Consultation on Sidewalk Labs' Draft MIDP

On this page you will find an overview of Waterfront Toronto’s consultation activities on Sidewalk Labs’ draft Master Innovation and Development Plan (MIDP) that took place between June 2019 and April 2020. While the proposal is no longer applicable for Quayside, public feedback will continue to inform our thinking as we reconsider plans for Quayside.

Materials you will find here include public meeting presentations, consultation discussion guides, consultation feedback reports and video recordings of the public meetings.

Round Two Consultations: February 18 – April 9, 2020

Starting February 24 through April 9, 2020 over 900 people provided feedback on the outcomes of this evaluation, including whether the proposals raise the bar in meeting pressing urban challenges, we’re taking a comprehensive approach to managing data collection and whether Waterfront Toronto has appropriately prioritized its investments.

There were three ways to engage as part of Round Two public consultations, including:

  1. Two identical Public Meetings held on February 29, 2020, one in the morning and one in the afternoon;
  2. An Online Consultation that began on February 24 and closed April 9, 2020; and
  3. Written submissions provided to Waterfront Toronto between February 24 and April 9, 2020.

The following Round Two Feedback Report summarizes the public’s perspectives from all round two consultation activities, including appendices with detailed feedback for each activity:


Consultation materials for Round Two were provided in advance, including this Discussion Guide and its attachments, as well as the Quayside Evaluation Committee Report. The meetings were comprised of opening and closing plenary sessions along with four topic-specific breakout rooms including Economic Development, Partnership and Digital; Complete Communities; Sustainability; and New Mobility.


Round Two Consultation Video Recordings




Public Briefing: November 19, 2019

Waterfront Toronto held a Public Briefing to share an update on the October 31, 2019 project realignment with Sidewalk Labs, an explanation of how the threshold issues had been addressed, and the next steps as the realigned proposal moved forward to technical evaluation.

The following Public Briefing Summary reflects the feedback received from the 350 members of the public who participated in the meeting. The Public Briefing was a 3-hour meeting that included a 45-minute briefing presentation by Waterfront Toronto staff. Following the presentation, participants (including those on livestream) spent 20 minutes in small groups identifying and writing down priority questions for Waterfront Toronto on large sticky notes. Each group shared its priority questions with Swerhun Inc., third-party facilitators supporting Waterfront Toronto’s engagement process on Quayside, who grouped the questions and facilitated responses from Waterfront Toronto for the next 45 minutes. For the meeting’s last hour, participants asked questions and Waterfront Toronto responded in an open, facilitated, plenary discussion. 

Watch a recording of the November 19 event here.

Round One Consultations: June 24 – July 31, 2019

Beginning in June 2019, over the course of five weeks, more than 1,000 people participated in round one consultation activities, which included four public meetings, seven drop-in information sessions at Toronto Public Library branches, an online consultation and written submissions.

The first round of consultation focused on orienting the public to the 1,500+ page submission from Sidewalk Labs from the perspective of Waterfront Toronto—the public steward of waterfront revitalization working with all three levels of government—and sought very early feedback.

The following Consultation Feedback Report summarizes the public’s perspectives from all round one consultation activities and includes an appendices with detailed feedback.


Round one consultations consisted of 4 identical major public consultations, 7 information sessions at Toronto Public Libraries across the city, an online consultation and written submissions until July 31, 2019. Written submissions and the online consultation remained open until October 30, 2019, but anything received after the round one deadline was not included in the consultation summary Feedback Report.

The following are videos of the full public consultation that took place on Saturday, July 20, 2019:


In addition, the following materials were available at each of the public consultations and information sessions: