news from our new blue edge

March 2015


Waterfront Toronto to hold Town Hall event April 1

We'll be answering your questions about waterfront revitalization at our Town Hall Meeting this evening at the Toronto Reference Library, starting at 7:00 p.m.

A lot has changed on the waterfront since Waterfront Toronto was formed in 2001. We are at the half way point of our mandate and we’re looking towards the next phase of waterfront revitalization. So we’d like to take this opportunity to present a report on what we’ve accomplished, and give you – the community, our stakeholders and the people who are affected by the changes taking place on our waterfront – the opportunity to share your thoughts.

We’re holding a public town hall tonight, April 1 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Toronto Reference Library. Our President and CEO John Campbell will present a report of what has been achieved to date. For those who can’t join us in person, we’ll be hosting a live webcast where you can watch and interact online. To participate on the live webcast visit

We’ll open up the floor and give you the opportunity to ask questions, share your views and raise any concerns to Mr. Campbell and members of our senior management team. For more details...




Innovative Design Competition receives overwhelming public feedback on the five designs

Community members view and discuss the five design proposals that were on display at City Hall during the public exhibition.

In January, five design teams were selected to compete in the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal and Harbour Square Park Innovative Design Competition. Since then, the teams have gone through an intensive eight-week design exercise to develop their proposals for the ferry terminal, park and surrounding areas. The goal of the competition was to create an inspiring vision for the long-term transformation of the Ferry Terminal and Harbour Square Park. That vision will be articulated in a master plan for the area that can be phased in over time, as funding and budget become available.

Last month, all five proposals were on exhibition in the Rotunda at Toronto’s City Hall and online from March 16 to 20 and public presentations were given by each team on their design on March 16. There were over 250 people who attended the presentations and we received almost 1,200 responses from members of the public who either filled out comments cards at City Hall or completed our online survey.

All the public comments received have been summarized in a report that will be delivered to the competition jury for consideration, alongside reports from the competition's Stakeholder Advisory Committee and Technical Advisory Committee. Thank you to everyone who provided their feedback! The jury recommendation for the design competition will be announced early April. You can still check out the designs online...




Help decide the future of the Gardiner Expressway East

The study area for the EA is displayed on the map above.

We invite you to join us at two upcoming public meetings where you can comment on the current phase of the Environmental Assessment on the future of the Gardiner Expressway East.

The Study
Waterfront Toronto and the City of Toronto are jointly carrying out the Gardiner Expressway / Lake Shore Boulevard Reconfiguration Environmental Assessment (EA) and Integrated Urban Design Study. The EA will determine the future of the Gardiner Expressway East and Lake Shore Boulevard East, from approximately Jarvis Street to approximately Leslie Street.

The four alternative solutions that have been considered to date are:

  • Maintain the elevated expressway;
  • Improve the urban fabric while maintaining the existing expressway;
  • Replace with a new above-or-below grade expressway; and,
  • Remove the elevated expressway and build a new boulevard.

In the last phase of the EA, the evaluation of the alternative solutions concluded that the remove option best met the evaluation criteria. Following direction from the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee of Toronto City Council, the upcoming public meeting will share the results of the following work:

  1. Review the remove option under the EA process to mitigate concerns about traffic congestion
  2. Prepare an additional hybrid option that combines the maintain and replace components to preserve expressway linkage and functionality between the Gardiner Expressway and the Don Valley Parkway, and evaluates it against the EA criteria and the following:
  • Transportation functionality;
  • Impacts on key economic sectors;
  • Cost benefit;
  • Future land use considerations;
  • Public transit components;
  • Environmental impact; and
  • Neighbourhood growth and compatibility.

Get Involved
Interested persons are invited to participate through two upcoming public meetings, one of which will be webcast, and online opportunities. If you can’t attend in person, you can participate and watch the meeting online – and at any time afterwards – at

Gardiner Expressway East Public Meeting (Downtown)
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at the Bram & Bluma Appel Salon, Toronto Reference Library 789 Yonge Street, Toronto (Bloor Street subway station)
Open house begins at 6:30 p.m.; presentations at 7:00 p.m.
Please register at:

Gardiner Expressway East Public Meeting (Scarborough)
Monday, April 20, 2015
6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at the Blessed Cardinal Newman H.S. Cafeteria 100 Brimley Rd S, Toronto
Open house begins at 6:30 p.m.; presentations at 7:00 p.m.
Please register at:

For more information or to be added to the project mailing list, contact, or call (416) 479-0662. To learn about the project or contribute your insights and views please visit




Construction update: Queens Quay Revitalization


Over the last month, crews have continued to make progress across the 1.7 km Queens Quay revitalization site. Tents with heating are still in place in several areas so granite installation can continue despite the cold temperatures in anticipation for the June 19 opening festivities.

This month we completed the granite sidewalks on the north side of Queens Quay all the way from RBC Waterpark Place to the Rees Street parking lot. Crews are now working on some additional granite work to the private portion of the sidewalks east of Rees Street. Granite work is also underway between the Rees Street parking lot and Spadina Avenue. The south side granite promenade is mostly completed between Bay and York Streets and is well underway between York and Robertson Crescent.

A significant amount of work is already underway to complete the rebuild of both the Bay Street and York Street intersections. The second phase of the Bay Street intersection work will commence starting April 18 and will require some traffic diversions. More information on this work will be available in our weekly Construction Notice and a special construction notice will be issued.

Toronto Hydro has substantially completed their civil engineering work on Queens Quay. Crews have demobilized but will return to the site after the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games to begin the installation of the new electrical cabling that will service the Queens Quay community.

Martin Goodman Trail West
Work has begun on the Martin Goodman Trail connection west of Yo Yo Ma Lane. In March, a precondition survey was conducted to existing structures and traffic controls have been put in place. Pedestrian access on the north sidewalk of Queens Quay and on the waterfront trail from Dan Leckie to Spadina is being maintained. Starting April 6, there will be some eastbound lane closures during the daytime hours in order to accommodate TTC buffer zone works. Details on this work will be included in our weekly Queens Quay construction notice. Sign-up for notices here.


Queens Quay webcams
Keep an eye on construction from your computer or mobile device using our Queens Quay Webcams.

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

Sign up for weekly notices
You can sign up for the Queens Quay construction notice on the Queens Quay construction webpage.

Rendering of the new Martin Goodman Trail extension.


Construction update: East Bayfront

An aerial views of the work being done on the new Bayside Toronto community.

Bayside Toronto
Crews continue to work on the infrastructure and public realm required to support the new Bayside Toronto community. Recently the contractor completed the new storm and sanitary sewers, hydrants and water infrastructure within Bayside as well as the new 12-metre diameter concrete structure for the storm water management shaft. Installation of the mechanical equipment, electrical power, and control wiring for the system is ongoing and is targeted for completion in June.
The majority of landscaping has also been completed including installation of street and sidewalk pavers along Merchant's Wharf, wooden street light poles and tree planting. The remaining landscape work next to the new storm water shaft will resume in warmer weather and be completed by summer.

Temporary Fencing at Sherbourne Common: The temporary fencing around the channel south of the Pavilion is expected to be removed later this spring as crews close the electrical conduit trench required for the storm water management construction in Bayside.

Queens Quay East: Interim Improvements
Construction is nearly complete on the installation of a new Martin Goodman Trail and sidewalk between Lower Jarvis and Parliament Streets on the south side of Queens Quay. Over the winter we reconstructed the concrete lids in the south sidewalk at Queens Quay East and Lower Jarvis to address the tripping hazard. The work for the remaining sections of the sidewalk and Martin Goodman Trail east of Lower Sherbourne should resume later this spring.

Bayside Toronto
Work on the sanitary pumping station is progressing well. Steel sheet piles and caissons have been installed and excavation is now complete. Forming and pouring of the concrete structure has begun. Construction of the sanitary trunk sewer to be constructed by micro-tunneling methodology has commenced. Seven of the eight temporary concrete shafts required to launch and receive the micro-tunneling boring machine are complete, and installation of the 900 mm sanitary trunk sewer from the sanitary pumping station is underway.

Construction of the sanitary forcemain from the sanitary pumping station, north on Cherry Street to just north of the Lakeshore East rail corridor, is expected to commence in the next few weeks subject to final City permits. This will require the closure of the northbound lane on Cherry Street from Lake Shore Boulevard East to just north of the rail corridor, for several weeks. More information about this work will be posted on our website, once we have schedule confirmation.


Construction update: Pan Am Athletes’ Village/Canary District

View of the Pan Am Athletes' Village/Canary District at dusk.

Last month, we celebrated a major milestone in the West Don Lands  – the completion of construction of the Pan Am/Parapan Am Athletes’ Village. In an official ceremony with our government and private sector partners the revitalization of this beautiful, sustainable new community is one step closer. Utilizing Waterfront Toronto’s West Don Lands Precinct Plan for the Athletes’ Village has proven to be way to create a legacy from hosting the Games. During the Games, the Athletes’ Village will first be home for 10,000 athletes and officials from 41 countries. After the games it will convert into what is was always planned to be, a lively mixed-use neighborhood that offers a range of housing for people at all stages of life and income levels. Click here to learn more about Toronto’s next great neighbourhood.



Construction update: Toronto Community Housing

A view of the newly opened Tim Hortons.

Toronto Community Housing’s three-building, 243-unit development located at 589 King Street East in the West Don Lands continues to progress, with approximately 90 per cent of all three buildings occupied. The only remaining work is the King Street streetscaping, which is scheduled to resume later this Spring. Work continues on the Medical/Pharmacy space.



In brief

Daniels Waterfront - City of the Arts coming to East Bayfront
Last week, our CEO, John Campbell participated in the ground breaking of a new $700 million arts-focused complex that fits our vision for East Bayfront and will bring great value to the entire community. This development leverages the work that we have done in making the area appealing to this type of private sector investment and will use the waterfront-wide ultra-high speed broadband network that is attracting jobs and investment to the waterfront. Read more...

Toronto’s next generation stormwater infrastructure
A new stormwater management system will serve the new neighbourhoods in East Bayfront, the West Don Lands and future communities north of the Keating Channel. This blog post explains the importance of stormwater management and describes the innovative features of the new system. Read more…

Answering your questions about the woonerfs in the West Don Lands
In a recent post on Spacing’s blog, Dylan Reid raises questions about the design of the woonerfs (collectively named ‘Trolley Crescent’) in the West Don Lands. Andrew Tenyenhuis, one of our project managers, addresses those questions and offers some more context and information concerning this new-to-Toronto street design. Read more…

Street art and the politics of public space
In this three-part blog post, we’ve asked "What does it take to make a great street?" and explored a number of factors that contribute to creating a lively, animated street life. Part one explores “The Role of Urban Design,” part two explores “Breathing Life Into Our Streets,” and this third and final part explores “Street Art and the Politics of Public Space.” Read more…


World Stage at Harbourfront Centre

As Canada’s most diverse season of international performance, World Stage at Harbourfront Centre brings a bold curatorial vision to Toronto’s performing arts landscape, assembling and presenting performance leaders from around the world. With more than nine international productions running now until June, there is something for family members of all ages to enjoy.


For more information please visit (photo courtesy of Harbourfront Centre).


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