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Agincourt is a very diverse community in Scarborough, the eastern portion of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is located at along Sheppard Avenue between Kennedy and Markham Roads (north-south includes lands between Highway 401 and Finch Avenue). It is often referred to as "Asiancourt" by Torontonians due to the overwhelming Chinese and Korean immigrant population residing there.
The neighbourhood of Tam O'Shanter-Sullivan to the west is sometimes included as part of Agincourt. Both regions are part of the electoral district of Scarborough-Agincourt, and the Agincourt Mall is located in Tam O'Shanter. It is officially recognized by the City of Toronto as occupying the neighbourhoods of Agincourt South-Malvern West and Agincourt North .
The village of Agincourt was officially founded with the establishment of the Agincourt post office, opened in June 1858 by John Hill. The name of the settlement was after Azincourt in northern France and was intended to satisfy a French Canadian Post Office Department bureaucrat who demanded that Hill give his settlement a French name, however the Azincourt in France is also the site of a decisive English victory over French forces in 1415. The original crossroads of Agincourt is located at Midland Avenue and Sheppard and served a rural agricultural population.
A Presbyterian church was built on the north-east corner, which is today's Knox United Church. In addition, a school was built, which has evolved over time into Agincourt Junior Public School (primary) and Agincourt Collegiate Institute (secondary, founded 1915), both part of the Toronto District School Board.
Two railway stations were constructed in the second half of the 19th century at Agincourt. One was built just west of the crossroads as part of the Toronto and Nipissing Railway line heading north from Scarborough Junction on the Toronto - Montreal mainline, and greatly improved access. The line eventually became part of Canadian National Railways, and the station operates today as Agincourt Station on the GO Transit commuter rail route. A second station was built east of the crossroads, just north of Sheppard and Brimley Roads, on what is today is a CP Rail track that runs from downtown Toronto diagonally northeast through the neighbourhood. Commuter rail service to Toronto's Union Station was offered, but was discontinued in the 1970s.
Agincourt saw an influx of Hong Kong Chinese and Taiwanese during the 1980s, especially around Sheppard Avenue and Midland Avenue. Since the development of Agincourt's Dragon Centre Mall in the 1980s, it has become a booming "Chinatown" and was the vanguard for the proliferation of "Chinese malls", large malls including Pacific Mall with restaurants and stores catering specifically to the Chinese community, across the GTA. Since 2000, the Agincourt Chinese population is spread thinly and many are leaving for communities north of Toronto.
Agincourt is considered to be one of the safest in Toronto as it has a low percentage of crimes committed in the area. Agincourt is a great place to live and raise a family, it offers some of the Top Schools in Toronto.
Of course Agincourt also offers some of the best in not only Chinese, but all Asian type food ranging from Thai, Japanese, Vietnamese, Hakka, and Etc.
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