Thornhill in relation to other Greater Toronto ridings
|Federal electoral district|
|Legislature||House of Commons|
|District webpage||profile, map|
|Pop. density (per km²)||1,792|
|Census subdivisions||Markham, Vaughan|
Thornhill is a federal electoral district in Ontario, Canada, that has been represented in the House of Commons of Canada since 1997.
An electoral district in Canada, also known as a "constituency" or a "riding", is a geographical constituency upon which Canada's representative democracy is based. It is officially known in Canadian French as a circonscription, but frequently called a comté (county).
Ontario is one of the 13 provinces and territories of Canada. Located in Central Canada, it is Canada's most populous province, with 38.3 percent of the country's population, and is the second-largest province in total area. Ontario is fourth-largest jurisdiction in total area when the territories of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut are included. It is home to the nation's capital city, Ottawa, and the nation's most populous city, Toronto, which is also Ontario's provincial capital.
The House of Commons of Canada is the lower chamber of the bicameral Parliament of Canada, along with the sovereign and the Senate of Canada. The House of Commons currently meets in a temporary Commons chamber in the West Block of the parliament buildings on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, while the Centre Block, which houses the traditional Commons chamber, undergoes a ten-year renovation.
It covers the Thornhill neighbourhood, which is split between Vaughan and Markham, and was created in 1996 from parts of Markham—Whitchurch—Stouffville and York North ridings.
Thornhill is an affluent suburban community in the Regional Municipality of York in Ontario, Canada. It is split between the cities of Vaughan and Markham, lying along the north border of Toronto, centred on Yonge Street. Once a police village, Thornhill is now a community and postal designation. According to the 2001 Census, Thornhill-Vaughan's population was 56,361, and the population of Thornhill-Markham was 47,333. As of 2016, the total population was 112,719. It is immediately south and south-west of Richmond Hill.
Vaughan is a city in Ontario, Canada. It is located in the Regional Municipality of York, just north of Toronto. Vaughan was the fastest-growing municipality in Canada between 1996 and 2006, achieving a population growth rate of 80.2% according to Statistics Canada and having nearly doubled in population since 1991. It is the fifth-largest city in the Greater Toronto Area, and the 17th-largest city in Canada.
Markham is a city in the Regional Municipality of York within the Greater Toronto Area of Southern Ontario, Canada. It is approximately 30 km (19 mi) northeast of Downtown Toronto. The city is the fourth-most populous community within the Greater Toronto Area after Toronto, Mississauga and Brampton and is York Region's most populous municipality.
It consists of the part of the city of Vaughan that is east of Highway 400 and south of Rutherford Road, and the part of the city of Markham west of Bayview Avenue.
King's Highway 400, commonly referred to as Highway 400, historically as the Toronto–Barrie Highway, and colloquially as the 400, is a 400-series highway in the Canadian province of Ontario linking the city of Toronto in the urban and agricultural south of the province with the scenic and sparsely populated central and northern regions. The portion of the highway between Toronto and Lake Simcoe roughly traces the route of the Toronto Carrying-Place Trail, a historic trail between the Lower and Upper Great Lakes. North of Highway 12, in combination with Highway 69, it forms a branch of the Trans-Canada Highway, the Georgian Bay Route, and is part of the highest-capacity route from southern Ontario to the Canadian West, via a connection with the mainline of the TCH in Sudbury. The highway also serves as the primary route from Toronto to southern Georgian Bay and Muskoka, areas collectively known as cottage country. The highway is patrolled by the Ontario Provincial Police and has a speed limit of 100 km/h (62 mph), except for the section south of the 401, where the speed limit is 80 km/h (50 mph).
Bayview Avenue is a major north–south route in the Greater Toronto Area of Ontario. North of Toronto, in York Region, Bayview is designated as York Regional Road 34.
It is one of only two ridings in Canada with a Jewish plurality (the other being Mount Royal in Montreal, Quebec), with 32.8% of the population identifying as Jewish, the highest in Canada.Thornhill also has the highest percentage of Russians (12.9%) of all Canadian ridings (implying the presence of a strong community of Russian Jews ).
Judaism is the ethnic religion of the Jewish people, comprising the collective religious, cultural and legal tradition and civilization of the Jewish people. Judaism is considered by religious Jews to be the expression of the covenant that God established with the Children of Israel. It encompasses a wide body of texts, practices, theological positions, and forms of organization. The Torah is part of the larger text known as the Tanakh or the Hebrew Bible, and supplemental oral tradition represented by later texts such as the Midrash and the Talmud. With between 14.5 and 17.4 million adherents worldwide, Judaism is the tenth largest religion in the world.
Mount Royal is a federal electoral district in Quebec, Canada, that has been represented in the House of Commons of Canada since 1925. Its population in 2006 was 98,888.
Montreal is the most populous municipality in the Canadian province of Quebec and the second-most populous municipality in Canada. Originally called Ville-Marie, or "City of Mary", it is named after Mount Royal, the triple-peaked hill in the heart of the city. The city is centred on the Island of Montreal, which took its name from the same source as the city, and a few much smaller peripheral islands, the largest of which is Île Bizard. It has a distinct four-season continental climate with warm to hot summers and cold, snowy winters.
The Thornhill riding has the highest percentage of population with an educational attainment of "University certificate or diploma above bachelor level" (i.e. above-bachelor-level certificate or diploma other than doctorate, master, or medicine etc. degrees) with 5.0%.
The riding lost all of its territory east of Bayview Avenue to Markham—Thornhill, and gained a small fraction from York Centre in the 2012 redistribution.
Markham—Thornhill is a federal electoral district in Ontario, Canada, that has been represented in the House of Commons of Canada since 2015. It encompasses a portion of Ontario previously included in the electoral districts of Markham—Unionville and Thornhill.
York Centre is a federal electoral district in Ontario, Canada, that has been represented in the House of Commons of Canada from 1904 to 1917 and since 1953.
Ethnic groups: 68.2% White, 7.6% Chinese, 6.5% South Asian, 4.6% Filipino, 3.7% Korean, 3.3% West Asian, 1.9% Black, 1.1% Southeast Asian
Languages: 49.9% English, 13.0% Russian, 6.2% Chinese, 3.1% Persian, 3.2% Korean, 3.7% Hebrew, 3.0% Italian, 2.2% Tagalog, 1.7% Spanish 1.4% French, 1.0% Gujarati
Religions: 37.5% Christian (18.8% Catholic, 6.2% Christian Orthodox, 2.0% Presbyterian, 1.6% Anglican, 1.5% United Church, 7.3% Other Christian), 37.1% Jewish, 4.3% Muslim, 3.4% Hindu, 2.0% Buddhist, 14.7% None.
Median income: $30,798 (2010)
Average income: $47,097 (2010)
This riding has elected the following members of the House of Commons of Canada:
Riding created from Markham—Whitchurch—Stouffville
and York North
|2019 Canadian federal election|
|** Preliminary results — Not yet official **|
|New Democratic||Sara Petrucci||3,469||6.5||+1.3|
|Canada's Fourth Front||Waseem Malik||77||0.1||-|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||53,496||100.0|
|Total rejected ballots||583|
|Source: Elections Canada|
|2015 Canadian federal election|
|New Democratic||Lorne Cherry||2,814||5.20||-6.29||$6,832.09|
|Seniors||Margaret Leigh Fairbairn||157||0.30||–||$4,584.13|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||54,491||100.0||$216,565.52|
|Total rejected ballots||324||–||–|
|Source: Elections Canada|
|2011 federal election redistributed results|
|2011 Canadian federal election|
|New Democratic||Simon Strelchik||7,141||11.97||+5.35||$5,397.91|
|Animal Alliance||Liz White||215||0.36||–||$7,002.05|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||59,672||100.00||–||$99,784.20|
|Total rejected ballots||275||0.46||–|
|2008 Canadian federal election|
|New Democratic||Simon Strelchik||3,601||6.62||-1.19||$4,835|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||54,395||100.00||–||$95,547|
|2006 Canadian federal election|
|New Democratic||Simon Strelchik||4,405||7.81||+0.83|
|Progressive Canadian||Mark Abramowitz||1,094||1.94|
|Total valid votes||56,372||100.00|
Source: CBC Ridings Results
|2004 Canadian federal election|
|New Democratic||Rick Morelli||3,671||6.98||+3.05|
|Total valid votes||52,601||100.00|
Note: Conservative vote is compared to the total of the Canadian Alliance vote and Progressive Conservative vote in 2000 election.
|2000 Canadian federal election|
|Progressive Conservative||Lou Watson||6,338||15.08||-11.31|
|New Democratic||Nathan Rotman||1,653||3.93||-0.67|
|Canadian Action||Art Jaszczyk||254||0.60|
|Total valid votes||42,040||100.00|
Note: Canadian Alliance vote is compared to the Reform vote in 1997 election.
|1997 Canadian federal election|
|Progressive Conservative||Bill Fisch||11,517||26.39|
|New Democratic||Helen Breslauer||2,008||4.60|
|Natural Law||Linda Martin||261||0.60|
|Total valid votes||43,639||100.00|
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