Established in 1964 as Scarborough College, the University of Toronto Scarborough has been an influential member of the Scarborough community for over 50 years. With a diverse student population and a picturesque campus located within Highland Creek in northeast Toronto, University of Toronto Scarborough has become a hub of student activity, groundbreaking research and community engagement. The University of Toronto Scarborough is intricately rooted in the community and invested in it's long-term success. It is based on a firm belief of encouraging local knowledge and expertise, through community based research, scholarship and partnership with faculty, staff and students.
Anchor institutions are large public or nonprofit organizations – such as hospitals, universities or government agencies – that are rooted in community. An anchor mission is the process of deliberately deploying the institution’s long-term, place-based economic power to strengthen a local community, especially neighbourhoods where people facing historic and other barriers to economic opportunity. As an anchor institution, the University of Toronto Scarborough is among the Eastern GTA’s' largest employers and purchasers of goods and services. The University has a unique ability to improve the quality of life for all residents. By working together with anchor institutions such as the Scarborough and Rouge Hospital, Centennial College, Toronto Zoo and the Rouge National Urban Park, the University will be able to collectively generate more positive social impact.
At the University of Toronto Scarborough the core principles of our Anchor Institution Strategy include: Social Procurement, Incubation, Network Building, Advocacy & Advising, Community Hub and Knowledge Exchange & Mobilization
 The Prosperous Province: Strategies for Building Community Wealth, Mowat Centre/Atkinson Foundation, August 2015.