Waterfront Renewal

Waterfront Renewal Projects

Toronto's waterfront revitalization is one of Canada's most exciting urban renewal projects. At the municipal level, it is managed by the City's Waterfront Secretariat. The Secretariat works with Waterfront Toronto, the federal and provincial governments and other partners to realize a number of projects within as well as outside the Designated Waterfront Area (DWA) between Dowling Avenue in the west and Coxwell Avenue in the east. Some of these projects are featured below.

Toronto City GRE

Development Review & Approval Process: Planned Ground Run-Up Enclosure (GRE) At Billy Bishop Toronto

At the request of the City of Toronto, PortsToronto is proposing to construct a Ground Run-Up Enclosure (GRE) at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. A GRE is an open-air, acoustically engineered structure used to dampen the noise produced by engine maintenance run-up inspections. The City of Toronto is undertaking a technical review of the GRE, and invites you to learn more about the proposed design, construction and operation of this noise management facility.

Aerial view of Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport

Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport Review

On May 7, 8, 9 and 10, 2013, Toronto City Council requested City staff to undertake a review of a request from Porter Airlines to permit jet-powered aircraft operations at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (BBTCA).


Aerial view of Gardiner Expressway, East of Yonge St.

Gardiner Expressway East Environmental Assessment (EA)

The City of Toronto and Waterfront Toronto are leading an EA for a 2.4-kilometre section of the Gardiner Expressway and Lake Shore Boulevard east of Jarvis Street to approximately Logan Avenue. The project includes an extensive public consultation program.

Artist rendering of Fort York Pedestrian Bridge

Fort York Pedestrian Bridge

The pedestrian/cycle connection is an opportunity to improve and strengthen the public presence and access of Fort York. This can be achieved in part by re-establishing connections to existing parks, open space and trails within the Fort York area and the waters edge of Lake Ontario.

Streetcar on Queens Quay West

Transit in the Waterfront

Planning for new waterfront districts calls for higher order transit to be available early in the revitalization. At Union Station, a second subway platform is being added to improve traffic flow, safety and capacity to accommodate greater numbers of people living and visiting Toronto's waterfront.

In West Don Lands, the dedicated streetcar line along Cherry Street from Mill Street to Eastern Avenue is completed. The section on Cherry Street/Sumach Street from Eastern Avenue to King Street East will be completed in the spring of 2014. The loop section south of Mill Street will be completed in the fall of 2015 after the Pan-Am Games. Start of service will be in 2016.

In East Bayfront, an Environmental Assessment was completed in 2010 for the extension of the LRT service from Union Station to East Bayfront. Currently, Waterfront Toronto is working with the 3 orders of government to develop a funding strategy. The plans call for the LRT to go as far as Parliament Street initially. It would later be extended to the Port Lands.

Artist rendering of the

Port Lands Sports Centre

Waterfront Revitalization Initiative's 10-Year recommended Capital Plan includes $32 M for the development of a sports facility. In 2010, Council adopted the "stacked option" as the preferred design for a four-pad ice facility in the Port Lands. Total project cost was estimated at $88 M, excluding site servicing costs.

View of Toronto western waterfront

Western Waterfront Master Plan

As a place in the wilderness, on the edge of a growing town, or in the heart of a city of 2.5 million, the development and physical form of the Western Waterfront has been predominately influenced by its dual role as a place to travel to and a place to travel through.

Panoramic aerial view of Cherry Beach

Public Realm Improvements

Toronto Waterfront Renewal features a number of completed public realm improvement projects, including upgraded beach facilities and sports fields at Cherry Beach, improved Martin Goodman Trail, and new waterside parks at Port Union and Mimico. Visit Waterfront Toronto's website for details on these and other renewal projects.

Precinct Plans

Precinct planning looks at specific areas of the waterfront to define the location and character of parks, public spaces and promenades, streets and blocks, building form and location, transportation and public facilities. It is the final planning step before by-laws are enacted, and the detailed design and construction starts on streets, homes, parks and businesses. Waterfront Toronto, in partnership with the City, has prepared precinct plans for new communities in the East Bayfront and West Don Lands, and a new recreational park, Commissioners Park, in the Port Lands.

East Bayfront Precint Plan artist impression

East Bayfront Precinct Plan

The East Bayfront precinct is the most central waterfront revitalization area to the downtown core. As such, East Bayfront represents an important opportunity for Toronto’s city centre to establish a positive and meaningful relationship with its waterfront.

West Don Lands Precinct Plan artist impression

West Don Lands Precinct Plan

Located in the southeast corner of Downtown, the West Don Lands is envisioned as a new mixed-use precinct with an emphasis on urban living. The West Don Lands will inherit many of the unique qualities and characteristics of the precincts and neighbourhoods surrounding it, yet it will be distinguished by a major new park on the Don River.