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Toronto Chronology

Today’s City of Toronto takes in much more territory than it did when it was incorporated in 1834. The following simplified chronology explains some of that growth.

1788 Nassau District is formed, including the area that would become Toronto.
1791 The townships that would become Scarborough, York and Etobicoke are surveyed along the shore of Lake Ontario (within Nassau District)
1792 Nassau District’s name is changed to Home District.
1792 Counties (for militia purposes) are set up within districts. Toronto is in York County.
1793 Town of York is founded on August 27 (within York Twp.)
1834 Town of York, with a population of about 9,000, is incorporated as the City of Toronto (March 6)
1850 Districts are abolished; governmental control shifts to counties, with representation from each township. (York, Scarborough, Etobicoke and Toronto are in York County.)
1853 Village of Yorkville is founded (severed from York Twp.)
1878 Town of Parkdale is founded (severed from York Twp.)
1880 Village of Brockton is founded (severed from York Twp.)
1881 Village of Weston is founded (severed from York Twp.)
1883 Yorkville is annexed by Toronto.
1884 Brockton is annexed by Toronto.
1887 Town of West Toronto Junction is founded (severed from York Twp.)
1889 Parkdale is annexed by Toronto.
1889 Town of East Toronto is founded (severed from York Twp.)
1889 Town of North Toronto is founded (severed from York Twp.)
1909 West Toronto Junction is annexed by Toronto.
1911 Mimico is founded (severed from Etobicoke)
1912 East Toronto is annexed by Toronto.
1912 North Toronto is annexed by Toronto.
1913 Leaside is founded (severed from York Twp.)
1913 New Toronto is founded (severed from Etobicoke)
1922 Township of North York is severed from York Township (June 13)
1923 Township of East York is severed from York Township.
1923 Village of Forest Hill is founded (severed from York Twp.)
1925 Village of Swansea is founded (severed from York Twp.)
1931 Long Branch is founded (severed from Etobicoke)
1953 A second-tier municipality “Metropolitan Toronto” is formed to govern some aspects of life in Toronto, York, East York, North York, Etobicoke, Scarborough, Swansea, Forest Hill, Weston, Leaside, Mimico, New Toronto, and Long Branch.
1967 Etobicoke, Long Branch, Mimico, and New Toronto amalgamate to become the Borough of Etobicoke.
1967 Village of Forest Hill is annexed by Toronto.
1967 Village of Swansea is annexed by Toronto.
1967 York Township amalgamated with Weston to become the Borough of York.
1967 North York Twp. becomes the Borough of North York.
1967 East York and Leaside amalgamated to become the Borough of East York.
1967 Metropolitan Toronto now includes Toronto and the boroughs of York, East York, North York, Etobicoke, and Scarborough.
1979 North York becomes a city.
1983 Borough of York becomes the City of York.
1983 Etobicoke becomes the City of Etobicoke.
1983 Scarborough becomes the City of Scarborough.
1998 Toronto, Etobicoke, Scarborough, York, East York, and North York amalgamated as the City of Toronto.