The Old East Village lies just east of London, Ontario's downtown. It is bordered to the north by the CP rail yard at Central Ave, to the west by Adelaide Street, to the south by the CN rail lines at York St and to the east by Ashland Ave on the north side of Dundas St. and the CN/CP feeder lines at Kelloggs on the south side of Dundas St. The Old East Village Community Association (OEVCA) was formed as a residents' association in January of 2003 and its constitution was passed at a general meeting in January, 2004.
During its remarkable 140-year history, the Old East Village area has become an integral part of the story of London along with making far-reaching contributions to Canada and the rest of the world.
The Old East area was the site of groundbreaking research that led to the discovery of insulin. Today Sir Frederick Banting's scientific breakthrough is honoured with a museum that stands on the site of his former home on nearby Adelaide Street. The building is designated as a National Historic Site.
Imperial Oil, a major player in the world's petroleum industry, was born in Old East London when sixteen small oil refineries amalgamated there in 1880.
Just a short walk east along Dundas Street, the Western Fair has made Queens Park a favourite destination of millions of families since its arrival in Old East London back in 1887.
East London also has the distinction of giving The City of London its first mayor. Murray Anderson took office in 1855. As the founder of London East, Anderson earned a solid reputation as a manufacturer, most notably for his Globe Foundry ironworks located at Dundas and Adelaide Streets where our police station stands today.
The Old East Village holds important historical significance in the city's public transportation as well. London Street Railway later re-named the London Transportation Commission- operated for many years from the bus barns on Lyle Street. Although need for a larger facility saw the departure of what is today referred to as London Transit, the area continues to enjoy the benefit of excellent public transportation. The Old East Village is served by five major bus routes, which provide easy access to and from many areas of the city.
The Old East Village is a community that embraces its rich diversity. A welcoming home to people of numerous backgrounds, our village is truly a global village.
The initialism East Of Adelaide has its roots in the early history of the City of London. Adelaide Street was the western boundary of the former Town of East London which was amalgamated with London in 1885.
Read more about the history of Old East from the London Historical Society.
To aid and empower residents of our neighbourhood through advocacy, education and community involvement in order to establish a positive and healthy relationship with each other and with our city.
- to promote, facilitate, co-ordinate, support or undertake activities that will enhance the quality of life and the local environment of Old East Village including but not limited to the following:
- to bring residents together through social activities, educational opportunities and structured OEVCA committees and meetings so that the members of the community can build strong and enduring ties with one another.
- to maintain the residential and heritage character of Old East Village.
- to provide a vehicle for public participation in the preservation and enhancement of those unique qualities that have come to characterize Old East Village.
- to work towards the creation of an Old East Village Neighbourhood Plan, a vision document that will identify and prioritize the needs of the neighbourhood and, through public participation, develop an Action Plan to meet these needs.
- to advocate on behalf of the neighbourhood with the City of London for effective and timely bylaw enforcement and building standard monitoring processes.
- to act without partisanship in the best interests of our community