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Toronto's waterfront is a truly great public asset, and we want to encourage everyone to play a role in its revitalization. You can help us make Toronto's underused waterfront lands into vibrant, sustainable new neighbourhoods where we can live, work, learn and play.

Reconnecting Toronto with its waterfront is an inclusive and collaborative process.  We want you to play an active role in helping to design, plan and build our projects.  Join a public meeting, attend an open house, community meeting, or special event, or help by simply spreading the word of the work we are doing.


Upcoming public meetings & events


For upcoming public meetings and events - including Board of Directors, Design Review Panel, and Digital Strategy Advisory Panel meetings, please visit our calendar.


Recent Events & Public Consultations

Quayside Public Consultation - Round 2: Saturday, February 29, 2020

Waterfront Toronto has completed the technical evaluation of Sidewalk Labs’ proposal for Quayside. On February 29 we shared and sought feedback on the outcomes of the evaluation and whether the proposal addresses the pressing urban challenges our city is facing.

Consultation Materials for round two are contained within this Discussion Guide, which is an all-in-one information package that focuses on Waterfront Toronto’s technical evaluation of Sidewalk Labs’ Master Innovation and Development Plan (MIDP). The meeting was comprised of opening and closing plenary along with four topic-specific breakout rooms including Economic Development, Partnership and DigitalComplete CommunitiesSustainability; and New Mobility. Both sessions of the consultation were recorded and links to the recordings can be found here.


Marine Use Strategy Update Public Information Centre: February 3, 2020

A collaboration with Ports Toronto, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority and the City of Toronto, the Marine Use Strategy will be used to guide the planning and design of future shoreline improvements. The current focus of this study is Toronto’s Inner Harbour, which includes a balance of commercial shipping, cruise ships and tour boats, recreational water-related uses and water-based transportation. DETAILS HERE

Public Information Centre and Drop-in: York Street Park - Thursday, January 16, 2020

We’re transforming the site of the former F.G. Gardiner offramp into new urban oasis. A public information centre was held on January 16, 2019 to showcase the new design for the park including details on timeline for development and park amenities. Staff from Waterfront Toronto and our design team at Claude Cormier et Associés were there to answer your questions and hear your thoughts about the design.  More information on the public drop-in can be found here.

LOOP Warming Station - January 14 - 17, 2020

Location: Future site of Love Park (York Street and Queens Quay West)
Time:    January 14-16, 11am-2pm / 4pm-8pm  and January 17, 11am-2pm

Members of our Waterfront Toronto team were on-site for the first few days of the LOOP installation to talk about our ongoing projects, including plans for the future Love Park.

Skating at The Bentway - January 17 - 19, 2020

The Bentway Skate Trail is open seven days a week from 12pm-9pm.  The Waterfront Toronto team was on-site next to the warming stations on January 17, 18 and 19 from 4-9pm. We also sponsored free skate rentals on Saturday and encouraged people to visit our tent to chat with the team, learn more about our ongoing projects and tell us how you’re spending time on the waterfront this winter. 

Quayside Public Briefing - November 19, 2019

Waterfront Toronto held a Public Briefing on Quayside to share an update on the October 31, 2019 project realignment with Sidewalk Labs, an explanation of how the threshold issues have been addressed, and the next steps as the realigned proposal moves forward to formal evaluation.

Materials from the Public Briefing can be found here.


Summer Movie Nights in Parks

Waterfront Toronto was proud to participate in the Toronto Outdoor Picture Show (TOPS) film festival series once again. Our team was out in the various parks to chat with you about our work in revitalizing the Toronto waterfront.

This year’s theme was “Dynamic Duos” with each of the films featuring a special on-screen pair, exploring the themes of friendship, coupledom, rivalry, doppelgäners and other dualities. 

Dates: June 15 to August 25 (Sundays and Thursdays)
Times: Sundown.
Locations: Fort York, Christie Pits, Corktown Common and Bell Manor Park


Quayside Dialogue Box: Consulting on Next Generation Communities  

In July, Waterfront Toronto hosted a series of programs in library branches across Toronto. At these sessions, staff from Waterfront Toronto eshared information about the proposal, answered questions, and listened to your feedback. A hard copy of the proposal was available in-person at each drop-in session along with a Note to Reader prepared by Waterfront Toronto to serve as a guide, help the public navigate the MIDP, and bring Waterfront Toronto’s unique lens as public steward of Toronto’s waterfront.

Public Consultations  on Sidewalk Labs’ Proposal for Quayside 

Starting in July, Waterfront Toronto hosted public consultations across Toronto on Sidewalk Labs’ proposal for Quayside. Staff from Waterfront Toronto used these consultations to share information about the proposal, seek feedback, and answer questions. 

These meetings were structured to include a main presentation and multiple breakout sessions. 

North York Civic Centre (5100 Yonge Street): Monday, July 15, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (Eventbrite)
Radisson Admiral Hotel (249 Queens Quay West): Wednesday, July 17, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (Eventbrite)
George Brown College (51 Dockside Drive): Saturday, July 20, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Eventbrite)
Chestnut Residence and Conference Centre (89 Chestnut Street): Tuesday, July 23, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (Eventbrite)

The following materials were available at each of the public consultations and information sessions:

Port Lands Flood Protection Public Information Centre (June 19-20)

On June 19 and 20 at Toronto City Hall we hosted a Public Information Centre where members of the public could learn more about the Port Lands Flood Protection Project. During City Hall opening hours on both days, displays were available showing up-to-date designs for the parks, river, roads and bridges we’re building in the Port Lands. 

On June 20, we hosted a public meeting at City Hall where you could see how the designs have progressed and incorporated your feedback since the last public meeting held in July 2018.  

Drop-in hours were from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and provided a chance to learn about the project and talk to members of the project team. Attendees could also take your picture in the future Promontory Park South or get a look at the new river valley with a virtual reality tour. To view the materials from this meeting, please visit Port Lands website


East Bayfront Community Open House: June 11, 2019

Waterfront Toronto and the City of Toronto held an East Bayfront community open house meeting on Tuesday, June 11. This meeting provided updates on a number of ongoing projects in the area including parks and public spaces, Bayside development, stormwater and sanitary sewer infrastructure, Queens Quay East transit, upcoming road construction, future community services, and more.

This meeting was an informal, drop-in format where community members were invited to visit a series of information boards and speak with project subject matter experts to learn more. No formal presentations were held. For more information


Public Meeting on Digital Neighbourhoods & Digital Literacy

On May 22 we partnered with Toronto Public Library to co-host a public meeting on Digital Neighbourhoods and Digital Literacy. We were joined by Digital Justice LabTech Reset Canada, and other groups involved in digital issues in cities. Together we shared and discussed information on how digital technologies are influencing (and will continue to influence) how cities work.

For more details and to view the meeting materials and video, please visit the project website


Civic Labs

The Quayside project presents opportunities and has also prompted many questions about the digital future of cities. The Civic Labs provide a forum for Waterfront Toronto, project team members, tech experts, and leaders from governments, academic institutions, the private and non-profit sectors to productively share their thoughts and feedback on topics applicable to the Quayside project, and answer relevant questions.

The third Civic Lab discussion held on March 26, 2019 was livestreamed through the Waterfront Toronto Facebook page and posted on Waterfront Toronto’s YouTube channel. For more information on the Civic Labs, please visit here.  Check back here for updates on future Civic Labs.


Waterfront Toronto Science Fair

To celebrate National Engineering Month, Waterfront Toronto's Port Lands Flood Protection project team hosted a mini science fair, complete with experiments and model-building. A free event for children of all ages, this expo was all about designing and building bridges, roads, parks and rivers. Future engineers, planners, technologists, architects and scientists had a chance to learn about one of Canada's biggest infrastructure projects. For more information, please visit our Facebook event page or see the Event Flyer for details.  


Sidewalk Toronto Public Roundtable #4

On December 8, 2018, Waterfront Toronto and Sidewalk Labs hosted the fourth public roundtable meeting on the Sidewalk Toronto project. During this full-day roundtable meeting at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, participants had the opportunity to attend a morning session and/or an afternoon session (both with the same agenda) to learn about and discuss key details being considered for the draft Master Innovation and Development Plan for Quayside. There were four break-out sessions focused on: site plans and transportation, affordable housing and social infrastructure, digital governance, and sustainability.  Those who couldn't join in person could also watch our livestream of the morning’s main presentation on the Sidewalk Toronto Facebook or YouTube pages, and catch-up online with recordings (presentation slides and audio only) of breakout sessions following the event. For more information, please visit this link

Associated Roundtable #4 Documents:

  • Meeting Agenda   PDF
  • Info Sheet 1 - Smart Cities   PDF
  • Info Sheet 2 - Digital Laws & Regulations   PDF
  • Info Sheet 3 - Data Collection and Use   PDF
  • Sidewalk Toronto Roundtable 4 - Workbook  PDF
  • Sidewalk Toronto Roundtable 4 - Transcribed Comments  PDF
  • Sidewalk Toronto Roundtable 4 - Summary Report  PDF
  • Sidewalk Toronto Roundtable 4 - Post Event Survey (Feedback Responses)  PDF

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Toronto, ON M5J 2N8
Telephone: 416-214-1344
Fax: 416-214-4591
Email: info@waterfrontoronto.ca


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