From Township to Amalgamation
The name “Etobicoke” originates with the Mississauga First Nation, who called Etobicoke Creek and the area around it “Adobigok”, meaning “where the alders grow.” The Mississaugas had moved from the Mississagi River area on Lake Huron to the north shore of Lake Ontario around 1700.
Key Dates in Etobicoke’s History
1799First reference to “Etobicoke” as a township in the Minutes of a York County meeting.
1850Becomes an independent township with its own elected council, led by a reeve
1953Etobicoke Township, Mimico, New Toronto and Long Branch became 4 of 13 municipalities in the new Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto (April 1)
1967Etobicoke Township, Mimico, New Toronto and Long Branch amalgamated to become the Borough of Etobicoke, led by a mayor (January 1)
1983Etobicoke incorporated as a City (June 29)
1998Etobicoke, along with Scarborough, North York, York and East York, are incorporated into the City of Toronto (January 1)