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Opportunity to create a globally significant community, showcasing advanced technologies, new building materials and innovative funding strategies that demonstrate pragmatic solutions toward climate-positive urban development.

Toronto is consistently a top-ranking city in terms of global competitiveness, innovation and quality of life. It is the fourth largest city in North America and continues to attract more than 100,000 new residents annually. It has a robust economy, with financial services, media production, information and communications technology and life sciences sectors fueling continued growth.

As the downtown experiences sustained population and job growth, demand for space continues to outpace supply. Supporting Toronto’s diversified economy and meeting the need for more space, the city’s post-industrial waterfront is transforming into a compelling destination with a number of high-quality residential and commercial developments, best-in-class technology infrastructure, and vibrant public and cultural spaces.


Innovation and Funding Partner


Over the last 15 years, Waterfront Toronto has made progress transforming the waterfront with its forward-looking vision for new neighbourhoods. Moving towards our next development project, Quayside, we recognized an opportunity to adapt our development model by bringing in a new kind of partner—one with innovation ingrained in its culture—in the earliest stages. This partner would help address pressing urban challenges and support the development of a vision and the planning to create a neighbourhood of the future. Together, we will conceptualize and plan the development of Quayside, identifying and defining the necessary partnership model, strategies, infrastructure, measurable outcomes and downstream partners that will ensure it is a globally-significant demonstration project that addresses key challenges:

  • Sustainability, Resiliency and Urban Innovation: employ solutions, technologies and strategies to create a sustainable – striving for climate-positive – resilient community.
  • Complete Communities: enhance quality of life through creating a mixed-use, mixed-income neighbourhood – providing a range of housing types and amenities – and addressing the need for mobility, accessibility and connectivity.
  • Economic Development and Prosperity: serve as a testbed for Canada’s cleantech, building materials and broader innovation-driven sectors, generate prosperity by growing the emerging industry hubs on the waterfront, including employers and job creators in the urban innovation and broader technology sectors.

In March 2017, Waterfront Toronto launched an international Request for Proposals (RFP) seeking an Innovation and Funding Partner. After a rigorous selection process, we announced the selection of Sidewalk Labs as the successful Innovation and Funding Partner on October 17, 2017.


Sidewalk Toronto


Sidewalk Toronto is the joint effort of Waterfront Toronto and Sidewalk Labs to design a new kind of complete community that will be uniquely Torontonian in its vibrancy, diversity, and openness. The project’s ambition is to create a new model of 21st century city living. Using forward-thinking urban design and new digital technology, the aim is to create people-centred neighbourhoods that set new standards for sustainability, affordability, mobility, and economic opportunity for the people who live and work there. Both organizations and all three orders of government are committed to creating a vision for Sidewalk Toronto that will be co-created by the people of Toronto and will reflect their ideas, concerns, and hopes. Arriving at this plan will entail extensive consultation and collaboration with Torontonians, as well as the contributions of leading global thinkers.


Throughout 2018, Sidewalk Toronto will work closely with the community, stakeholders and our government partners who will help shape the Master Innovation and Development Plan. The plan will be subject to approval by the boards of both Waterfront Toronto and Sidewalk Labs. Its implementation will also require a variety of municipal and governmental approvals.


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quick facts


The Quayside development block begins at Bonnycastle Street in the west from Queens Quay East north to Lake Shore Boulevard; the eastern-most boundary is roughly the Victory Soya Mills Silos, spanning from Lake Shore Boulevard south to Lake Ontario and the Water’s Edge. 


Quayside is an approximate 4.9 hectare (12 acre) development site situated along Toronto’s eastern waterfront, within walking distance of the vibrant central business district.


1.5 km from Toronto’s downtown


related events

Sidewalk Toronto: Public Roundtable #2
May 3, 2018

Sidewalk Toronto Public Talks Series: The Future of Affordable Housing
April 24, 2018

Sidewalk Toronto Public Talks Series: The Future of Complete Streets
March 27, 2018


Sidewalk Toronto: Public Roundtable
March 20, 2018


Sidewalk Toronto Community Town Hall
November 1, 2017

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