news from our new blue edge

November 2013


Editor's Note: We are adjusting the timing of our monthly newsletter. Beginning with this month’s edition, the newsletter will now go out towards the beginning of the month, rather than the end. As a result of this change, there was no newsletter for October 2013. 

East Bayfront's next step toward becoming an innovation district

In late October, Waterfront Toronto released a request for qualifications to create a Waterfront Innovation Centre that will help to establish the East Bayfront neighbourhood as a world-class innovation district. Already home to Corus Entertainment and George Brown College, the addition of a purpose-built facility designed to promote collaboration and innovation will help create a cluster of high tech and digital media businesses along the city’s waterfront as part of the Intelligent Community strategy for the area.

A sunset over the Redpath Sugar Factory acts as a backdrop to Canada's Sugar Beach. The development sites for the waterfront innovation centre are steps from this urban beach. 

It will be a unique opportunity for a visionary real estate developer to create 350,000 square feet of commercial space just steps from award-winning parks and public spaces like Canada’s Sugar Beach and Sherbourne Common and residential developments underway at Monde and Aqualina. The Waterfront Innovation Centre will build on world-class infrastructure, including Canada’s first open-access ultra-high-speed broadband community network, which serves as the backbone for delivery of unique digital services like an online community portal and neighbourhood-wide Wi-Fi Internet connections. It is envisioned that the mixed-use community in East Bayfront will become a ‘living lab’ for the development and testing of digitally-enabled tools and applications.

To learn more about this development opportunity, register online at



Design team announced for new urban park and waterfront trail at Ontario Place

On November 12, the Province of Ontario announced LANDinc in partnership with West 8, as the design team hired to transform approximately 7.5 acres of Ontario Place’s east island into a vibrant urban park and waterfront trail. The firms were chosen in large part for their extensive local and international experience in planning and designing large waterfront projects, such as Toronto’s Tommy Thompson Park and New York’s Governors Island Park.

An aerial view of Ontario Place, indicating the portion of the east island that will be transformed into a park and waterfront trail.
Working with provincial partners, Waterfront Toronto will manage public consultations and the design process for the new park and trail project.
Once complete, the new urban park and waterfront trail will link to the existing 780-kilometre waterfront trail system and will give residents and visitors access to part of the waterfront that has been closed to the public for more than 40 years. Building the park and trail is the first step of revitalization and delivers on an important part of the new vision for Ontario Place – to create a year-round, multi-use waterfront destination and urban park for everyone to enjoy
You are invited to contribute your ideas and vision for the park and trail online or at one of four public meetings. The first public meeting will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

For information on how you can participate and provide your ideas and visions for the new urban park and waterfront trail please visit the Ontario Place revitalization page at


Progress Report released for Queens Quay Revitalization

The revitalization of Queens Quay will transform what was previously one of the city's ugliest streets into a signature waterfront boulevard.

Construction is on schedule to deliver the revitalization of Queens Quay for the spring of 2015 in time for the Pan Am Games. This massive revitalization project, from just west of Lower Spadina Avenue to just east of Bay Street, is rebuilding Toronto’s main waterfront street both above and below ground.

Waterfront Toronto recently issued a Construction Progress Report which outlines work to date - the demolition and removals of a 1.5km stretch of TTC corridor, extensive deep services work, installation of granite pavers in several locations along the street, various road work activities including the completion of two parking laybys, and completed improvements to 610 metres of the Martin Goodman Trail from Bay Street to Jarvis Street. 

The progress report also provides an overview of upcoming construction activities and highlights milestones for the project such as the resumption of TTC streetcar service on Queens Quay. Click here to read the progress report.

When construction is complete, the new Queens Quay will feature a wide tree-lined granite pedestrian promenade alongside a new stretch of Martin Goodman Trail for cyclists. The TTC streetcar corridor and tracks are being rebuilt and the platforms widened. The realigned traffic lanes will include dedicated turning lanes with laybys to accommodate short-term parking. Granite sidewalks and new trees are being installed in front of storefronts and residences on the north side of the street.

In addition to these significant landscape improvements, most of the waterfront’s aging underground infrastructure is also being expanded or rebuilt as part of this project. This “deep services” construction – which includes the installation of a new gas main, sanitary/storm sewers, hydro chambers and ducts, and new telecommunications chambers and ducts – is some of the most labour intensive and complex work required on the project. 



In Brief

Virtual Town Hall Recap: Using Data to Advance Leadership in City Building

In October, Waterfront Toronto’s President and CEO, John Campbell, hosted an online panel discussion about the role of data and reporting in 21st century cities. Watch a recording of the session…

Corktown Common will stay open for winter
In response to overwhelming community support, we have worked with our construction partners to ensure that the Corktown Common will stay open while construction continues this winter on the wet side of the park. Learn more about this unique park…

Toronto among the Smart21 Communities for 2014
For the second year in a row, the City of Toronto has been recognized as a global leader in using information technology to help improve the economic prospects and quality of life for its citizens. Read the news release…

Draft evaluation criteria for Gardiner East Environmental Assessment and Urban Design Study
On October 16th, the City of Toronto and Waterfront Toronto hosted the second public forum on the Future of the Gardiner Expressway East. Based on the input from that meeting and feedback from the Stakeholders Advisory Committee, the draft Evaluation Criteria are now available and ready for review. Review the criteria and provide feedback...

For those who could not attend the public forum on October 16th, the presentation is available online for review…

Review of Land Use Planning and Development Charges Act
Ontario’s Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing has launched a review 
to ensure that the land use planning and appeal systems, and the development charges system are predictable, transparent and cost effective. You can provide your input at an in-person workshop or online. Check their website for details…

Work in West Don Lands receives international accolades
Waterfront Toronto was honoured with Lambda Alpha International’s 2013 International Skyline Award for remediating brownfield lands into vibrant waterfront communities in West Don Lands. The award recognizes projects that have significantly improved an urban area and serve as an example of urban regeneration.  Take a look at the award…

Waterfront Toronto takes home awards for its sustainability initiatives 
Waterfront Toronto’s projects and sustainability initiatives have recently been honoured with three prestigious sustainability awards. The Canada Green Building Council, BLOOM and Clean50 have all recognized Waterfront Toronto for various aspects of its leadership and innovation in the area of sustainability. Learn more about Waterfront Toronto’s sustainability achievements and these awards…



Construction Update: Queens Quay Revitalization

Over the last month, crews have started to rebuild the Spadina Loop, an important piece of TTC infrastructure which allows both the 509 and 510 streetcars to reverse direction.
The reconstruction of the Spadina Loop is complicated because of the special track components required for streetcar loops. These curved pieces of track are installed in pre-assembled pieces and require a larger than normal construction staging area.
Due to the location of the four curved pieces of track, the reconstruction of the Spadina Loop has resulted in detours for motorists, TTC buses, cyclists and pedestrians. Each section will take approximately one month to rebuild with the entire loop expected to be complete by the end of the year. Once complete, TTC crews will commission the track allowing service on the 510 line to return to Queens Quay by February 2014.

In order to rebuild the infrastructure that extends into Lake Shore Boulevard crews have scheduled work overnight and on weekends. This work has also required two partial closures of the Lake Shore/Spadina intersection. The timing for all traffic restrictions is being communicated in our weekly and special Queens Quay construction notices.

If you are interested in more details about construction, please sign up for our weekly Queens Quay construction notice or read it online.


Video Recap: Jane's Walk - Building the New Queens Quay

Building the New Queens Quay
We're rebuilding Toronto's main waterfront boulevard from the ground up. Watch this video to see how we’re bringing the vision to life. 

Need More Information?
Thank you for your patience during construction. If you have questions send an email to or call 416-214-9990.

For Urgent Construction Issues
Please contact Queens Quay Construction Liaison Officer, Robert Pasut at or call 416-505-3073. 


Construction Update: Pan/Parapan Am Athletes’ Village/Canary District

Crews continue to install Silva Cells, concrete curbs, road base, the base for interlocking walkways, sidewalk and road pavers throughout the development.

Reconstruction work on the west side of Sumach Street between King Street and Eastern Avenue continues. Paving of the west side of Sumach Street began early this month. The construction of the Sumach Street median is underway and the removal work on the east side of the street will begin this month. Street parking will not be available during this time.

The work on Old Eastern Avenue is nearing completion with the finish coat of asphalt scheduled to be applied early this month. On Cherry Street crews have completed the installation of the granite curbs, brick pavers and trees on the west side of the street. Work on the east side, including sidewalks and TTC platforms, is ongoing.

Both Cherry Street between Eastern Avenue and Lake Shore Boulevard East, and Old Eastern Avenue will remain closed to through traffic through fall 2013 to allow for the completion of the reconstruction. Access will be maintained to All City Storage.

YMCA/George Brown College
The installation of the curtain wall (exterior windows) is completed on the east tower of the George Brown College student residence and is nearing completion on the north tower. On the north and east tower, framing, drywall and mechanical and electrical rough-in installation continues to progress. The roof at the YMCA is now water tight and the skylights have been installed. The exterior masonry, pre-cast and window installation is ongoing. The installation of the elevators has begun and will continue for several months. 

Affordable Housing Buildings
At both the Fred Victor and Wigwamen buildings window wall installation is complete. Crews continue to make progress inside and outside of both buildings. Work on the installation of the exterior stud/sheathing, the fan coil units, elevators, framing and drywall work, mechanical and electrical rough-ins and fibre-c exterior cladding continues.

Canary District Condominiums
On the first market housing condominium, crews have completed the podium and the penthouse level on both the north and south tower. The mechanical and electrical rough-ins and framing are underway and the elevator equipment has been delivered. The pre-cast installation continues on the north tower, with installation beginning at the south tower later this month. Window installation is ongoing.

On the second market housing building, the upper penthouse on the north tower has been completed and on the south tower crews are pouring and forming the 15th floor. Mechanical and electrical rough-ins are in progress and framing and drywall has begun. The pre-cast installation continues on both the north and south towers. Window installation is ongoing.
For more information on the award winning Canary District or to view the live construction feed visit their website at or their sales centre located at 9 Mill Street.



Construction Update: Toronto Community Housing

The Toronto Community Housing buildings in the West Don Lands are nearly ready for occupancy.

Over the last month, crews have made steady progress on the seniors building on King Street. Pre-delivery inspections have begun in anticipation of residents beginning to occupy the building. One of the building’s elevators has been completed, and the second one is nearing completion. The installation of windows and drywall is almost complete and plumbing fixtures and appliances are now being installed. Inside the building interior finishes, masonry work, mechanical and electrical work and the installation of flooring is ongoing. Common area finishes are also being installed. 

The wood structures, masonry work and roofing have now all been completed at the family building. Window, drywall, flooring and elevator installation is ongoing.



Construction Update: River City I & II

The three glass mini-towers that form River City 2 have reached street level.

River City 1
The fifth floor pedestrian bridge between the King Street and Lower River Street buildings was recently opened for use. Exterior black metal cladding on the King Street building is almost 85% complete and the final suites in phase one,  on the 14th, 15th, and 16th floors are being finished. The amenity spaces in both buildings will be opened this month, including the party room and the gym.

River City 2
Construction of the three glass mini-towers continues to progress. Concrete walls at street level have all been poured and the concrete structures are currently being formed on the 4th and 5th floors. Mechanical work continues to progress as floors are formed. Window installation is scheduled to begin in the new year. 



East Bayfront Community Update Meeting

Join Waterfront Toronto on December 3rd at George Brown Waterfront Campus from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. for a community update meeting on current projects in East Bayfront.

The meeting will feature a variety of short presentations on projects underway in the area including Bayside Toronto and an Interim Design for Queens Quay in East Bayfront. A question and answer session will follow the presentations.

For additional information, call (416) 214-1344 x276 or email


East Bayfront
From Lower Jarvis Street to Parliament Street, Lake Shore Boulevard to Lake Ontario.

Public Meeting Details
Date: Tuesday, December 3
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Location: George Brown Waterfront Campus, Room 237, 51 Dockside Drive, Toronto, ON M5A 0B6
TTC: 6 Bay Bus to Dockside Drive at Queens Quay East.
Parking: Paid parking is available at George Brown Waterfront Campus, 51 Dockside Drive
Accessibility: Fully accessible


Port Lands and South of Eastern Planning Studies 

Notice of Study Commencement and Public Meeting

Waterfront Toronto and the City of Toronto will be hosting a public meeting on November 28th at Riverdale Collegiate from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (open house from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.) on several studies currently being undertaken in the Port Lands and area South of Eastern Avenue.
The meeting will feature an open house, followed by a series of short presentation on the Port Lands Planning Framework; Precinct Planning in the Port Lands: Cousins Quay Precinct Plan and Film Studio Precinct Plan; South of Eastern Strategic Direction; and Transportation and Servicing Master Plan – Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA). A question and answer session will follow the presentations.

Further information and full meeting details are available in the meeting notice.


Public Meeting Details
Date: Thursday, November 28
Time: Open House: 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Presentations and Q & A: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Riverdale Collegiate – Atrium and Auditorium, 1094 Gerrard Street East
TTC: 506 Carlton streetcar (to Jones Ave) or 83 Jones bus (to Gerrard Ave)
Parking: On-street – Gerrard Avenue or Jones Avenue
Accessibility: Fully accessible


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