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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 Local Action: Villiers Island, Toronto’s Climate Positive Neighbourhood

    Posted: Nov 15, 2021  

    Designing a new neighbourhood offers a unique opportunity to show leadership on sustainable development. Through the creation and deployment of real-world solutions that help mitigate climate change, Villiers Island will demonstrate what it means to lead with sustainability and resilience.


  • Climate Resilience: Protection Against Flooding and Extreme Weather

    Posted: Nov 8, 2021  

    Climate change is already happening. Here’s what we can do to enhance the resilience of waterfront communities in Toronto.


  • Love Park: A Love Letter to Resilience

    Posted: Oct 15, 2021  

    Waterfront Toronto is committed to delivering resilient projects that can adapt to a changing climate and an increase in extreme weather events. From stormwater management to biophilic design, see how this commitment has been translated into the design of Love Park.


  • Bridging the Gap to Next Generation Sustainable Communities

    Posted: Aug 6, 2021  

    Our commitment to deliver on unprecedented sustainability targets ensures that Toronto’s waterfront will be enjoyed for generations. We’re taking steps to protect the environment and habitats on the waterfront, while creating sustainable communities and public spaces.


  • Toronto is Getting the Treatment it Deserves: Stormwater Management System Is Up and Running

    Posted: Apr 21, 2021  

    With the completion of the Cherry Street Stormwater Management Facility in March 2021, a key component in the larger Stormwater Management System is now in place.


  • 3 Ways Port Lands Flood Protection Supports Toronto's Ravine Strategy

    Posted: Mar 25, 2021  

    Toronto’s Ravine Strategy recognizes their importance – environmentally, economically, and socially. We’re expanding the Don Valley ravine by digging a new mouth for the river, providing a vital connection between the ravine system and the lake.


  • A New, Resilient Vision for Sustainable Neighbourhoods on the Waterfront

    Posted: Feb 8, 2021  

    With evolution in Toronto’s real estate industry and advancement of green building specifications, Waterfront Toronto has accordingly updated requirements to deliver zero-carbon-ready buildings.


  • 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.


  • Now more than ever: Planning for the public good

    Posted: Jan 18, 2021  

    We are constantly adapting to the changes brought on by COVID-19 and at times it hasn’t been easy. Knowing the challenges our city has faced over the past year and looking ahead to a post-pandemic recovery, we know that Toronto’s waterfront continues to play an important role in making our city a great place to live, work and play.


  • Virtual Town Hall - Toronto's Waterfront, Now More Than Ever

    Posted: Dec 14, 2020  

    Thank you to all those who joined our live Virtual Town Hall. We hope that you learned something new about what is happening on the waterfront and are excited about what’s ahead.


  • How Villiers Island Will Create Jobs, Greenspace and More

    Posted: Jun 23, 2020  

    The precinct plan for Villiers Island is blueprint for a new climate positive neighbourhood that will bring jobs and greenspace to Toronto’s water’s edge. Precinct plans lay the groundwork to rezone land for new uses, including residential and park land. The 33.5 hectare area in the Port Lands that will become Villiers Island is currently zoned only for industrial use, like most of the Central Waterfront before we began revitalization. The Villiers Island Precinct Plan provides a vision and planning framework to guide the development of Villiers Island in Toronto’s Port Lands. As the first mixed-use community in the Port Lands, Villiers Island will kick-start revitalization, contributing to the creation of a series of unique and memorable districts.


  • Built to Weather the Storm: The Cherry Street Stormwater Management Facility

    Posted: Jun 10, 2020  

    In order to create vibrant and sustainable places along Toronto’s waterfront, essential infrastructure is needed. One such initiative is the stormwater management system that we are building to serve current and future waterfront communities.


  • Toronto's Waterfront is Getting Healthier

    Posted: Apr 7, 2020  

    Toronto waters often get a bad rap – but after 30 years of improvements with more on the way, isn’t it time we celebrate our waterfront?


  • At-Home Science Experiments: Secchi Discs

    Posted: Mar 31, 2020  

    Port Lands Flood Protection relies on many different science and engineering disciplines. Learn one way we test water quality and how to measure water turbidity at home.


  • 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.


  • 20 Years of Placemaking

    Posted: Feb 24, 2020  

    We are excited to share our 2020-2025 Strategic Plan—a guiding document that explores past accomplishments, outlines the exciting work that is currently underway on the waterfront and proposes a series of aspirational projects for the future. Learn more in this blog post.


  • Toronto’s First LEED Platinum Residential Building is Coming to the Waterfront

    Posted: Jan 28, 2020  

    Bayside’s Aqualina is the second residential building in Canada and the first in Toronto to achieve the Canada Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum designation.


  • Parks for the Twenty-First Century

    Posted: Nov 4, 2019  

    We're building heavily-designed infrastructure, engineered to protect hundreds of hectares from flooding. Integrated into this infrastructure will be a series of connected aquatic, wetland, and terrestrial habitats.


  • 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.


  • How We're Digging a New River in the Port Lands

    Posted: Oct 24, 2019  

    Our team has designed a new path for the river so that floodwaters have some place to go. Learn more about the engineering behind this design.


  • There’s a brand-new park on Toronto’s waterfront

    Posted: Oct 21, 2019  

    Located in the heart of the emerging Bayside community, Aitken Place Park is a newly completed waterfront park connecting the area with the broader East Bayfront neighbourhood – a growing live, work, play and learn destination.


  • How we plan to create resilient and climate positive waterfront communities

    Posted: Sep 24, 2019  

    In 2017, we released our Resilience and Innovation Framework for Sustainability - an important document that reflects our commitment to environmental sustainability and guides our work towards creating climate positive communities. In this blog post, we examine the corresponding Action Plan that identifies the specific initiatives that will help us in achieving our objectives.


  • Quayside Consultation Engages Over 1,000 Participants

    Posted: Sep 19, 2019  

    Waterfront Toronto held consultations to orient the public to the MIDP and hear what is important to the public.


  • Welcome to Toronto’s newest waterfront community: East Bayfront

    Posted: Aug 9, 2019  

    Up until the early 2000's, East Bayfront was a vacant and underutilized area just east of Toronto's central waterfront. After years of planning and consultation, this neighbourhood is now a thriving, mixed-use community where people from all walks of life can live, work, play and learn.


  • The Future of Waterfront Revitalization: Imagining Canada’s Next Generation Community

    Posted: Apr 23, 2019  

    Over the next five years, there are three overarching goals that Waterfront Toronto will work towards achieving by 2023/24. This week's blog post explores the second goal that will contribute to waterfront revitalization: Imagining Canada’s Next Generation Community.


  • CSRSR Profile Series: Aquatic Habitat

    Posted: Mar 7, 2019  

    For the third installment of our 2017 CSRSR profile series, we're headed underwater to explore the important role that Waterfront Toronto has played in supporting Lake Ontario's aquatic ecosystems.


  • CSRSR Profile Series: Green Buildings

    Posted: Feb 11, 2019  

    For the second installment of our 2017 CSRSR profile series, we're looking at Waterfront Toronto's history of pushing the boundaries in green building design and some of our recent achievements thanks to precedent-setting sustainability standards.


  • CSRSR Profile Series: Public Realm

    Posted: Jan 23, 2019  

    In this five-part CSRSR Profile Series, we explore different themes and key accomplishments that have come out of our 2017 Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability Report. For our first installment, we dive into some of our public realm achievements.


  • A winter guide to fostering healthy streets in Toronto

    Posted: Jan 17, 2019  

    Whether you love or hate the snow, we can all agree that keeping our streets safe and accessible is a top priority in the winter. There are many methods to managing snow and ice - but some methods could be negatively impacting the environment, including nearby trees and waterways. This post outlines sustainable de-icing practices that are simple and effective.


  • Realizing the Waterfront’s Potential: Setting strong objectives and a clear evaluation framework for Quayside

    Posted: Dec 14, 2018  

    On December 8, 2018, hundreds of Toronto residents joined us at the Quayside public roundtable. At the meeting Waterfront Toronto shared its approach to how the proposed plan for Quayside will be evaluated and the objectives against which it will be assessed. Read this summary to learn more about the meeting and find out how you can still participate and share your feedback.


  • Addressing Civic Literacy at Quayside: The First Civic Lab

    Posted: Dec 12, 2018  

    On November 23, 2018, Waterfront Toronto hosted the first Civic Lab discussion, a three-hour seminar to help address civic literacy at Quayside. Find out more.


  • 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.


  • Smart Cities. Smart Governance. Civic Labs on digital governance and intellectual property at Quayside

    Posted: Nov 19, 2018  

    In November 2018, Waterfront Toronto will host the first of a series of Civic Labs to help shape the direction of the Sidewalk Toronto project. Read this blog to find out more.


  • Tell Us About the Experiences You’d Like to Have in Two New Waterfront Parks

    Posted: Mar 9, 2018  

    On January 22, 2018, we held a public meeting to gather feedback from local residents on what experiences they'd like to have at the new York Street and Rees Street Parks. This feedback will help to inform the design brief given to teams during the upcoming design competition for the two new waterfront spaces. If you missed the meeting, there are still plenty of ways to get involved and give us your feedback.


  • Summary: Community Consultation on Port Lands Flood Protection

    Posted: Feb 26, 2018  

    Missed our recent community meeting? Watch the presentation and Q&A here.


  • What Makes A Great Park?

    Posted: Dec 5, 2017  

    While all parks are distinct in their own ways, great parks share common characteristics such as access to the surrounding community, a variety of activities, comfort and quality design. In a truly great urban park, all of these elements blend together to create an enjoyable space for everyone.


  • Building on Sustainability: Villiers Island

    Posted: Oct 16, 2017  

    Along with many of its key features, Villiers Island will aim to be one of the first climate positive communities in Canada. In order to achieve that goal for, we reexamined neighborhood design elements that affect energy, building and transportation emissions.


  • 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.


  • Taking Pride in Our Waterfront

    Posted: Feb 21, 2017  

    We've been working hard to make Toronto's post-industrial waterfront a place to be proud of. Old parking lots and abandoned lands have been reimagined as dynamic new spaces for people. From cotton-candy-pink umbrellas and sugary white sand at Canada’s Sugar Beach to the chirping crickets and frogs of Corktown Common’s wetland, it's time to fall in love with your waterfront again.


  • Waterfront Design Review Panel Seeking New Members

    Posted: Feb 15, 2017  

    Since 2005, the Waterfront Design Review Panel has been a forum for advancing excellence in design and city-building on the waterfront. We are now seeking seven new members to join the Design Review Panel.


  • Toronto, This Is Your Waterfront

    Posted: Feb 7, 2017  

    For more than a decade, Waterfront Toronto has been working diligently to make Toronto’s post-industrial waterfront a place for people. We’ve already completed more than 20 new and improved parks and public spaces, essential infrastructure to protect the city’s downtown – including the Financial District – from catastrophic flooding, and new neighbourhoods like the West Don Lands. Have you been out to explore our new waterfront?


  • From the Archives: Sherbourne Common (North)

    Posted: Feb 1, 2017  

    In this edition of From the Archives, we explore the transformation of the north side of Sherbourne Common from an industrial area to one of Toronto's most unique public spaces.


  • From the Archives: Sherbourne Common (South)

    Posted: Jan 16, 2017  

    In this edition of From the Archives, we explore the transformation of the south side of Sherbourne Common from an industrial area to one of Toronto's most unique public spaces.


  • What is a Flood Protection Landform?

    Posted: Sep 23, 2016  

    In this blog post, we explore the importance of the flood protection landform in the West Don Lands - a vital piece of urban infrastructure that sits beneath the surface of Corktown Common and protects more than 500 acres of downtown lands from flooding.


  • Parking It: Ashbridges Bay Park

    Posted: Sep 7, 2016  

    Parking It is a weekly series of blog posts – running all summer long – that will explore Toronto’s system of waterfront parks. This week we're discovering Ashbridges Bay Park.


  • Parking It: Tommy Thompson Park

    Posted: Aug 16, 2016  

    Parking It is a weekly series of blog posts – running all summer long – that will explore Toronto’s system of waterfront parks. We're discovering Tommy Thompson Park this week.


  • From the Archives: Corktown Common

    Posted: Aug 9, 2016  

    What was once part of a neglected post-industrial area within a floodplain, Corktown Common now functions as both a captivating public space and critical flood protection mechanism.


  • Parking It: Discovering HTO Park

    Posted: Aug 2, 2016  

    Parking It is a weekly series of blog posts – running all summer long – that will explore Toronto’s system of waterfront parks. We're discovering HTO Park this week.


  • Parking It: Discovering Mimico Waterfront Park

    Posted: Jul 15, 2016  

    Parking It is a weekly series of blog posts – running all summer long – that will explore Toronto’s system of waterfront parks. This week we're discovering Mimico Waterfront Park.


  • Parking It: Discovering Marie Curtis Park

    Posted: Jul 8, 2016  

    Parking It is a weekly series of blog posts – running all summer long – that will explore Toronto’s system of waterfront parks.


  • The next phase of the West Don Lands is coming to life!

    Posted: Apr 7, 2016  

    When Waterfront Toronto was established, our mandate included the planning and creation of high-quality, sustainable, inclusive communities that are connected to adjacent areas and to the rest of the city. Today, the very first of these new communities – the West Don Lands – is fully open for the public to explore and discover.


  • Net Zero Energy Dwelling (NetZED) On The Waterfront

    Posted: Mar 22, 2016  

    Toronto’s revitalized waterfront will feature some of the greenest buildings and neighbourhoods in the world. To help curb climate change, all of our development partners are required to meet our Minimum Green Building Requirements and build advanced, high performance buildings, and also promote sustainable lifestyle choices by tenants and residents. Tridel, our development partner in Bayside, is going above and beyond our minimum requirements: Aqualina, the first residential building under construction in Bayside, is targeting LEED Platinum certification and will also have a net zero energy suite.


  • 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.


  • Creating and Restoring Natural Habitat Along Our Waterfront

    Posted: Feb 11, 2016  

    Creating and restoring aquatic and terrestrial habitat is an important part of waterfront revitalization. Together with our partners, we are focused on helping to restore the quality of the lake’s water and shoreline.


  • 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.


  • Tell Us What You Think About the Emerging Plans for the Port Lands?

    Posted: Nov 16, 2015  


  • Shaping the Future: Placemaking in the Port Lands and Connecting South of Eastern

    Posted: Nov 9, 2015  

    The Port Lands, an underutilized industrial area with extensive waterfront access located just east of Toronto’s downtown, offers an unprecedented revitalization opportunity. Roughly the same size as downtown Toronto, we envision transforming this massive brownfield site into a complete and vibrant community comprised of residential, commercial and industrial uses.


  • From the Archives: Mimico Waterfront Park

    Posted: Sep 17, 2015  

    In 2008, residents of the Mimico neighbourhood in Etobicoke finally had access to the lakefront with Mimico Waterfront Park, after decades of being cut off from it.


  • 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.


  • A Walk through the Revitalized Queens Quay

    Posted: Jun 17, 2015  

    After three years of one-way traffic on Queens Quay, the street was fully reopened to two-way traffic on June 10. Before this major change to the street, we invited members of the public to join us on a site walk.


  • 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.


  • It’s Spring on Queens Quay, So We're Planting New Trees This Week

    Posted: Apr 30, 2015  

    Tree planting began on the south side of Queens Quay today. Once planted these trees will grow faster and thrive longer thanks to soil cell technology.


  • What You’ve Been Saying About the Design for Aitken Place Park

    Posted: Apr 29, 2015  

    With just a day and a half left to go before the deadline (April 30, 2015 at 11:59pm), this is your last chance to tell us what you think about the preliminary design for Aitken Place Park. Here's what people have been saying so far.


  • This New Outer Harbour Recreational Node is Home to Fish, Fowl and Fans of Both

    Posted: Apr 24, 2015  

    An inviting outcropping at the water’s edge in Lake Ontario Park, the new Outer Harbour Recreational Node is an accessible space to enjoy recreational fishing, bird watching or to simply sit and enjoy nature. And, it’s also a great resting spot for those using the nearby Martin Goodman Trial and Tommy Thompson Park Trail system.


  • 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.


  • Both Beautiful and Functional: Toronto’s Next-Generation Stormwater Infrastructure

    Posted: Feb 18, 2015  

    A new stormwater management system will serve the neighbourhoods in East Bayfront, the West Don Lands and future communities north of the Keating Channel.


  • Research Project Seeks to Improve Transportation Model and Reduce City’s Carbon Footprint

    Posted: Dec 3, 2014  

    The University of Toronto Transportation Research Institute has developed a new app for iPhone and Android that tracks travel behaviour. The data collected will help develop a new transportation model that could help us solve Toronto’s transportation challenges.


  • 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.


  • More Than Just Green Spaces: Linear Parks Create Social, Economic and Environmental Benefits for Neighbourhoods

    Posted: Oct 5, 2014  

    Our city boasts a diverse and extensive network of green spaces that are treasured by residents from Etobicoke to Scarborough, Downtown to North York. From the big and lively to the small and intimate, each urban park has its own unique character. But one type of park has steadily been gaining popularity in Toronto and around the globe: The linear park. And for good reasons too.


  • Native Plants Make Healthy Ecosystems in Toronto’s Urban Wilderness

    Posted: Aug 21, 2014  

    Tommy Thompson Park is our getaway from the city, right in the city. And while this green space holds appeal for cyclists, hikers and birders alike, one of its great virtues is the plant life.


  • The Benefits of Green Infrastructure: Waterfront Green Roofs are Beautiful and Functional

    Posted: Aug 11, 2014  

    Not only can a green roof be aesthetically beautiful, but it can have a number environmental, economic, and social benefits.


  • Rewarding Fitness and Exercise in Waterfront Toronto Parks

    Posted: Aug 6, 2014  

    As an organization mandated to revitalize Toronto’s waterfront and create a series of sustainable urban communities, we asked ourselves how we could encourage residents and visitors alike to enjoy physical activity and fresh air in these new neighbourhoods.


  • Corktown Common Opening Celebrations a Resounding Hit!

    Posted: Jul 16, 2014  

    Last Thursday, July 10, was a beautiful, sunny day with a gentle breeze – a perfect day for a celebration! Joined by hundreds of people of all ages we officially opened Corktown Common.


  • River City Takes Home 2014 Pug Award for Favourite Residential Building

    Posted: Jun 20, 2014  

    River City cuts a striking figure in the West Don Lands. The recently completed first phase of the condominium has received a PUG Award for Outstanding Achievement in Architecture and Design.


  • Photo: Canada's Sugar Beach on a Sunny Spring Day

    Posted: Jun 5, 2014  

    On a warm spring day, Canada's Sugar Beach is a pretty good place to catch some rays and watch the sugar ship unload.


  • This Vibrant Mixed-Income Community Boasts High-Quality Design and Sustainability Features

    Posted: May 30, 2014  

    This summer, residents will begin moving into three new buildings in the West Don Lands, constructed by Toronto Community Housing on former industrial lands. Two four-storey buildings, containing a total of 115 one-, two- and three-bedroom affordable rental units, are designed for a mix of families and individuals. The third building, an eight storey mid-rise on King Street East with 128 affordable rental units, is reserved for seniors.


  • Data is Now Starting to Drive the Decisions We Make About Green Buildings

    Posted: May 21, 2014  

    Buildings are responsible for a majority of our energy use and a majority of our greenhouse gas emissions – 61% of greenhouse gas emissions in 2007. With new energy consumption data coming online, we are gaining more insight into how to dramatically improve our buildings' energy performance.