Government Buildings in Scarborough
Every city has its own government buildings: from municipal government run buildings to branches of the federal government. There’s a few government buildings in Scarborough for your various civic and legal needs. Here’s what you need to know about the buildings in Scarborough.
Canada Centre Building
This building is the biggest government building in Scarborough. This building is located at 200 Town Centre Court. There are many services this building offers: Social Development Canada, Passport Canada and the Canada Revenue Agency. It is located between the Scarborough Civic Centre and Scarborough Town Centre. Built in 1986, this building is centrally located so it’s accessible by all of those who need these services.
Scarborough Civic Centre
This building, located right beside Canada Centre Building, was initially designed to be the city hall for Scarborough. It also served as the municipal board and office for the Board of Education, but when Scarborough was amalgamated into the City of Toronto it no longer needed its own municipal centre. It is now home to the Scarborough Community Council and the Toronto Board of Education. The civic centre is located at 160 Borough Drive in Scarborough.
Scarborough Health Department
Located at 305 Milner Ave this government building acts as an extension of Health Canada. You can also find health clinics – such a dental – at various buildings around the city. For dental clinics, you can visit 160 Borough Drive to access dental clinics and services offered by the city.
Former Offices of the City of Scarborough
These buildings, located just south of the Scarborough Town Centre, were previously used to run the city of Scarborough before it became part of the Greater Toronto Area. Scarborough’s Community Council, which is made up of the ten elected councilors of Scarborough, still meet here monthly to discuss and decide on a variety of local issues. These community issues can involve traffic plans, by-law exemptions, construction applications and some license renewals. All decisions must be approved by the City of Toronto before being in effect, of course, but Scarborough still retains some independence by deciding on these issues before they are presented to Toronto’s council.
There are three locations for Service Ontario in Scarborough: 2300 Lawrence Avenue Eat, 4800 Sheppard Avenue East and 3495 Lawrence Avenue East. You can renew your driver’s license and health card at these locations, but some locations also issue birth, death and marriage certificates along with fishing and hunting licenses. You can also get new license plates, and renew your sticker plates at all locations. The offices are open Monday – Saturday so there’s lots of opportunity for you to get here and complete the business necessary.
Since Scarborough was once its own city it has a unique combination of municipal office buildings and government buildings that are an extension of the City of Toronto. It’s retained some of its autonomy by holding its own city council meetings to decide on various issues before they go before Toronto Council. Even though it was amalgamated into the GTA, it has kept its old buildings and many of them are still in use for various other purposes.
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