Toronto's Port Lands is an area of about 356 hectares (880 acres) that stretches from the Inner Harbour on the west to Leslie Street in the east, and from Lake Shore Boulevard in the north to the to the Outer Harbour in the south.
The Port Lands were created in the early 20th Century by filling in Ashbridges Bay to create additional industrial areas for the growing city. The Port Lands have been used for a variety of industrial activities over the years, including providing the city's only industrial port, manufacturing functions and energy generation. Today, the lands continue to be used for industrial and port functions, but there are large amounts of vacant and underutilized land. The Port Lands are an unparalleled revitalization opportunity for Toronto.
In 2011, the City, Waterfront Toronto and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority initiated the Port Lands Acceleration Initiative (PLAI) to refine the Don Mouth Naturalization and Port Lands Flood Protection Project Environmental Assessment (DMNP EA) and develop a business and implementation plan with the objective of accelerating development opportunities in the Port Lands. City Council adopted the direction developed during the PLAI in October 2012, and directed City and Waterfront Toronto staff to develop additional plans for the area.