At Empire Roofing, we are fully insured professionals with decades of experience in the industry. Our objective is to keep providing the businesses of North York with exceptional workmanship, excellent service, and roof warranties that give you peace of mind.
North York is a former municipality and district of the city of Toronto, Ontario that became a part of Toronto in 1997 following the City of Toronto Act. The district has a unique charm owing to its multiculturalism that contributes to a vast proportion of Toronto living, from its distinct neighbourhoods to its university and historical sites. With a population of 655,913, as of the 2011 Census, North York is a city within a city.
Before 1998, North York was the second largest of six municipalities that made up another large municipality known as Metropolitan Toronto. In 1997 the provincial Government of Ontario endorsed legislation to merge the six municipalities into one, new amalgamated City of Toronto.
Today, North York is considered one of the most diverse areas of Toronto, and contains some of the wealthiest areas of the city, including Bayview Village, York Mills, Hogg’s Hollow, Willowdale, and The Bridle Path, as well as some of the poorest, including Lawrence Heights, Flemingdon Park, and Jane and Finch.
The history of North York
The Township of North York was created in 1922 from the rural region of the Township of York while the fast urbanising areas remained in the township. As North York became progressively urbanised, it became known as the Borough of North York in 1967, and later as the City of North York in 1979.
It received its city charter on St. Valentine’s Day; an event that was commemorated by giving the city a unique corporate slogan: “The City with Heart.” Today, it forms the biggest section of the area served by the “North York Community Council” of Toronto City Council.
At one time, North York was recognised as a regional agricultural hub comprising scattered villages. The region boomed after the Second World War, and by the 1950s and 60s, it was similar to many other expansive North American suburbs.
There was a huge explosion on August 10, 2008 at the Sunrise Propane Industrial Gases facility, southwest of the Toronto-Downsview Airport. The incident annihilated the propane depot, damaged a few nearby homes, and led to the evacuation of around 13,000 residents for a few days before being allowed to return home. The investigations that followed recommended that the setback distances between depots and neighbouring residential areas be reviewed, but they did not ask for restrictions on where depots can be located.
The District of North York
The residents of North York are highly multicultural with 57 percent of the population comprising immigrants: 14 percent are Chinese; 10 percent South Asian; 9 percent Black; 5 percent Arab/West Asian; 4 percent Filipino; 4 percent Latin American; 3 percent Korean; 2 percent Southeast Asian; and the remaining 2 percent consists of other minorities.
North York’s neighbourhoods are very diverse, and inhabited by people of different cultures. The Europeans mostly occupy the suburbs, while the eastern half is culturally different from the western half.
Business in North York
North York Centre, the district’s central business district, was the location of the former city’s government and main corporate headquarters, and continues to be a major corporate area in Toronto.
There are multiple big employers in North York including Celestica, McDonald’s of Canada, Foresters Insurance, and Bell. The Concorde Corporate Centre occupies 550,000 sq. ft. of leasable area, 85 percent of which has been taken by TD Bank, Sport Alliance of Ontario, Home Depot Canada, ESRI Canada, and Deloitte.
At Empire Roofing, we provide quality and professional roofing solutions to all regions of North York. With our unmatched warranty, we finish each and every job with the same quality craftsmanship and care you would expect from experienced professionals.