Bordered by Steeles Avenue to the north, Bayview Avenue to the east, Highway 401 to the south, and the Don River and Bathurst Street to the west, Willowdale is home to over 118,800 residents with an average age of 38.5, slightly below that of the city. The average household income is $87,416, lower than the city-wide average. Willowdale is one of the most diverse wards in the city—67 percent of residents identify as visible minorities, and 61 percent are immigrants, primarily from Iran, China, the Philippines, and South Korea. Outgoing councillor John Filion has served on city council since 1997.

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