Roads and Trails

John Street Corridor Improvements

Designing improvements for John Street between Front Street and Stephanie Street.

The City of Toronto is working to transform John Street into a "cultural corridor" by redesigning the streetscape between Front Street and Stephanie Street.

John Street plays an important role in the network of downtown streets by connecting many of Toronto's key cultural institutions (such as the Art Gallery of Ontario) with the waterfront. Because of its prominence, John Street is a pedestrian priority route. The John Street Corridor Improvements project aims to create a better experience for pedestrians by enhancing the streetscape. These improvements will lead to an environment that is accessible, beautiful, and pedestrian-friendly, and that accommodates the many events and festivals held along John Street.

 

Planned Improvements

  • Widening sidewalks and boulevards
  • Reducing the width of the roadway down to one lane of traffic in each direction between Wellington Street and Stephanie Street
  • Creating a gentler slope from the curb to the roadway, allowing the street to be used as a plaza space for events during road closures
  • Greening the street by planting additional trees
  • Installing new paving materials in the roadway and on the sidewalks to add visual interest and calm traffic
  • Adding new roadway, pedestrian, event, and traffic lighting
  • Installing public art

 

With these improvements, John Street will become a destination street in downtown Toronto that prioritizes pedestrians, is bike-friendly, and hosts many special events and festivals.

 

Project Timeline

  • 2010 - 2011: Public consultation on the John Street Corridor Improvements Environmental Assessment
  • December 2012: John Street Corridor Improvements Environmental Assessment approved
  • Summer 2014: John Street Corridor Improvements detailed design phase begins
  • Spring 2015: Public Open House, April 28th, 2015, 5pm-7pm, Metro Hall Rotunda
  • Summer 2016: Completion of the detailed design of John Street

 

The materials below are related to the John Street Corridor Improvements and may be of interest:

John Street Corridor Improvements Environmental Assessment 

Design Review Panel Meeting Minutes 

Design Review Panel Presentation, December 2014:


The following presentation was given at the John Street Corridor Improvements Stakeholder Meeting on April 10, 2015. The Stakeholder Meeting was held with property owners along John Street and at key intersections to discuss the project in relation to specific properties.

The following panels were displayed at the John Street Corridor Improvements Open House, held April 28, 2015 at Metro Hall:

John Street is a central urban street in downtown Toronto, and is home to many of the city's major cultural institutions. In 2012 the City of Toronto completed the John Street Corridor Improvements Environmental Assessment Study, which included a comprehensive public consultation program.

The Environmental Assessment received approval in December 2012 to make improvements to John Street. You can access the full Environmental Assessment report here.

The John Street Corridor Improvements detailed design phase began in 2014.

A Public Open House was held on April 28, 2015 at Metro Hall. 

This drop-in event invited attendees to learn more about the John Street Corridor Improvements, between Front Street and Stephanie Street. The City shared designs and answered questions.