Aquatic Habitat Toronto

Aquatic Habitat Toronto (AHT) represents a consensus-based partnership between agencies with a vested interest in the improvement of aquatic habitat on the Toronto Waterfront.

Partners include Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, and Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) in consultation with City of Toronto.

Aquatic Habitat Toronto is responsible for the implementation of the Toronto Waterfront Aquatic Habitat Restoration Strategy (TWAHRS).


TRCA monitoring team members electrofishing at Toronto Island Innovation at the Islands: Controlling Erosion at Gibraltar Point (9/10/2018) - Since spring 2018, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority's (TRCA) Environmental Monitoring and Data Management team, in partnership with Fisheries and Oceans Canada, has been monitoring fish communities and turbidity conditions… ...


The goal of the Toronto Waterfront Aquatic Habitat Restoration Strategy: To develop and achieve consensus on an aquatic habitat restoration strategy that will maximize the potential ecological integrity of the Toronto waterfront.

The TWAHRS Strategy strives to create a more sustainable waterfront by using an ecosystem approach to increase ecological integrity, to provide suitable conditions for the maintenance of self-sustaining aquatic communities, and to improve ecological connectivity.

The Strategy was developed using a consultative, consensus-based approach involving stakeholders and the general public. It emphasizes conservation design based on native and naturalized species, and takes into account human uses of the shoreline and nearshore waters

TWAHRS contains a wealth of information on the current conditions of the Toronto Waterfront and provides design, suggestions for different types of habitat works in different environments. The strategy is useful for proponents involved in aquatic habitat restoration on the Toronto waterfront.

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Aquatic Habitat Toronto is governed by an Executive Committee consisting of senior management from the partner agencies.

Aquatic Habitat Toronto organizational chart

The Executive Committee membership includes senior management from City of Toronto, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Ports Toronto, Toronto and Region Conservation, and Waterfront Toronto.  This support is critical to the success of Aquatic Habitat Toronto.

members of the Aquatic Habitat Toronto executive pose for a photograph


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