The St. Lawrence Neighbourhood Association (SLNA) is an Association of residents in the St Lawrence area of the City of Toronto and is incorporated as a non-profit Corporation. The SLNA has served the St. Lawrence neighbourhood and its 30,000 - 35,000 residents since 1982.
An advocate for responsible development, the SLNA promotes public and pedestrian safety, organises events and celebrations, and champions our neighbourhood's interests with all levels of government.
This neighbourhood is a mixed-income, ethnically diverse residential and commercial community adjoining the Central Business District. It extends from Queen Street East south to the rail corridor and from Yonge Street east to Parliament Street.
St. Lawrence includes the ten original blocks of the Town of York. The many low-rise yellow and red brick buildings in this 19th century core lend the neighbourhood a distinctive historic character. The part of St. Lawrence clustered around The Esplanade and constructed in the late 20th century contains a family-friendly, mixed income residential neighbourhood that combines low-rent and subsidized rental accommodation with co-ops, condominiums and individually owned homes.
- To enhance the quality of life in the St. Lawrence neighbourhood.
- To encourage change and development beneficial to all residents, visitors and businesses in the St. Lawrence neighbourhood.
- To strengthen the heritage character of the St. Lawrence neighbourhood.
- To represent the Members of the Association in negotiations and communications with neighbouring associations, groups, individuals, the media and the general public.
- To represent the St. Lawrence neighbourhood at all levels of government and to influence political actions affecting the St. Lawrence neighbourhood.
- To encourage a sense of community within the St. Lawrence neighbourhood.
- To act as an interface and facilitate communications for all groups within the St. Lawrence neighbourhood.
- To undertake projects requiring - or benefiting from - community support to serve overall community purposes and the objectives of the Association.
These can be divided into two basic objectives:
- Community building
- Monitoring and influencing new developments
Safety is a special part of our community-building program, we work closely with 51 Division of the Toronto Police Service. We appoint a representative to the 51 Division Community-Police Liaison Committee, which provides feedback from the neighbourhood to the police and from the police to the neighbourhood.
The Canada Day celebration on July 1st represents an outreach program to bring the neighbourhood’s multicultural groups together in planning and participating in a parade and picnic to celebrate this special day.
Monitoring and influencing new developments
The SLNA Development Committee is a sophisticated lobbying group working with city planners and developers. Their mandate is to ensure that new developments in our area follow City policies. More information on the Committee and the Guidelines they follow is available HERE.
The SLNA is dedicated to helping the St. Lawrence neighbourhood maintain its international reputation as a model for a diverse, mixed-income, multicultural, healthy and safe living neighbourhood.