rendering of future Keating Channel pavilion

Keating Channel Precinct

The Lower Don Lands’ first community will be a vibrant, sustainable mixed-use neighbourhood on Toronto’s Keating Channel.


The Keating Channel neighbourhood, located in northern quadrant of the Lower Don Lands, is the first precinct being planned for the area. The neighbourhood runs from East Bayfront to the Don River and from the West Don Lands to Villiers Street.


The Keating Channel, currently one of Toronto’s least attractive areas, will be dramatically transforming into an upbeat, unique canal destination. It will be lined with public space and traversed by a series of four new bridges for vehicles, transit, cyclists, and pedestrians.

Quick Facts


The neighbourhood will run from East Bayfront to the Don River and from the West Don Lands to Villiers Street.

Precinct Plan:

Completed in 2010

Lead Design Team:

Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc. (MVVA)

keating channel precinct plan


The precinct plan for the area consists of 25 blocks that will feature a variety of built-forms and architecture that support a diversity of experience and uses.


It will feature parks and promenades along its edge, water access for boats, plus it will have amenities such as shops and canal-side cafés.


The Keating Channel, a man-made 1,100-metres long by 36-metres wide channel, anchors the neighbourhood to the north and south and provides a unique waterfront setting.


Under the plan the Keating Channel neighbourhood will contain approximately 4,000 residential units.


Read the Keating Channel precinct plan here.


For more information about the planning and future development of the Port Lands and the Don Mouth Naturalization project, visit 

Design Teams

Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc., Landscape Architects

In collaboration with:
AECOM, Civil and Marine Engineer
Applied Ecological Services, Regional Ecologist
Arup, Traffic and Transportation Engineer
Carpenter Norris Consulting, Sustainability Consultant
GHK International Consulting, Urban Planner
Greenberg Consultants, Urban Designer
LimnoTech, River Hydrologist
MMM Group Limited, Urban Planner
Mack Scogin Merril Elam Architects, Architect
RFR Engineering, Bridge Engineer
Transsolar Energietechnick GmbH, Climate Engineer

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