How are we furthering our depth of understanding about privacy and the development of intelligent communities? What is the role of the Digital Strategy Advisory Panel (DSAP)?

Waterfront Toronto has formed a Digital Strategy Advisory Panel made up of subject matter experts representing academia, the civic technology community and legal experts to address digital governance issues and make recommendations to Waterfront Toronto.

The Digital Strategy Advisory Panel is an arms-length body that provides objective, professional advice to Waterfront Toronto on important matters such as the ethical use of technology, accountability, transparency, protection of personal privacy, data governance, and cyber security.

It’s important that these issues are also considered together with the opportunity for broad and equitable benefits that can come from the intellectual property and data. We want to ensure that the issues and opportunities are addressed in a robust way to encourage innovation and economic development and preserve the public good.

The DSAP has advised Waterfront Toronto on:

  • Privacy
  • Cybersecurity
  • Data Governance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Shared Benefits/Business Models
  • Commercial and Operating Agreements
  • IT Architecture and Platforms
What is the affordable housing mandate for Waterfront Toronto?

As an organization, Waterfront Toronto has a mandate to set aside land sufficient to accommodate 20% of residential units as Affordable Rental Housing. Waterfront Toronto defines “affordable” based on the City of Toronto’s Official Plan definition, which uses Average Market Rent (AMR) as a measure of affordability. These are figures that are published annually by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. In order to be affordable, a project’s average rent can not exceed 100% AMR.

Through partnerships with other levels of government, Waterfront Toronto has been able to achieve increased levels of affordability at or below 80% of AMR. In addition to the provision of 20% affordable rental housing, 5% of units are allocated to low end of market on all lands within our control.

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.