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  • The Art of the Possible

    Posted: Jan 18, 2022  

    Waterfront Toronto has a new partnership with Akin that creates affordable studio space on the waterfront at Quayside. Read how this partnership activates unused space on a temporary basis, extends the creative corridor emerging along Queens Quay and heralds the future of Quayside as a cultural hub in Toronto.


  • COP26 and the Importance of Local Action: Green Building Requirements

    Posted: Oct 28, 2021  

    On October 31, world leaders will meet to negotiate increased carbon reduction targets to keep global warming below 1.5oC. In this blog, we discuss how Waterfront Toronto’s Green Building Requirements provide a local response to this global call to action.


  • Connecting People and Opportunities to the Water

    Posted: Jul 30, 2021  

    Looking back on our progress shows us just how important it is to create a connected waterfront for everyone to enjoy. Not only does our work span the waterfront, but it also connects past projects, current undertakings, and future initiatives that transform and bring opportunity to the city, while creating vibrant public spaces.


  • A Home for Innovation in East Bayfront

    Posted: Jul 13, 2021  

    The Waterfront Innovation Centre—a 485,000 square foot purpose-built innovation workplace— is almost complete. Designed to foster collaboration for its leading-edge tenants in the creative and technology sectors in new and unexpected ways, it is also on-track to achieve LEED Platinum certification.


  • Creating Jobs and Delivering Innovation Today and Tomorrow

    Posted: Jan 27, 2021  

    Our city is up against one of the greatest challenges it has faced in recent memory. The recovery from COVID-19 will not be an easy road, and at Waterfront Toronto we are ready to do our part supporting governments in building back better and stronger.


  • Building Resilience - Looking Back at 2019-20

    Posted: Aug 25, 2020  

    2020 is a powerful reminder that our decisions in calmer times – the investments we make, the relationships we build – shape our ability to weather a crisis. In our 2019-20 Integrated Annual Report, we look back at how our work over the past year has contributed to a resilient waterfront.


  • Writing the Next Chapter in the Story of Our Waterfront

    Posted: Mar 9, 2020  

    With almost two decades of achievement propelling us forward, Waterfront Toronto is positioned to take the next steps in creating one of the best waterfronts in the world. Learn more in our latest blog post.


  • Propelled by Partnership

    Posted: Mar 2, 2020  

    Partnership is the key to our success. From our collaboration across all three levels of government to our thoughtful public engagement, read more about how partnerships will propel our work over the next five years in our new blog.


  • Applying Our New Resilience and Innovation Framework To Villiers Island

    Posted: Oct 29, 2019  

    Waterfront Toronto’s Resilience and Innovation Framework and Sustainability will come to life with the development of future waterfront communities like Villiers Island.


  • The Future of Waterfront Revitalization: Aspirational Projects

    Posted: May 6, 2019  

    We've reached the end of our blog series that dives into the three big goals that Waterfront Toronto will work towards achieving by 2023/24. In this post, we highlight four aspirational projects that we will explore over the next five years that will help make Toronto a world-class waterfront.


  • Waterfront Toronto: a legacy of achievement, an exciting future

    Posted: Apr 8, 2019  

    This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Royal Commission on the Future of Toronto's Waterfront and 20th Anniversary of the Fung Task Force that would recommend the creation of Waterfront Toronto. To celebrate, we're launching a four-part blog series that explores the history of Toronto's waterfront and what's in store for the next five years.


  • Meet the Port Lands in 2024

    Posted: Nov 28, 2018  

    On November 28, Waterfront Toronto and our government partners gathered in the Port Lands to mark a critical step in making these dreams a reality. Learn more here.


  • Here’s how we report on our social responsibility and sustainability practices

    Posted: Nov 20, 2018  

    We're pleased to announce the release of our 2015-2017 Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability Report. In this blog post, we explore the importance of this reporting for Waterfront Toronto and highlight some of our key achievements over the last few years.


  • Don Mouth Naturalization Becomes a Reality

    Posted: Aug 23, 2017  

    This June, we announced $1.25 billion in tri-government funding for Waterfront Toronto to naturalize the mouth of the Don River, provide flood protection and lay the groundwork for new communities. This project will be a vital part of helping Toronto grow in a sustainable way. Learn more about the history of the project and what's to come.


  • Town Hall Recap: 5 highlights about the future of waterfront revitalization

    Posted: Jun 15, 2017  

    As we enter the second phase of waterfront revitalization, there are new transformational projects on the horizon. On Tuesday, June 6, more than 240 people joined us at a public town hall where our CEO, Will Fleissig updated the community on our evolving mandate, new strategies and the major projects that will define the waterfront’s future. Here are five highlights from the Town Hall.


  • Quayside, A New Community That Will Be A Testbed for Solutions to Pressing Urban Challenges

    Posted: May 26, 2017  

    As cities around the world face pressing challenges, such as the imperative to address climate change and the need to provide more inclusive and affordable housing, Waterfront Toronto is aiming to create a new precedent-setting community called Quayside that will transform how we approach urban development.


  • Waterfront Toronto Town Hall 2017

    Posted: May 25, 2017  

    We’re hosting a public town hall on Tuesday, June 6 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the George Brown College Waterfront Campus. Our President and CEO, Will Fleissig, will give community members an update on what we’ve been up to over the last year, the new context for Waterfront Toronto, our evolving mandate, new strategy and major projects that will define our future.


  • Waterfront Toronto’s FUTURE CITIES Talks Return for a Discussion on Making Social Impact

    Posted: Mar 21, 2017  

    Join us on Sunday, March 26 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. for the second edition of FUTURE CITIES talks. Hosted by Waterfront Toronto CEO William Fleissig, who will be joined by special guests Sharmini Fernando, Lisa Switkin and Rebecca Carbin.


  • Interview: Documentary Pioneer Katerina Cizek on the Future of Cities and the Web

    Posted: Oct 28, 2016  

    Last month – as part of Waterfront Toronto’s FUTURE CITIES talks – Kat Cizek, an acclaimed filmmaker and pioneer in interactive and participatory documentary production, spoke about the lessons we can learn from the ways that cities and the World Wide Web intersect. Ilana Shamoon spoke with her to expand on the themes of the talk.


  • What’s With The Blue Flags?

    Posted: Jun 9, 2016  

    For 17 days in June, Luminato will take over the Hearn Generating Station in the Port Lands. During the festival, the heritage building's montumental 770 foot smokestack will be illuminated at night in a wash of light, attracting people to experience the possibilities of this area and hinting at what's to come for the Port Lands. En route to the Hearn you may notice a wave of blue flags along Cherry Street, marking one of the spots where the street will cross the new river valley.


  • Bringing Arts and Culture to Our New Waterfront Neighbourhoods

    Posted: Apr 20, 2016  

    Building on the success of Nuit Blanche 2015 and our recent Sugar Beach Sugar Shack event, we’re doing even more to help Torontonians revisit and reimagine their waterfront.


  • Why the Port Lands are Vital to Toronto’s Future

    Posted: Feb 17, 2016  

    Once the largest natural wetland in Lake Ontario, the Port Lands is a massive underutilized, brownfield site that is a reminder of Toronto's industrial past. It is one of the last significant undeveloped spaces near the city's downtown core that offers immense potential for jobs, investment and growth, reducing urban sprawl, and for demonstrating global leadership in sustainable city building.


  • A Fresh Perspective on Sustainability: Developing a New Resiliency and Innovation Framework

    Posted: Jan 15, 2016  

    We are developing a new Resiliency and Innovation Framework that will focus on climate change resiliency, advanced innovation, and smart cities development. For example, plans to revitalize the Port Lands and naturalize the mouth of the Don River will things such as green infrastructure, energy efficient buildings, renewable energy, and passive design.


  • Why is Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability Reporting Important?

    Posted: Dec 8, 2015  

    In the execution of our vision, Waterfront Toronto takes a triple bottom line approach to quantifying accomplishments. The latest results are outlined in our new Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability Report.


  • One Step Closer to Unlocking the Port Lands

    Posted: Jul 22, 2015  

    Waterfront Toronto and its government partners recently announced $5 million in funding to complete due diligence work on the proposal to naturalize the mouth of the Don River.


  • Exchanging Ideas on Planning and Design in a Changing Climate

    Posted: Jun 30, 2015  

    Canadian – Netherlands Resilient Cities Summit brought together experts from both countries to discuss and work on joint solutions to real issues and challenges for mitigating and adapting to a changing climate.


  • Let the River Flow – Protecting and Revitalizing the Port Lands

    Posted: Jun 16, 2015  

    Waterfront Toronto, working with the government and community partners, has developed a plan to transform this massive brownfield site to include new mixed-use communities with beautiful parks and natural habitats.


  • A Major Milestone for East Bayfront: Aqualina at Bayside

    Posted: Jun 6, 2015  

    Toronto Mayor John Tory came down to the Water’s Edge Promenade in Bayside last month to break ground on Hines-Tridel’s Aqualina, the first residential building in the development.


  • The Future of the Gardiner East: What Can We Learn from Other Cities?

    Posted: May 26, 2015  

    Toronto isn’t the first city to be saddled with a crumbling expressway. Here’s what we can learn from other cities that have been faced with similarly expensive, 100-year decisions.


  • How Socially Responsible and Sustainable is Waterfront Toronto?

    Posted: Apr 22, 2015  

    Read through our Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability Report and give us your feedback.


  • Waterfront Toronto's Report Card

    Posted: Mar 18, 2015  

    Waterfront Toronto will be hosting a town hall meeting, giving members of the public an opportunity to get an update and ask questions on waterfront revitalization.


  • New Innovation Centre Will Bring 2,000 Jobs to Waterfront

    Posted: Feb 10, 2015  

    Waterfront Toronto is one step closer to creating a live-work-play neighbourhood for East Bayfront with the announcement of a brand new 350,000 square foot innovation centre that will bring more than 2,000 employees to Toronto’s waterfront.


  • We Want Your Questions About Toronto’s Waterfront Revitalization

    Posted: Nov 26, 2014  

    What might Toronto’s Port Lands look like in the future? How will waterfront revitalization affect our city? Ask us your questions. We want to answer them.


  • About Our New Video: To the Waterfront

    Posted: Nov 5, 2014  

    Starting last Friday, you may have heard about a new Waterfront Toronto video. If you were at the movies over this past weekend, you might have seen it.


  • A New Way to Tell the Waterfront Story

    Posted: Oct 31, 2014  

    We hear a lot of questions about waterfront revitalization – from citizens, from journalists and even from those who live and work on the waterfront. We want to answer these questions. Here's how.


  • John Campbell Speaks to the Toronto Region Board of Trade

    Posted: Oct 27, 2014  

    Last Monday, Waterfront Toronto’s President and CEO, John Campbell, gave a speech to business leaders at a Toronto Region Board of Trade luncheon. His remarks touched on the work our agency has done over the last decade and looked ahead at the decade to come.


  • Toronto to Host 2015 Intelligent Community Forum Summit and Awards

    Posted: Sep 22, 2014  

    In 1995, Toronto hosted the world's first Smart City event, under the name, Smart'95. Twenty years later, the Intelligent Community Forum is bringing the global movement’s annual conference and awards back to the city where it all began.


  • Well-Thought-Out Transit is Key to Making Commuting Less Stressful

    Posted: Aug 12, 2014  

    Seamless, efficient and usable urban transport options in Sweden and Denmark make it easy to get around. Creating an integrated system that works takes you farther than preaching “leave the car home,” says York University psychology professor David L. Wiesenthal.


  • Our Position on the Revitalization of Ontario Place

    Posted: Jul 31, 2014  

    Waterfront Toronto is encouraged by the plan announced yesterday by Ontario’s Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport to revitalize Ontario Place.


  • Toronto City Council to Vote on Strategic Review of Waterfront Revitalization

    Posted: Jul 7, 2014  

    This week, Toronto’s City Council will consider a proposal to conduct a strategic review of the next phase of waterfront revitalization. The proposed review will have an important impact on the next phase of our city’s waterfront revitalization. Here's why.


  • Transparency and Accountability on the Waterfront

    Posted: Jul 4, 2014  

    We're committed to earning the trust and confidence of Torontonians and the broader public that we serve by being honest and open and by acting with integrity and accountability. So here's what we've done.


  • It’s More Than Just Umbrellas at Sugar Beach

    Posted: Jun 26, 2014  

    Canada’s Sugar Beach has been in the news lately, held up as an extravagance and a park created without oversight. All of this is untrue – in fact, Sugar Beach is an excellent example of what Waterfront Toronto was created to do – create great parks and public spaces to spur the development of new communities.


  • More Affordable Housing Coming to the Waterfront

    Posted: Jun 11, 2014  

    Yesterday, Toronto City Council approved a plan to develop 80 affordable rental homes within a market condominium building in the emerging Bayside development in East Bayfront.


  • Leave the Car at Home: How Employers Can Lead the Charge Toward a More Sustainable Commute

    Posted: Jun 10, 2014  

    It’s not just good for the environment – riding public transit, walking or cycling to work saves money and makes you healthier. Here's how employers can help.


  • Toronto Named Intelligent Community of the Year

    Posted: Jun 6, 2014  

    Last night in New York City, the Intelligent Community Forum named Toronto as its Intelligent Community of the Year. The award recognizes the city's global leadership in creating economic opportunity for its citizens in the new "broadband economy."


  • We Want Your Feedback: Villiers Island (Cousins Quay) Precinct Plan

    Posted: May 27, 2014  

    Your participation and ideas are important and will help shape the future of Villiers Island and the Port Lands. Send us your ideas, comments and feedback online by May 29, 2014.


  • Myth: If you take down the eastern Gardiner Expressway, traffic will have nowhere to go.

    Posted: Feb 28, 2014  

    The Reality: Many cities have removed their elevated expressways without replacing the road capacity. Defying common sense, the result has been a decrease in traffic and demand for roads as drivers adapt their behaviour to the new reality. What lessons can we learn from case studies around the world?