What is Waterfront Toronto?

Waterfront Toronto is a corporation created by the governments of Canada, 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 Quayside?

Quayside is a 12 acre (4.9 hectares) parcel of land within a 20-minute walk of Toronto’s central business district. 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 that is privately-held.

What will happen to Quayside now?

Building a next-generation community at Quayside remains a key deliverable in Waterfront Toronto’s Rolling 5-year Strategic Plan.

The lands at Quayside remain under Waterfront Toronto’s ownership. The project team is currently reflecting on all that we have learned through our work and engagement on the project to date as we reconsider plans for Quayside.

How can I continue to stay informed on new developments on the Quayside project?

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What impact will the global COVID-19 pandemic have on Quayside moving forward?

The world has changed a great deal in the last few months, and there will be lasting impacts. There will be logistical decisions for Waterfront Toronto to address, such as how public consultations can happen safely, and how timelines will be determined.

The objectives of Quayside need to be considered through the lens of the pandemic as well. We are reviewing our original goals to ensure they are consistent with the new realities, and how they can contribute to Toronto’s economic recovery and urban renewal.

What lessons did Waterfront Toronto learn from working with Sidewalk Labs?

The last three years of the Quayside project has provided a great deal of insight into the possibilities that could be generated through innovative city-building. The lessons we learned, along with insight from the public, external experts, and our government partners will all be considered as we define next steps for the project.