Joseph Chalil, a teacher from southern India, carries his tan briefcase as his wife and their two children walk home by his side.
Strolling along the sidewalk in Toronto’s youngest neighbourhood, according to the 2006 census, they offer a refreshing sight in a city getting old. The Chalils arrived in Canada and moved into this Flemingdon Park neighbourhood last year.
The average age of their family is 24.5.
According to the 2006 census, the average age of the area, which runs from the Don Valley Parkway in the east to Gateway Boulevard in the west and Grenoble Drive in the north to Flemingdon Park in the south, is 26.6.
It’s part of a trend: Families arrive in Canada with young children in affordable neighbourhoods where members of their ethnic communities have already settled, before saving enough money to move on.