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intelligent communities

We’re supporting the development of Toronto’s knowledge workforce by fostering innovation and collaboration in business, technology and education. Along with our partners, we are building communities where people can live, work, learn and play in a seamless, technology-enabled environment. These initiatives work to make Toronto a more competitive city for global talent and investment.

An “intelligent community” is one that uses technology to create economic opportunity and enhance quality of life for its residents. Our Intelligent Community strategy includes a range of initiatives designed to help Toronto stay at the forefront of the global competition between major urban centres for business, jobs, talent and investment. 


Ultra-Fast Internet Connections & Neighbourhood-Wide WiFi


Our partner, Toronto-based Beanfield Metroconnect, has built one of Canada’s first open-access broadband networks. Unlike standard networks, this community network will allow residential and business users to choose any Internet Service Provide they want. The network’s service is guaranteed to be maintained among the best in the world for at least 10 years and used advanced fiber-optic technology to deliver Internet connection speeds exponentially faster than the North American average. Beanfield will provide unlimited Internet access for a capped fee that starts at 1Gbps upload and download speeds (scalable to 10Gbps for commercial users). The network also provides the essential infrastructure for IPTV, VoIP and advanced safety and energy management systems that residents and business can use to make their community more sustainable, more affordable and more livable.

In order to help ensure that all residents and visitors will be able to access these essential data and services, Beanfield will also provide a ubiquitous outdoor Wi-Fi network free of charge.


Information Communications Technology Cluster


We are working with global and local technology leaders to create dynamic mixed-use communities that have the advanced telecommunications infrastructure required by data- and bandwidth-intensive industry sectors. With the Film Studio District and Toronto’s booming South Core only minutes away, our leading edge and technology-enabled waterfront districts are already attracting major employers like Corus Entertainment. Our work is setting the stage for a critical mass of Information Communications Technology sector employers along our waterfront. Toronto’s waterfront will soon be synonymous with driving innovation and global competitiveness – a future-ready community on the cutting-edge of technology, communications, media and design.


Waterfront Innovation Centre


In February 2015, Waterfront Toronto and Menkes Developments Ltd. announced plans for a 350,000-square-foot innovation centre which will bring more than 2,000 employees to Toronto’s waterfront. The facility will offer specialized commercial space for Toronto’s rapidly evolving creative and technology sectors – including advanced visualization and interactive digital media, film and TV production – in an environment designed to promote collaboration within and between tenant companies. 


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