oriented towards the street, with cars and garages in the back


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Many transit stops within walking distance

Three main transit routes (along Queen, Gerrard and Carlaw), means most residences are within walking distance to transit

Good connectivity to transit nodes (e.g. Bloor St. subway)



Mix of single-detached, mid-rise (4-12 stories)

2.9 hectares of retail-related parking

Parking lots, industrial buildings provide opportunity for development. 

Official Plan and site specific policies support re-development

12 redevelopment sites approved over last 15 year; neighbouhood is evolving to become a more complete community



Green & Open Spaces

8 ha of municipal park space

This is equivalent to 3 ha/1000 people

Within short walking distance of residential areas



Lots of places to eat, shop, and enjoy leisure time

  • Shops
  • Cafes and restaurants
  • Drug store
  • Cultural spaces 
  • Yoga studios
  • Dry cleaning
  • Dentist
  • Artist studios 
  • Community facilities (schools, day cares, etc.)
  • Grocery store

2,894 residents and 1,655 jobs



Height, density and massing of new buildings respects and reinforces the existing character

Opportunities for public realm improvements, such as street furniture, improved lighting and parks space

Redevelopment of the area must continue to retain industrial heritage