OUR FUTURE TOGETHER
Developers Dream and Great Gulf, known together as Quayside Impact, are working with Waterfront Toronto and some of the world’s leading architects and designers to build a sustainable community known as Quayside. Quayside will mark the beginning of a new approach to development in Toronto. Its success will be measured in its human and environmental impacts; its outcomes will be about improvements in the quality of life for its residents, workers and visitors; and it will be guided by robust public engagement, which has shaped both the evolving ambitions for Quayside and the broader transformation of the waterfront.
Quayside will be a complete community, where residents will have housing, recreation, green space, community services and easy access to the necessities of daily life, like shopping, food, and parks and public space – all within a community that welcomes everyone, takes sustainability to a new level, and offers a vibrant and energetic experience in a beautiful setting.
Addressing an urgent need for affordable housing, Quayside will deliver 800+ affordable housing units, with more than half the units being family-sized (2+ bedroom). Affordable housing will be built in each phase of the development, so that these units can be delivered faster.
Quayside will deliver 3.5 acres of public space, including a 2-acre community forest, providing a network of barrier-free green space accessible to people of all ages and abilities.
Strong social and workforce benefits will advance employment, business and capacity-building opportunities for Indigenous people and equity-deserving communities.
A Community Hub will offer programs and services to support aging-in-place, recreation and wellness for all residents.
A school site/potential cultural destination will bring together space for the performing arts, Indigenous-centred cultural celebrations and flexible education spaces.
A significant urban farm will be built atop one of Canada’s largest residential mass timber buildings. We have dedicated a generous rooftop space for urban agriculture. The Urban Farm promotes a healthy environment as well as a sustainable lifestyle. It also raises awareness about food security and provides healthy choices through sustained community gardens.
Quayside will be Canada’s largest all-electric, zero-carbon master planned community (3.4 million square feet). It will include a variety of sustainability innovations, including carbon-free heating and cooling systems, low-carbon building materials, and one of Canada’s largest mass timber residential buildings.
World Class Architecture
Three iconic buildings designed by Adjaye Associates, Alison Brooks and Henning-Larsen, will provide world-class architecture and create a visually striking focal point on Toronto’s waterfront. Future buildings at Quayside will be the subject of global architectural competitions to attract the best ideas and talents from around the world.
Quayside’s development is guided by the following principles that set a shared attitude towards the design of the community, the public realm and the iconic architecture.
Waterfront Toronto is working to create a vibrant, connected waterfront that belongs to everyone. As city-builders, Waterfront Toronto cares about delivering neighbourhoods, parks, destinations and infrastructure that make people’s lives better. In 2001, Waterfront Toronto was created by the governments of Canada and Ontario and the City of Toronto to catalyze public and private investment on the waterfront, transforming past industrial sites into thriving neighbourhoods that support economic vitality and enhance quality of life. For more than two decades, it has consistently challenged the status quo when bringing new waterfront communities to life. Each of its developments contribute to its vision for the waterfront and each contributes to the overall draw towards the water’s edge. Waterfront Toronto’s aspirations for Quayside build on this momentum and were shaped by years of experience in building new waterfront spaces, and by extensive public input.
INDIGENOUS PARTICIPATION COMMITMENT
For thousands of years, the Toronto waterfront has been a traditional gathering place shared by many nations, including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnaabe, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples, and is home to many First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples today. Quayside is subject to Treaty 13 with the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation (MCFN) and, as such, the MCFN is the Host Nation with whom we will engage and work closely to ensure the interests of Indigenous Peoples are incorporated into our plan. We are committed to learning from Indigenous Peoples and drawings on Indigenous culture, values, and traditional knowledge as we work to develop Quayside as a place where people will live in harmony with the land, water and natural environment. In the spirit of Truth and Reconciliation, we are also committed to building economic opportunities and employment for Indigenous Peoples through our investment in Quayside and will work directly with the MCFN on ensuring these opportunities are realized.