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About East Chinatown

Home Instead Senior Care provides in-home care for residents in East Chinatown.

East Chinatown's  boundaries are Broadview Avenue to the west, Howland Road to the east, Simpson Avenue the north, and Mount Steven to the south. It is within the South Riverdale area of Toronto.

East Chinatown was developed as a result of increased property values in downtown Chinatown.  Many Chinese Canadians migrated to Toronto's east end to form a smaller Chinese community on Gerrard Street East between Broadview Avenue and Carlaw Avenue.

East Chinatown Ammenities for Seniors


Broadview TTC stations is north of East Chinatown.  It is wheelchair accessible and provides east/west subway trains, northbound buses and southbound streetcars.

Streetcars run from Broadview Station south along Broadview Avenue and then east-west along King Street (route 504) and Dundas (route 505) and Gerrard (route 506 Carlton) runs from Main Street Station.

Wheel-Trans provides door-to-door accessible transit service for persons with physical disabilities using accessible buses, contracted accessible and sedan taxis.  Their strict eligibility guidelines can be discussed via appointment by calling 416 393-4111.  Once eligibility is confirmed, reservations are made at 416 393-4222.

Toronto Ride provides door-to-door, assisted transportation to seniors 55+ and adults with disabilities who are not eligible for Wheel-Trans. This partnership of 14 not-for-profit agencies in Toronto can be reached at 416 481-5250.

​Seniors may be eligible for an Accessibility Parking Permit through the City of Toronto.  Inquire at 416 235-2999.

Non-Medical transportation for Seniors to important appointments can also be arranged with accompaniment through your local Home Instead office.

Parks, Community Centres:

Since 1980, the Ralph Thornton Centre has been a multi-purpose community facility at 765 Queen Street East.  Programs range from Arts, Mediation, Community, Education, Environment, Social Wellbeing and Cooking.  It was named after a taxi driver and prominent Riverdale community activist.  416-392-6810.

Woodgreen Community Care and Wellness for Seniors (at 444 Logan Avenue near Gerrard Street) offers supportive housing, meal programs, adult day programs for persons living with Alzheimer's, including transportation to medical appointments and other outings.  Languages spoken are English, Cantonese, Mandarin, Filipino and Vietnamese. 416 572-3575

Jimmie Simpson Recreation Centre is a large facility located at Jimmie Simpson Park at 870 Queen Street East.  It is a hub for free recreation programming with tennis and basketball courts, a swimming pool and offers adult courses like Cardio Dance, Yoga and Palates as well as Muscle Conditioning.  416 392-0751.

East End Community Health Centre (at 1619 Queen Street East at Coxwell Avenue) provides Medical Services, Counselling/Psychotherapy, Physiotherapy, Nutrition, Client Support and Community Programs.  416 778-5858.

South Riverdale Community Health Centre (at 955 Queen Street East) offers a variety of programs for seniors such as Evening Tai Chi & Qi Gong, Gentle Tai Chi, Grandparents Support Group and a Seniors Wellness Group with service in English, Mandarin and Cantonese.  416 461-1925.

Frankland Community Centre & Pool (at  816 Logan Ave, south of the Danforth) is a smaller facility located in Frankland School with a pool and two gyms. 416 392-0749

Second Mile Club of Toronto (in the Matty Eckler Recreation Centre at 953 Gerrard St E near Pape Ave) is a Community centre for older adults offering social, education and recreation programs like line dancing, fitness classes, Mahjong, bingo, arts, crafts and Euchre.  416 597-0841.

Withrow Park is a 8.5-hectare park with an ice rink, wading pool, tennis courts, ball diamonds, volleyball courts, sports fields, and a leash-free area.  It was created in the 1910's  and is among Toronto's large multi-purpose parks. The park goes from Logan Avenue to the West, Carlaw Avenue to the east, Bain Avenue on the south and McConnell Avenue on the north. It hosts a weekly farmer's market, in season.

Riverdale Park East, which is located south of the Danforth off Broadview Avenue, is one of Toronto's largest parks and has a swimming pool, rink, tennis courts, sports fields, walking/running track, an ice rink and access to the Don Valley Ravine with walking and biking trail along the Don River.   It also offers stunning views of the cityscape.


The Riverdale (at 370 Broadview Avenue near Gerrard Street) 416 393-7720 and Jones (118 Jones Avenue) 416 393-7715 branches are wheelchair accessible and offer books, films, internet access and community-based programs including bilingual (Chinese/English) programming.

Hospitals, Clinics and Healthcare:  

The nearest hospital is Toronto East General Hospital (at 825 Coxwell Avenue and Sammon Avenue) and has an emergency department.  416 461-8272.

Bridgepoint Active Health is located at 14 St. Mathews Road (off Broadview Avenue just north of Gerrard Street).  The newly renovated hospital has been internationally recognized for dedication to getting patients and their families living with complex health conditions back to their lives. Bridgepoint is the single largest organization in Canada to focus exclusively on research, care and teaching for people with complex health conditions.  416 416-8252

Support Enhance Access Service Centre  (at 606 Gerrard St East and Broadview Avenue) offers Senior's Drop-In which is an informal meeting place for Southeast Asian seniors (Cambodian, Chinese, Lao, Vietnamese) with recreation and weekly social events.  They also offer a Filipino Program with support services for Live-in Caregiver Program participants.  S.E.A.S. Centre ( Support enhance Access Service Centre) is a not-for-profit social service agency promoting individual well-being, enhancing family harmony, and encouraging community involvement in all walks of life through diverse program, volunteer opportunities and community activities. 416 466-8842.

Albany Medical Clinic is located at 807 Broadview Ave (at Pretoria) 416-461-9471 is a relatively new facility that offers a walk in clinic, physiotherapy and medical diagnostics.

​Did you know?

Toronto Zhong Hua Men Archway at Broadview Avenue and Gerrard Street East was a joint project between the City of Toronto and the Chinese Chamber of Commerce (East Toronto) completed in 2009. In keeping with the traditional Chinese 'Paifeng' style of commemorating the great achievements of one's ancestors, it  is engraved with messages of goodwill and wisdom.

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