TOcore - Planning Toronto's Downtown

Have Your Say

Whether you live, work, learn, play or invest in the Downtown, we want to hear from you.
Tell us what you think about Toronto's Downtown. What's working well? Where do you have concerns? How might we make improvements for the future? What’s your vision? There are many ways to get involved—click on your preference below. Meet the TOcore Avatars. Our next round of public and stakeholder consultation will begin in early 2017. Stay tuned. 

Other Ways to Have Your Say


Text Message

To sign up for text message updates, text "TOcore" to 393939*

*We won't charge you anything for this text message, but your carrier's standard charges will apply.


Planners in Public Spaces Events

Come out and chat with City Planners at TOcore Planners in Public Spaces (PIPS) events this Saturday, April 22nd 2017 from 10am-12pm at the John Innes Community Centre (150 Sherbourne Street) & the Waterfront Community Centre (627 Queens Quay West)


Public Meetings

TOcore will host public meetings at each phase of the study. Check the website frequently for details!


TOcore Podcasts

TOcore Youth Engagement Podcasts coming soon!


         March 4 Presentation and Discussion Panel  

A conversation about the future of King Street        

             Making Cities for People Event (FULL)    

         A conversation with Janie Romoff                  

           Toronto Officials Read your Mean Tweets    

      #DTadvice: the film that started it all!               


ExpandNewsletter 2 - November 8, 2016

November 8, 2016
Newsletter 2

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What We've Been Up To

Proposals Report Now Available

The TOcore team has been busy working on the TOcore Proposals Report. The report outlines a comprehensive set of policy directions for the new Downtown Secondary Plan. This is not the plan itself. The draft Secondary Plan will be based on these proposed directions and the public and stakeholder consultation that will begin in early 2017. The Proposals Report will be presented at Toronto and East York Community Council on November 15th. Check it out the livestream on the City of Toronto website on November 15th! 

Engagement Report Now Available

In addition to the Proposals Report, Swerhun Facilitations and Studio Jaywall,  a team of consultants retained by the City to work on the TOcore Communications and Engagement Strategy have published a comprehensive report summarizing the wide range of engagement that took place between April and September, 2016. Thanks to everyone who has participated so far! 

We still need your help! Further engagement will take place over the remaining phases of the study. To get involved, check out the TOcore website!

Open Streets

On September 18th, the Tocore team took part in the Open Streets Festival. Thanks to everyone that stopped by our booth!

Open Streets Tocore booth  Open Streets Tocore booth, participants   Open Streets Tocore booth, participants   Open Streets Tocore booth, participants   


Upcoming Events

TOcore Proposals Report Presentation at Toronto & East York Community Council

Upcoming Events

Date: November 15, 2016,
9:30 a.m.
Location: City Hall, Committee Room 1


TOcore Parks and Public Realm Study: Making Cities for 

Upcoming Events


Date: November 23, 2016,
6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location: St. Paul's, Cody Hall,  227 Bloor Street E.
Hosted by: City of Toronto

Get Involved

We encourage active involvement through each phase of the study. In early 2017 we will be holding various consultation events. You can however get involved today! Have your say with the TOcore Toolkit. Help us spread the word about TOcore! Know someone that might be interested in the study? Forward this email to them and encourage them to sign up for our email list  and text message updated at the TOCore website!


Contact us

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Hashtag: #TOcore #DTadvice

ExpandNewsletter 1 - July 19, 2016

You're Invited!

Tall Buildings Setbacks Public Consultation Meeting

DATE:                    Tuesday, July 19, 2016
TIME:                     7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
PLACE:                  Metro Hall, 55 John Street, Room 308

As part of the TOcore study, City Planning is hosting a community consultation meeting on the Official Plan Amendment and Zoning Bylaw Amendments regarding tall building setbacks. This community consultation will present the Official Plan Amendment policies and Zoning Bylaw Amendments that will set out required setbacks from property lines, as well as between two or more towers on a single site.

Appropriate separation distances between towers minimizes negative impacts on the public realm and neighbouring properties, such as adverse shadowing, pedestrian-level wind and blockage of sky view. A presentation will be given followed by an opportunity for attendees to ask questions and provide feedback.

The June 2016 Toronto and East York Community Council report is available at the following link:

For more information contact:

George Pantazis, 

tel: 416-392-3566



TOcore News

TOcore Expo - June 20th - 22nd

The TOcore Expo was a great success! Over the course of three days, the City Planning Division hosted an open house Expo at Metro Hall's Rotunda. We had nearly 1,500 visitors! To see our information boards please visit the TOcore website.


Engagement Tool Kit

Join the conversation with our Engagement Tool Kit! The toolkit is now available until July 31st!

TOcore at Open Streets Toronto

Join at Toronto's Complete Streets Festival on August 21st and September 18th! More details to come!



Past Consultations

ExpandNovember 15 2016 - Toronto East York Community Council

On November 15, 2016, the TOcore team reported out to Toronto and East York Community Council with its Proposals Report. 

TOcore Proposals Report


Staff Report

Community Council is video taped and archived on YouTube. You can now watch the entire November 15, 2016 Community Council event by clicking the link below. The presentation on TOcore, presented by Gregg Lintern, Director of Community Planning, Toronto and East York District, begins at the 5:41:00 time spot.

ExpandApril 6 2016 - Public Space for Public Life: Conversations about the Future of Downtown

Toronto’s Chief Planner Jennifer Keesmaat and CBC Radio One’s Mary Wiens talked about the future of Downtown places and spaces. A series of ‘pecha kucha’ talks provided snapshot perspectives on public space and public life in Toronto, with speakers including landscape architect Adam Nicklin, Gehl Studio’s Geoff Dyck, urban designer Ken Greenberg, Evergreen’s Geoff Cape and senior staff from the City of Toronto’s City Planning, Parks Forestry & Recreation, and Transportation Services Divisions.

Wednesday April 6, 2016

6:30 - 8:30 PM

Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex AveToronto

ExpandNovember 10 2015 - Toronto East York Community Council

On November 10, 2015, the TOcore team reported out to Toronto and East York Community Council with its Phase 1 Summary Report and Phase 2 Directions. You can read the report and follow Council's decision at the link below:

Community Council is video taped and archived on YouTube. You can now watch the entire November 10, 2015 Community Council event by clicking the link below. The presentation on TOcore, presented by Gregg Lintern, Director of Community Planning, Toronto and East York District, begins at the 9:25:00 time spot in the video and continues until the end of the video. 

  • Video (TOcore presentation begins at the 9:25:00 time spot)

ExpandTOcore PiPS 2016

"PiPS" stands for Planners in Public Spaces, which is a public engagement initiative started by City Planning in 2013 in order to advance actionable items of its Strategic Plan, under the Strategic Director for Clear, Consistent and Compelling Communication.  

The basic purpose of Planners in Public Spaces is to bring planners to the people and provide opportunities for the public to engage with City Planners, one-on-one, on issues that affect the City and specific concerns they may have about development and policy in the city.

The TOcore team would like to thank everyone who made it out to the PiPS events. More events will be forthcoming as the study progresses. 

ExpandTOcore Community Consultation - Round One

TOcore hosted three separate community meetings over the month of June in the three downtown wards (Wards 20, 27, and 28). 

| Thursday, June 18, 2015 | Tuesday, June 23, 2015 | Monday, June 29, 2015 |

6:30-7:00       Open House
7:00-7:30       Presentation
7:30-9:00       Breakout Session with City Staff

June 18, 2015 - Wellesley Community Centre
June 23, 2015 - Metro Hall, Room 308
June 29, 2015 - Jarvis Collegiate Institute

Consultation Materials

ExpandFebruary 9 2015 - Community Services & Facilities Stakeholder Roundtable

On February 9, the City held a stakeholder roundtable discussion with organizations that provide community services and facilities in the downtown. Participants were provided with an overview of the community services and facilities component and offered their insights on how growth has impacted the downtown's social infrastructure. The presentation and hand-outs provided to participants are displayed below.