Overhead map showing Villiers Island.

Villiers Island


The Villiers Island precinct (formerly referred to as Cousins Quay) will be a stunning new waterfront community that embraces its distinct industrial functions and the spectacular new parks, public spaces and ecological richness that will result from the naturalization of the mouth of the Don River. Surrounded by water on all sides, the Villiers Island precinct will introduce a vitality to the area that honours the distinctive culture associated with waterfront districts and vibrant working ports.

In Fall 2023, the City of Toronto, CreateTO, and Waterfront Toronto will recommend to City Council a preferred approach for increasing densities on Villiers Island. The Council-endorsed preferred approach will inform an update to the 2017 Precinct Plan, resulting in more housing and affordable rental homes while respecting the overall vision for this new community. Public engagements will inform the evaluation of different approaches to building more housing on public lands by increasing densities by at least 30% above the 2017 Precinct Plan.

On June 19, the City of Toronto, CreateTO and Waterfront Toronto hosted a public meeting as part of this process. Watch this recording to learn more about this public meeting. 

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

Quick Facts


The Keating Channel to the north, Toronto's Inner Harbour to the West, Polson Slip to the south and the Don Roadway to the east.


33.5 hectares (83 acres)
22 hectares (54 acres) of developable area
13.5 hectares (34 acres) of water's edge parks and public spaces


30 minute walk from downtown

Design Team:

Urban Strategies Inc. (precinct plan lead)