Toronto Orphanages and Day Nurseries

Matron with three orphans

Boys' Homes

Homes for boys were initially created to reduce crime by removing the boys from the streets, providing temporary shelter and finding them steady employment.

The Boys' Home

The Boys' Home was established in 1859 to provide food and lodging for boys ages five to fourteen. Children as young as seven could be hired out with a third of their wages going towards their keep.

Image - The Boys' Home
The Boys' Home 2nd Annual Report, 1861. BR