(sometimes styled as WATERFRONToronto), is an
organization administering revitalization projects along the Toronto
waterfront in Canada. Formed as a partnership of three levels of
Canadian government in 2001, the organization is administering several
blocks of land redevelopment projects surrounding
various other initiatives to promote the revitalization of the area,
including public transit, housing developments, brownfield
rehabilitation, possible removal of the
Martin Goodman Trail
Martin Goodman Trail
and lakeshore improvements and
naturalization of the Don River. Actual development of the projects is
done by other agencies, primarily private corporations. The projects
include a series of wavedeck walkways and gathering places designed by
3.1 Sustainable Design
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The 'Waterfront Revitalization Task Force', a task force of the City
of Toronto, the Government of
Canada and the
Province of Ontario
Province of Ontario was
established in November 1999 to study the future of the Toronto
waterfront. The task force, headed by financier Robert Fung,
reported in March 2000. It estimated the total cost of revitalization
at $5 billion in public investment and a further $7 billion in private
sector investment. It proposed the following general
recommendations for the Toronto waterfront:
Make the water's edge an accessible, public amenity from Etobicoke
through the Central Waterfront to Scarborough;
Remove the elevated
Gardiner Expressway in the Central Waterfront and
provide a new road and transportation network to better serve
Toronto's downtown and revitalized waterfront;
Create in the core of the City major new neighbourhoods for working,
living and recreation, resulting in a substantial increase in the
City's stock of affordable and market housing;
Create a "convergence community" that crosses all disciplines of
creativity to take advantage of Toronto's unique position in New
Media, communications, music, biotechnology, software and high
Provide a clean environment by improving water quality, cleaning up
contaminated soils, eliminating the risk of flooding and naturalizing
establishment of a corporation separate from government to oversee the
Source: Our Toronto Waterfront: Gateway to the New
Canada (PDF). City
of Toronto. 2000. p. 4.
The Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Corporation was formed in 2001
to oversee and lead waterfront renewal. It has subsequently been
renamed "Waterfront Toronto." The agency is jointly funded by the
three levels of government. The agency is overseen at the federal
level by the Department of Finance, at the provincial level by the
Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure, and at the municipal level by
the Waterfront Project Secretariat.
The organization is directed to support the following policy
objectives of the three levels of government:
Reducing urban sprawl
Developing sustainable communities particularly in the area of energy
Redeveloping brownfields & cleaning up contaminated land
Building more affordable housing
Increasing economic competitiveness
Creating more parks and public spaces
Source: "Projects". Waterfront Toronto. Retrieved 2009-02-10.
The CEO is John W. Campbell, formerly a chief executive at Brookfield
The organization is governed by a board of directors:
Mark Wilson (chair) - is an executive with IBM.
William Charnetski - is an executive with AstraZeneca
Jack Cockwell - is an executive with Brookfield Asset Management Inc.
Sue Dabarno - is an executive with Richardson Partners Financial.
Kevin Garland - is an executive with the National Ballet of Canada
Janet Graham - is an independent businesswoman, operating IQ Alliance
David Johnson - former member of Ontario Parliament, former provincial
Ross McGregor - former executive of Toronto Region Research Alliance.
David Miller - former Mayor of Toronto.
John Sandusky - retired chartered accountant and former executive of
Source: "Board of Directors' Bios". WATERFRONToronto. Retrieved
Corus Quay, originally named First Waterfront Place, is an 8 storey
commercial office tower located on a 2.5-acre (10,000 m2) Toronto
waterfront site. Corus Quay will be Corus Entertainment's new Toronto
headquarters, consolidating its 10 locations and 1,200 employees into
The building is a collaboration between the Toronto Waterfront
Revitalization Corporation and the Toronto Economic Development
East Bayfront Precinct, where the building is
located, is intended to be an important public destination as well as
provide a range of housing and commercial opportunities.
Underpass Park, inaugurated on August 2, 2012, is the 18th public
space built or revitalized by
Waterfront Toronto since 2005.
The development achieved LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental
Design) Gold status for the project's environmental sustainability.
The LEED rating system recognizes leading-edge buildings that
incorporate design, construction and operational practices that
combine healthy, high-quality and high-performance advantages with
reduced environmental impacts.
In addition, Corus Quay will boast several green roof areas, a massive
five-storey green living wall, 100 bicycle parking spaces, and public
art installations created by award-winning U.K. artists, Troika.
The Don River
West Don Lands
^ Barber, John (February 17, 2000). "Plan sees 'world best'
waterfront". The Globe and Mail. p. A19.
^ Our Toronto Waterfront: Gateway to the New
Canada (PDF). City of
Toronto. 2000. p. 5.
^ "WATERFRONToronto - About Us". Waterfront Toronto. Retrieved
^ "Government". WATERFRONToronto. Retrieved 2009-02-10.
^ a b - Newswire
^ Alcoba, Natalie (2 August 2012). "Waterfront 'eyesore' comes to life
Underpass Park officially opens". National Post. Retrieved 25
^ - Canadian Green Building Council
Wikimedia Commons has media related to Toronto Waterfront.
WATERFRONToronto Official web site
"Toronto Waterfront - The Waterfront Trail" (Google Maps). 2007.