news from our new blue edge

December 2013


Waterfront Toronto’s position on the proposed expansion of Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport

On December 2, Waterfront Toronto’s Board of Directors held a special meeting to discuss the issue of the proposed expansion of operations at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (BBTCA). The decision regarding the expansion of BBTCA is a generational question, with impacts that could profoundly affect both the significant achievements that have already been made to transform the waterfront into a destination to live, work and play, and the future revitalization prospects for the entire waterfront. At the meeting, the Board of Directors approved our position on the matter, which is that “no decision on expansion should proceed without the information required to make this generational decision.”

An aerial view of the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport.

Waterfront Toronto’s Board of Directors has provided this position to the City of Toronto’s Executive Committee in a formal letter, echoing the concerns raised by the city staff report, including transportation, road congestion and a range of community impacts, as well as the need for a clear vision for the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport’s size and scale within the broader vision for waterfront revitalization.

Read the whole statement and the letter to the Executive Committee here.



Toronto’s bid to be named among Top 7 Intelligent Communities of 2014

For the second year in a row, Toronto will compete to be among the Top 7 Intelligent Communities in the world. Earlier this year, the city was named one of the Smart 21 Communities by New York’s Intelligent Community Forum (IFC), the first stage in the international think tank’s annual Intelligent Community Awards cycle. Toronto placed in the top seven in 2005 and again in 2013, narrowly losing first place to Taichung, Taiwan. 

During the 2013 competition for Intelligent Community of the Year, ICF judges toured many of Toronto’s technology and innovation hotspots, including Ryerson University’s Digital Media Zone. View the tour photo album…

For the next step in the awards process, the city will submit a detailed questionnaire that evaluates broadband deployment and use, workplace development, innovation, digital inclusion and advocacy, as well as this year’s thematic focus: Culture. Intelligent Communities are towns, cities or regions that use these policies and tools to create economic and social prosperity for their citizens in the global competition for jobs, people and investment.  

The Top7 Intelligent Communities of 2014 will be announced on January 23 and the Intelligent Community of the Year will be announced in June.


Plenty of winter fun for families on Toronto’s waterfront


The skating rink at Sherbourne Common is now open!

With the holiday season upon us, the city's waterfront is the perfect destination for family-friendly winter activities. On a snowy day, you’ll want to check out Waterfront Toronto’s newest park, Corktown Common, where the athletic field serves as the base for a tobogganing hill. Just a few blocks away, Underpass Park’s sheltered basketball half courts and skatepark are open all year round. Cap off your fun-filled day with a stop at the nearby Distillery Historic District, where the Lowe’s Toronto Christmas Market runs until December 15 featuring food and drink, music and a variety of vendors offering local hand-crafted gifts.

When you’re ready to lace up, few skating rinks in the city can compete with the one at Sherbourne Common when it comes to spectacular views of Lake Ontario and the downtown skyline. A seating wall surrounds the eastern and western edge of the rink, providing ample space for a rest or for tying up your skates. The skating rink and washrooms in the park’s pavilion are open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 10pm and from 10am to 6pm on Sunday until the season ends on February 23, 2014.

Along Queens Quay West, the Waterfront BIA hosts its annual Winterfest on Toronto's Waterfront over two weekends, December 14-15 and 21-22. Family activities include free skating at Harbourfront Centre, Mariposa’s Santa Cruises, free dog sledding demos at Pawsway and gingerbread cookie decorating inside Queen’s Quay Terminal. 



In Brief

Meeting materials available for Lower Yonge Precinct Plan

On October 10, a public meeting was held to review the planning process for the new Lower Yonge neighbourhood, which includes urban design guidelines and a transportation master plan. The full presentation from the meeting is available online here… 

Meeting materials available for Port Lands and South Eastern Planning Studies
On November 28, a public meeting was held to begin consultation for the next round of planning for the Port Lands. The meeting covered topics including the Port Lands Planning Framework, precinct planning for Cousins Quay and the Film Studio District, transportation and servicing master plans and more. To learn more, take a look at the meeting materials available online.

Meeting materials available for East Bayfront Community Update Meeting
On December 3, Waterfront Toronto hosted a community update meeting for East Bayfront, which included presentations from Hines and Tridel, as well as plans for interim improvements to Queens Quay East. View all three presentations in the “Related Documents” section of the East Bayfront project page.

Public consultation now underway for Urban Park and Waterfront Trail at Ontario Place
On December 4, members of the public had a chance to meet the design team and learn more about the planned Urban Park and Waterfront Trail at Ontario Place. For those unable to attend in-person, meeting documentation is now available online. Visit the website to learn about this project and contribute your feedback before December 18.

Gift of tulips from the Netherlands to brighten Underpass Park
As a gesture of friendship between the Netherlands and Canada, the Consulate-General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Canada gave Waterfront Toronto 500 tulip bulbs. This fall, staff from Waterfront Toronto and the Dutch Consulate planted the bulbs at Underpass Park. Check out the photo gallery online…


Construction Update: Queens Quay Revitalization

Winter Work
With winter weather in full swing, you’ll notice some specialized equipment on Queens Quay designed to keep the project on schedule despite colder temperatures. 

Our contractors will be using mobile tents equipped with propane space heaters to shield crews and keep their work areas dry. Granite installation will continue throughout the winter aided by ground heaters and thermal tarps which prevent the ground from freezing and allow soil and bedding materials to remain pliable.

Ground heaters at work near the Rees WaveDeck.

Spadina Loop Reconstruction – Update
The reconstruction of the Spadina Loop is well underway – with more than half of the rebuild now complete. On November 15, crews completed the first and most complex sections of the loop rebuild. This section, which crosses the Spadina/Lake Shore intersection required weekend work and traffic diversions. The second section of the loop, located behind the 410 Queens Quay condominium, is nearly complete. Concrete is poured and the new streetcar rails are being installed. Crews expect to complete the third section of the rebuild, located on Queens Quay near the Shoppers Drug Mart, by late January 2014. The final section of the rebuild, located at Queens Quay and Lower Spadina, will begin in January 2014. Learn more about Queens Quay construction and sign up for weekly notices.

Holiday Construction Schedule
While some construction activities will continue over the holiday season, there will be no crews working on December 25 and 26 and January 1. Most contractors are expecting to work a half-day on December 24 and 31.


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

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.

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


Construction Update: Bayside Toronto

Deep foundation work underway at the Bayside Toronto site. 

Construction is underway on the Bayside Toronto site. Located at the water’s edge between Sherbourne Common and the Parliament Slip, this 13-acre site is being transformed from an industrial area into a thriving new community. Waterfront Toronto is undertaking much of the early infrastructure work — including new roads and municipal services — to support the Hines/Tridel development. Crews are currently working on reinforcing the south dockwall for the extension of the water’s edge promenade east of Sherbourne Common. Construction on Bayside’s first residential building, Aqualina, will begin in 2014. Learn more about Bayside Toronto...




Toronto Hydro upgrades in East Bayfront

Toronto Hydro crews upgrade the aging infrastructure beneath Queens Quay.

In January, Toronto Hydro’s extensive upgrade of its aging infrastructure on Queens Quay will move east. The first phase of work in East Bayfront will occur on Queens Quay East between Yonge Street and Dockside Drive followed by a second phase of work to Small Street. Crews will build new cable chambers and ducts designed to meet the increased demand on the electricity grid in the area. Work is expected to be complete by June 2014.

For more information about this project, please contact Toronto Hydro Customer Representative Andrea Ramnares:



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

Topping off of final building celebrated
A significant milestone was celebrated at the Pan/Parapan Am Athletes’ Village/Canary District on December 6, when the final building in the project was topped off.  

Officials from Waterfront Toronto, Infrastructure Ontario, TO2015, Dundee Kilmer, EllisDon Ledcor, the YMCA, George Brown College, Wigwamen and Fred Victor join Minister Michael Chan, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport and the Minister Responsible for the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games in signing a ceremonial beam. 

After being signed by participants, the beam was hoisted to the highest point of the Village's structures, signalling the completion of the frames. The overall project has surpassed the 70 per cent completion mark and the last 30 per cent of construction consists of interior work and landscaping.

Progress continues throughout the area on the installation of silva cells, road base concrete and pavers on local streets.
Reconstruction work on the west side of Sumach Street between King Street and Eastern Avenue is progressing. The west side is now open to northbound and southbound traffic and crews are installing pavers on the west sidewalk. The construction of the Sumach Street median is underway and the excavation of the east side of Sumach Street has commenced. Street parking is not available during this time.
The top coat of asphalt and line painting has been completed on Old Eastern Avenue. Hydro is working on energizing the street lights in preparation of reopening the street. 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 the TTC loop at the south end of the street, are ongoing.
Cherry Street between Eastern Avenue and Lake Shore Boulevard East, and Old Eastern Avenue will remain closed to through traffic to allow for the completion of the reconstruction. Access will be maintained to All City Storage.

YMCA/George Brown College
At the George Brown College student residence the exterior window curtain wall is complete on the east tower and is nearing completion on the north tower. Framing, drywall and mechanical and electrical rough-ins continue to progress on both towers. At the YMCA, the roof deck, roofing membrane, concrete topping and the penthouse steel structure are complete. 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
Window wall installation is complete on both the Fred Victor and Wigwamen affordable housing buildings. Progress also continues on both buildings with crews working on fan coil unit installation, elevator installation, interior framing and drywall work, mechanical and electrical rough-in installation and the exterior studding, sheathing and cladding for both buildings. Washroom tile installation has also begun in both buildings.

Canary District Condominiums
On the first market housing condominium, the mechanical and electrical rough-ins continue to progress in the north and south towers. The ground floor canopies and roofing are complete and the framing and drywall are in progress.  The pre-cast installation is complete at the north tower and installation continues on the south tower and podium. Window installation is ongoing and the bridge between the south tower and centre podium has been installed. Both tower cranes have been removed.

A view of the construction progress on the Canary District market condominiums.

On the second market housing building, the upper penthouse structure of the south tower has been completed marking a significant project milestone – all building in the Athletes’ Village/Canary District are now topped off. The pre-cast installation is complete on the north tower and continues on the south tower. Window installation is ongoing for both the north and south towers and mechanical and electrical rough-ins are in progress. Interior framing and drywall and the forming of the pool on the 11th floor of the south tower is underway. Another milestone in the project is the removal of the tower cranes. At the north tower the crane has been removed and the final crane at the south tower will be removed in the next month.
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. 



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