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Monday October the 14th, 2019 
Linda E. Sully
Broker, SRES

Johnston & Daniel, A Division of Royal LePage R.E.S. Ltd.

Waterfront Toronto announces Sidewalk Labs as its Innovation and Funding Partner for Quayside - Oct.26/17

news from our new blue edge


September/October 2017


Waterfront Toronto announces Sidewalk Labs as its Innovation and Funding Partner for Quayside

Last week, Waterfront Toronto and Sidewalk Labs announced “Sidewalk Toronto”, a joint effort to design a new kind of mixed-use, complete community on Toronto’s Eastern Waterfront. Sidewalk Toronto will combine forward-thinking urban design and new digital technology to create people-centred neighourhoods that achieve precedent-setting levels of sustainability, affordability, mobility, and economic opportunity. 

Our President and CEO, Will Fleissig, was joined by Dan Doctoroff, CEO of Sidewalk Labs; Prime Minister Justin Trudeau; Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne; Toronto Mayor John Tory; and Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Alphabet, Inc. at Corus Quay on the eastern waterfront for this important announcement.

After exploring opportunities all over the world, Sidewalk Labs, an Alphabet company, responded to a Request for Proposals (RFP) issued in March 2017 by Waterfront Toronto that sought an innovation and funding partner for the eastern waterfront, beginning with the creation of a new neighbourhood called Quayside.  Following a rigorous procurement process involving a number of local and international firms, Waterfront Toronto selected Sidewalk Labs as its partner. 

Sidewalk Toronto will devote the next year to extensive community and stakeholder consultation and long-range planning, focused on improving infrastructure and transportation systems, creating new models of affordable housing and flexible retail uses, and establishing clear governance policies related to data protection and privacy. 

This process will kick off with a Community Town Hall meeting on November 1, 2017.

Sidewalk Toronto Community Town Hall Details:
Date: Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Time: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm 
Location: St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, 27 Front Street East, Toronto, ON M5E 1B4 (major intersection is Front Street East and Yonge Street)

Livestream: Facebook Page
Map: Click here
Transit: Closest TTC subway station is Union Station. Walk east on the south side of Front Street from Union Station to the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts. Please use the TTC trip planner for additional options.

NOTE: In response to overwhelming interest, the event has been relocated to a larger theatre within the same venue. Additional tickets will be released to those who are currently signed up on the waitlist. We apologize if we are unable to accommodate everyone, however, we will also be streaming the Town Hall on our Facebook page

To learn more about the announcement and Sidewalk Toronto, visit our newsroom




Walkway construction begins at Jack Layton Ferry Terminal and Harbour Square Park

Artist concept of the main walkway, looking south to the terminal gates from Bay Street.

Construction is scheduled to begin this fall on Phase 1A of the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal and Harbour Square Park project. 
Beginning late-October to early-November, the western walkway that leads visitors to Harbour Square Park (located just west of the main entrance at Bay Street and Queens Quay) will close. This will allow us to install a widened asphalt walkway that will provide uninterrupted access to the ferry terminal gates throughout construction of Phase 1A. Once the widened walkway is installed and reopened for public access, the main walkway that runs south from Bay Street to the ferry terminal gates will close for construction. We expect this work to begin in early- to mid-November and the new main walkway to open for the season opening in May 2018. 
You may also notice City of Toronto staff on site from now until early-November removing small items including furnishings, plant material, planters, flag poles and pavers. As part of installing the new pedestrian promenade and widened western walkway, the City will be also be removing 15 trees that are directly affected by Phase 1A construction. These trees will be replaced by 16 new trees that will be planted using soil cell technology that will help ensure healthy growing conditions for the trees. 
To learn more about the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal and Harbour Square Park Master Plan and the Phase 1A, visit our website.  




Construction begins on Cherry Street Stormwater and Lakefilling 

Cherry Street Stormwater and Lakefilling project area outlined in purple.

Construction is starting this month on the Cherry Street Stormwater and Lakefilling (CSLF) project. For the next several weeks, work will be concentrated on land, with little impact on traffic or public spaces. Read the first construction notice here. To sign up to receive future notices about this project, email

CSLF is one component of the Don Mouth Naturalization and Port Lands Flood Protection project. We’re creating new land around Essroc Quay – this will make room to realign Cherry Street and build a new Cherry Street Bridge over the Keating Channel, part of a plan to better manage stormwater and avoid flooding during major storms. As part of this project, we’re also building new fish habitat. Learn more here.

Join the Construction Liaison Committee

We’re looking for community representatives to join the Construction Liaison Committee (CLC) for this project.  CLC members are required to participate in regular meetings with the construction manager and project team. The frequency of these meetings will be determined based on need. The project team will provide construction updates and members are asked to provide feedback, advice and recommendations. CLC members will bring forward advice, issues and/or comments on behalf of the organization or community they represent, and communicate back to those groups. 

If you would like to apply to join the CLC, please email and tell us which group you represent. Please note that the CLC is designed to be a small, focused committee. Members will be selected based on their ability to liaise with the communities/constituencies and project team. 






The Bentway: construction update

Construction crews lay concrete for the skating trail for The Bentway project.

Much progress has already been made on the construction of The Bentway over the course of this summer. Substantial excavation work has taken place and more than 1,420 metres of utility piping has been installed. Above and below ground electrical conduits are now in place that will power lighting fixtures throughout the site.

With winter skating season fast approaching, we're excited to see the progress on the skate trail and icehouse. The 220-metre skating trail uses a refrigeration system: 13,746 metres of embedded piping, which is connected to the refrigeration system in the icehouse, carries coolant throughout the trail. When activated that coolant travels through the pipes to take the heat from the surface and distribute it to the refrigeration equipment. This means that ice production is less weather-dependent and visitors will be able to enjoy the trail throughout the winter. The foundation and walls of the icehouse are underway and surface concrete for the trail was poured in September.

For more information on The Bentway, visit




In Brief

Waterfront Transit “Reset” Phase 2 Study update
On September 18 and 26, the City of Toronto, in partnership with Waterfront Toronto and the Toronto Transit Commission, held a public meeting for the Waterfront Transit “Reset” Phase 2 Study. The public was presented with an update of the technical work completed during Phase 2, draft directions for the study area, and next steps. If you were unable to attend either public meeting, you can view the full presentation here. The City of Toronto’s staff report and study recommendations will be submitted at the November 29th Executive Committee Meeting.  

Building on sustainability – Villiers Island
Waterfront Toronto has always been committed to building communities that protect and enhance our natural environment. But did you know that we aim to make the future Villiers Island one of the first climate positive communities in Canada? In our latest blog post, we examine what it means for a neighbourhood to achieve “climate positive” status and the rigorous steps Waterfront Toronto is taking to ensure we achieve that goal. This includes the development of a new Innovation and Resilience Framework that will help us focus on climate change resilience, advance innovation and smart cities development. Learn more in our latest blog post

City skating rinks set to open in November
Lace your skates and experience the city this winter at one of its 52 outdoor ice rink locations! The Paul Quarrington Ice Rink at Sherbourne Common, Nathan Phillips Square and many of the other outdoor rinks are expected to open on November 26th. You can find all of the relevant information for the City of Toronto’s indoor and outdoor skating rinks here.







Waterfront For All Summit

On October 27 and 28, stakeholders and residents from across the waterfront will gather for the Waterfront For All Summit at the Globe and Mail Centre located at 451 King Street East.

Waterfront Toronto and other stakeholder organizations are partnering to discuss preserving and enhancing the Toronto waterfront as a unique natural and cultural resource for all of us to enjoy.

Tickets are $25 however, if you are unwaged, underemployed, or a student send an email to and you will receive a complimentary ticket – lunch will be served on October 28th. 




Here's the detailed agenda with speakers, Pecha Kucha presentations, and workshop details.

Click here to purchase your tickets.






Nature walks at Tommy Thompson Park

This fall, explore the urban wilderness like you've never experienced it before at Tommy Thompson Park! Join one of several guided family-friendly nature walks through this picturesque spot where you'll learn lots about the park, and what plants and animals are up to this time of year. Breathe in the fresh air as you explore natural park habitats against the stunning back-stop of Lake Ontario.

Nature walks are held Saturday mornings at 10:00 am and registration is free! 




For more information on dates, visit the Tommy Thompson Park website.






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