Shortlisted Proponents for the Keating Channel Pedestrian Bridge

Aerial of Toronto's downtown waterfront with a dashed circle in the center labeled 'Project location'

Keating Channel Pedestrian Bridge location in context.




Waterfront Toronto and the City of Toronto in collaboration with Host Nation and Treaty Holder, the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, are pleased to announce the shortlist of teams being invited to propose designs for the accessible Keating Channel Pedestrian Bridge.


In May 2023, Waterfront Toronto and its partners issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) and received 13 submissions from a variety of local, national and international teams. Following careful evaluation of the submissions, five (5) Proponents have been selected to participate in the Design Competition stage. The shortlisted Proponents are listed in alphabetical order by Lead Firm:


  • Lead Firm: Entuitive 
    Engineer: Schlaich Bergermann Partner 
    Architect: Grimshaw Architects 
    Architect & Indigenous Consultant: Two Row Architect 
    Landscape Architect: O2 Planning + Design with Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates 

  • Lead Firm: EXP 
    Engineer: Buro Happold  
    Architect: INFORM Studio 
    Indigenous Consultant: 4 Directions 
    Landscape Architect: Sprucelab   

  • Lead Firm: Henning Larsen 
    Engineer: Ramboll 
    Architect: Henning Larsen  
    Indigenous Consultant: Two Row Architect  
    Landscape Architect: Henning Larsen 

  • Lead Firm: RJC Engineers 
    Engineer: Anta Ingeneria Civil 
    Architect: Smoke Architecture Inc. 
    Indigenous Consultant: MinoKamik 
    Landscape Architect: Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates   

  • Lead Firm: Zeidler Architecture Inc. 
    Engineer: Arup 
    Architect: WilkinsonEyre 
    Indigenous Consultant: Two Row Architect 
    Landscape Architect: PLANT Architect Inc. 

The Keating Channel Pedestrian Bridge will link the Quayside neighbourhood and Toronto’s downtown to an expanded regional park system along the Don River and the emergent Villiers Island. It will contribute to the creation of a continuous and publicly accessible water’s edge along the harbour and play a critical role in providing safe, direct, and equitable access across the Keating Channel.


Illustrated rendering of a pedestrian bridge over water.

Artist’s rendering of the location of the bridge just east of Parliament Slip, including the future vision for the activation of Parliament Slip (unfunded).


Incorporating Indigenous design principles is key to this project. Together, with the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation and the City of Toronto, we envision a bridge that meaningfully celebrates local Indigenous arts, cultures, storytelling, histories, and traditions. This initiative also seeks to support Indigenous place-making and place-keeping as a part of a collective re-imagining of public spaces to strengthen the connection between place, community, values, culture, past, present and future.


Thunderbird column on the side of a pedestrian bridge over a road.

Precedent image, (Xwa-Lack-Tun “Rick Harry.” Squamish, Canada. 2012) “East Side Pier Squamish Overpass” by B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.


For the Design Competition, Shortlisted Proponents are being asked to submit proposals that will be reviewed by an evaluation committee made up of Waterfront Toronto, City of Toronto and Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation staff. Waterfront Toronto anticipates that the successful Proponent will be identified in the fall of 2023.


On behalf of our project partners, we thank all the proponent teams for their interest in this project and for their submissions.


This project is funded, in part, by the Government of Canada.

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