FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

When does Waterfront Toronto anticipate public consultations for Quayside will begin?

It is too early to commit to any specific dates for public consultations at this time. 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 next steps for Quayside.

Public consultation continues to be a foundational part of our revitalization work. Our team is currently examining new opportunities to meaningfully engage the public during the pandemic, in a manner that is consistent with the health and safety recommendations of our government partners.

What is Waterfront Toronto's commitment to affordable housing?

As part of our precinct planning, Waterfront Toronto sets 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 cannot 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.

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