In her youth, Boland became well known for her roles in the Canadian children's television shows Noddy and The Zack Files. Since then, she has had significant parts in many television film, and starred in the drama miniseries Terminal City. Boland starred as Christine in the 2007 Hallmark Channel original film The Note and its 2009 sequel Taking a Chance on Love. She has also starred in several independent films, notably Some Things That Stay, Mount Pleasant, Adoration, Growing Op and Daydream Nation. In 2009, she was chosen by Elle Canada as one of three Canadians to watch.
Boland wrote and starred in the Hulu web series Long Story, Short, co-created with her mother Gail Harvey, who directed. It was filmed in the house where she grew up and based on her essays “The Summer I Lost My Mind”.
Boland was born in Toronto, Ontario. She lives between Los Angeles and Toronto. In her spare time, she writes novels and works as a journalist for the Toronto Star, Blog TO, SheDoesTheCity and TChad Quarterly. She also writes a blog, with excerpts of her fiction and non-fiction.