The Yonge Street Mission

 With the emergence of the Yonge Street Mission in 1896, it has been reaching out to meet the needs of people living in poverty in Toronto.

  • 1897- 1904: The Mission is relocated to rented premises at Yonge and Shuter Streets.
  • 1961: An office building on Victoria Street, behind the Mission, is purchased to serve as the first Youth Center- Yonge Street Mission Youth Center opens.
  • 1962: Yonge Street Youth Center opens.
  • 1966: YSM Youth Center is expropriated by Ryerson Polytechnic Institute (now Ryerson University)
  • 1996 October: Yonge Street Mission celebrates its 100th anniversary helping the poor in downtown Toronto.

– As Sourced by the Yonge Street Mission website:


Yonge Street Mission lineup (Google Images)

The Yonge Street Mission (YSM) conducted interviews with agencies serving youth and street involved youth from all backgrounds, in all parts of the city. They found that:

  • Youth Are predominantly driven to the street, not drawn there.
  • Over past two decades many changes have come to Toronto’s inner city, such as new development throughout downtown, demographic changes in the urban centre and civic projects, such as the Yonge-Dundas Square. These changes have altered the face of Toronto’s downtown and have affected the people living there.
  • To this, homeless and street- involved youth have been highly affected.

About Ryerson On Yonge

A course in the Faculty of Arts, we have been studying the history of the neighbourhood around Yonge and Dundas, and Ryerson campus, in order to consider the social context and cultural importance of the new Student Learning Centre, which will occupy 341 through 355 Yonge Street. This blog is not an official Ryerson publication, and is a student-composed analysis of campus and its neighbourhood.
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