news from our new blue edge

January-February 2015


New innovation centre will bring 2,000 jobs to waterfront

A view of the Waterfront Innovation Centre looking southeast from Queens Quay Blvd. East. (Image courtesy of Menkes Developments Ltd.).

Waterfront Toronto is one step closer to creating a live-work-play neighbourhood for East Bayfront with the announcement of a new 350,000 square foot innovation centre that will bring more than 2,000 employees to Toronto’s waterfront. The Waterfront Innovation Centre will reinvent how employees work together in Toronto’s rapidly evolving creative and technology sectors and the new products and applications they will be able create. It will also be home to the companies and institutions that are putting Toronto and Canada at the forefront of creating and shaping technology.

Privately-developed and funded by Menkes Development Ltd., the Waterfront Innovation Centre meets an emerging demand for purpose-built creative office space in Toronto. It will allow many different types of industries – including advanced visualization and interactive digital media, gaming, film and TV production – to collaborate, network, and exchange ideas. With Corus and George Brown College in the same area, we are starting to see the beginning of an innovation district – an ecosystem of creative, knowledge employers bringing new skills, ideas and talents to the waterfront.

This new development delivers on Waterfront Toronto’s mandate to generate high-value employment on the waterfront, particularly focused in East Bayfront. The East Bayfront Precinct Plan established a vision for a mixed-use community - an iconic building in this location, with modern infrastructure and high-value employment surrounded by high-quality parks and public spaces, such as Canada’s Sugar Beach and Sherbourne Common. Read more...




Get ready for Aitken Place Park

The plan for the Bayside community where Aitken Place Park is located. (Image courtesy of Hines and Tridel).

At the eastern end of East Bayfront, in the heart of the new Bayside development, is Toronto’s next waterfront park – Aitken Place Park. East Bayfront’s third park (after Canada’s Sugar Beach and Sherbourne Common), will primarily serve as a local neighbourhood amenity for those living in the area. It will offer play and recreational opportunities as well as quiet places to relax and enjoy nature and waterfront views.

Aitken Place Park will be designed by Scott Torrance Landscape Architect Inc. and Thomas Balsley Associates. With the landscape architecture team now onboard, planning is just getting underway. Over the next couple of months, as the design process moves forward, the types of programming for the park will be developed in consultation with stakeholders and the public. Park construction is expected to begin in Spring 2016 and it will be open for Summer 2017. Read more…



Five renowned design teams selected for Ferry Terminal design competition

Five design teams from around the world are working on with bold and innovative ideas for the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal and Harbour Square Park.

The Innovative Design Competition for the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal and Harbour Square Park is moving into high gear. You may recall that last November, Waterfront Toronto launched the competition’s pre-qualification phase in partnership with the City of Toronto. This resulted in an impressive number of high calibre submissions from design teams from around the world. In total, thirty-three design teams from twelve countries submitted proposals outlining their qualifications.

The five shortlisted teams are:

  • Clement Blanchet Architecture (Paris) + Batlle│Roig (Barcelona) + RVTR (Toronto and Ann Arbor) + Scott Torrance Landscape Architect Inc.
  • Diller Scofidio + Renfro (New York City), architectsAlliance (Toronto)
  • KPMB Architects (Toronto), West 8 (Rotterdam), Greenberg Consultants (Toronto)
  • Quadrangle Architects (Toronto), aLLDesign (London), Janet Rosenberg & Studio (Toronto)
  • Stoss Landscape Urbanism (Boston), nARCHITECTS (New York City), ZAS Architects (Toronto)

We are thrilled with the breadth and quality of the innovative design teams who want to be part of the design competition – it’s a testament to the importance of the site and the international awareness of the transformation underway on Toronto’s waterfront.

Read more to see some examples of the work they’ve done elsewhere in the world…



Construction update: Queens Quay Revitalization


Extensive construction activities are underway across the site as crews work through cold temperatures in preparation for grand opening celebrations in late June 2015.

In December, another milestone was achieved when crews completed – and re-opened – the road west of Lower Spadina Avenue to Yo Yo Ma Lane. Crews are now working to rebuild the final sections of the new road between Bay Street and York Street and from the Peter Slip Bridge to Lower Spadina. Over the next few months, crews will also focus on completing the road, promenade and landscaping elements at each major intersection beginning with Bay Street. Traffic diversions may be required as work proceeds across each intersection. More information will be available in our weekly Construction Notice.

Martin Goodman Trail West
Construction is about to begin on a new stretch of Martin Goodman Trail on Queens Quay which will extend the trail past Yo Yo Ma Lane to Stadium Road and to the existing trail leading to Coronation Park. Waterfront Toronto has awarded the construction contract for this work to Grascan Construction Ltd. Crews are currently undertaking pre-construction activities and will mobilize to the site later this month. In addition to the new Martin Goodman Trail, crews will also build a new sidewalk on the south side of Queens Quay and will undertake other required roadwork to accommodate the new sidewalk and trail. Detailed information about this work will be available in the weekly Queens Quay construction notice.


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 that will be completed by 2015..


Construction update: East Bayfront

Paving is complete along Merchant's Wharf - the main street in Bayside - looking west.

Bayside Toronto
Crews are continuing to work on the infrastructure and public realm required to support the new Bayside Toronto community. Over the next couple of weeks, crews expect to complete the new storm and sanitary sewers, hydrants and water infrastructure. The concrete structure for the 12-metre diametre stormwater management shaft was substantially completed in January and stormwater conveyance pipes have now been connected from the lake into the new stormwater shaft. The remaining installation of the mechanical equipment and electrical power and control wiring for the system will continue through the winter and is targeted for completion in April. 
In addition, the majority of the new landscaping has also been completed. This includes the installation of street and sidewalk pavers along Merchant’s Wharf, wooden street light poles and tree planting. Some remaining landscape work – next to the new stormwater management shaft – will resume in warmer weather and be completed in May.

Temporary Fencing at Sherbourne Common: The temporary fencing around the channel south of the Pavilion is expected to be removed in February 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. The majority of work is complete – with the exception of one section at the entrance to the Bayside sales centre – where major infrastructure work is underway. Once that work is complete, crews will build the sidewalk and trail in this area. Line painting will be installed this spring and the new trail will officially open.


Construction update: Pan Am Athletes’ Village/Canary District

View of the construction progress on the Pan Am Athletes' Village/Canary District.

With most of the Village nearing completion, progress continues across the project in preparation for the turnover to the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Organizing Committee in early 2015. Progress continues on minor deficiency correction work for the Village.
For more information on the award winning Canary District or to view the live construction feed visit their website at or their brand new presentation centre located at 398 Front Street (parking available off Trinity Street).

Pan/Parapan Am Games information sessions are coming to your neighbourhood.

In preparation for the upcoming TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games, representatives from the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Organizing Committee, Ministry of Transportation, Integrated Security Unit and City of Toronto are holding a public session to provide tips, tools, and information to help you get around during the Games.

Date: Wednesday February 11, 2015
Business Session:   3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Resident Session: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: St. Lawrence Community Recreation Centre, 230 The Esplanade, Toronto

If you have any questions or accessibility requirements please contact or



Construction update: River City

A view of the construction progress at River City.

River City, the four-phase LEED Gold community by Urban Capital located at the corner of King Street East and Lower River Street continues to progress.
RC2’s exterior is rapidly taking shape with windows and metal cladding installed up to the 11th floor and soon to be completed up to the penthouses. Interiors are well advanced with portions of all suites complete. Initial occupancies of RC2, the second phase of the four-phase development will begin in late March 2015.



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 75 per cent of the three buildings occupied. Progress continues on the minor deficiency work being done at all buildings.

Their first retail tenant, Tim Hortons has officially opened for business at their new location at 597 King Street on the ground floor of the seniors building. The Medical/Pharmacy retail tenant will open soon.



In brief

Four reasons to stop comparing Toronto’s waterfront to Chicago
Do you think Toronto’s waterfront should be more like Chicago’s? In this recent blog post, we compare the complex history and unique circumstances that have shaped our respective lakeside lands and give you the top four reasons why we should all stop comparing Toronto and Chicago. Read more…

Design competitions: creative city building
Design competitions play an important role in the revitalization of our waterfront – most recently with the revitalization of Jack Layton Ferry Terminal and Harbour Square Park. Previous competitions have brought us innovative designs for places like Sugar Beach, the Lower Don Lands and Queens Quay. Check out this short video explaining what a design competition is and the benefits they bring to the quality of design in Toronto...

From the Archives: Underpass Park
Of all the parks and public spaces in Toronto that can be enjoyed in the sun, rain and snow, Underpass Park is one of our favourites. It is the most extensive park ever built under an overpass in Canada and the first of this kind in Toronto. See how we've transformed unused space beneath a series of overpasses into a unique community asset …



Family Day on Toronto’s waterfront

Celebrate Family Day on Toronto’s waterfront with free, fun activities for kids of all ages, courtesy of the Waterfront BIA. On Monday, February 16, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., watch dog sport demos, create arts and crafts, discover Inuit art and warm up with a hot drink!



Present your travel mug to enjoy a free hot beverage at participating partners.


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