FAQ Category: General

What is Sidewalk Toronto? Is it different from Quayside?

Sidewalk Toronto and Quayside are both names used for the same project. The name Quayside specifically references the development area.

What is Quayside?

Quayside is a 12 acre (4.9 hectares) parcel of land in Toronto’s east-end. The Quayside development block begins at Bonnycastle Street in the west from Queens Quay East north to Lake Shore Boulevard; the eastern-most boundary is roughly the Victory Soya Mills Silos, spanning from Lake Shore Boulevard south to Lake Ontario and the Water’s Edge.

This land is considered a prime development site and is largely owned by Waterfront Toronto, with small portions owned by the City of Toronto and another small portion privately-held.

What is Waterfront Toronto?

Waterfront Toronto is a public agency created by the Government of Canada, Government of Ontario and the City of Toronto with a mandate to deliver a revitalized waterfront.

As a public advocate and steward, our primary objective for waterfront revitalization is to leverage infrastructure projects to deliver key social and economic benefits. To do this, Waterfront Toronto brings together the most innovative approaches to sustainable development, excellence in urban design, real estate development, and advanced technology infrastructure.

What is Waterfront Toronto’s role in the Quayside project?

Waterfront Toronto is the directing agency of all waterfront lands. This means that we determine the manner and extent of development in line with our overall waterfront vision and mandate.

Our objective for Quayside, which is in support of our mandate and vision, is to establish a model and new standard for 21st century city-building by delivering sustainable, inclusive, complete communities.

We see Quayside as having the potential to be a globally-significant community that pilots advanced technologies, building materials, sustainable practices and innovative business models, demonstrating pragmatic solutions toward climate positive urban development.

How is the objective for Quayside being advanced?

In March 2017, Waterfront Toronto launched an international Request for Proposals (RFP) seeking an Innovation and Funding Partner. This partner would help create a concept plan for the neighbourhood of the future. After a rigorous selection process, we announced Sidewalk Labs as the successful Innovation and Funding Partner on October 17, 2017.

Our objective for Quayside, in support of our mandate and vision, is to establish a model and new standard for 21st century city-building by delivering sustainable, inclusive, complete communities.

What is Sidewalk Labs?

Sidewalk Labs is an Alphabet company that explores how technology can improve the quality of life in cities. Sidewalk Labs was selected as Waterfront Toronto’s Innovation and Funding Partner following a public competition in 2017.