Archives & Resources

Related Projects & Policies

Central Waterfront Secondary Plan (CWSP): Adopted as an amendment to the former City of Toronto Official Plan in 2003, the CWSP provides policy direction to revitalize the Central Waterfront area, including the West Don Lands and Port Lands. To read more about the City of Toronto CWSP, click here.

Special Policy Area (SPA): The Ontario’s Provincial Policy Statement (PPS) (2014) sets out the government’s vision for achieving livable and resilient communities. To this end, the PPS restricts the development and alteration of existing sites within areas prone to flooding. However, as defined in section 3.1.4 of the PPS, it does make an exception to developmental restrictions where SPAs have been approved, such those applied to historic communities (e.g. downtown centres) that developed prior to the establishment of flood plain policies. Prior to the construction of the flood protection landform, approximately 172 hectares of land west of the Don River were under this SPA designation. To learn more about SPA designation and flood plain management, visit the TRCAs Living City Policies here.

The Don Mouth Naturalization and Flood Protection Environmental AssessmentThe overarching purpose of the DMNP EA is to addresses the 290 hectares of urban land east and south of the Don River that are currently still subject to flood risk. Ultimately, the DMNP will transform the existing mouth of the Don River, including the Keating Channel, into a healthier, more naturalized river outlet, while simultaneously providing critical flood protection to and unlocking the developmental potential of 240 ha of Toronto’s eastern waterfront. Read more about the Don Mouth Project here.

Don River and Central Waterfront Environmental AssessmentIn 2006, Toronto City Council approved the start of the Don River and Central Waterfront Project, a Class EA study intended to look for solutions to improve water quality conditions in the Don River and Toronto’s inner harbour. Recommendations from the Class EA include installing a series of integrated underground tunnels and storage shafts that will capture, store, and transport stormwater and combined sewer overflows to a new wet weather flow treatment plant. The construction of underground storage tanks to store peak sanitary flows and to capture combined sewer overflows from remote outfall locations is also proposed, along with a number of other recommendations to better manage wet weather events. Click here to visit the City of Toronto’s website on the DRCW.

Gardiner Expressway and Lakeshore Boulevard East Reconfiguration Environmental Assessment: The City of Toronto and Waterfront Toronto have completed the environmental assessment for the Gardiner East EA, which received approval by the MOECC on January 27th, 2017. In order to address infrastructure issues related to the aging Gardiner Expressway and enhance connectivity between the City and its Waterfront, the Gardiner East EA will determine the future of the expressway and Lakeshore Boulevard East Corridor, which includes the area bounded by Jarvis Street to just east of the DVP. Visit the Gardiner EA website here.

Port Lands and South of Eastern Transportation and Servicing Master Plan: Led by the City of Toronto and Waterfront Toronto, the TSMP EA was undertaken as an integrative planning approach in conjunction with the Port Lands Planning Framework and the South of Eastern Strategic Direction. Coordinated closely with several other planning initiatives, including the Villiers Island Precinct Plan, the DMNP EA, and LDLMP EA, the overarching purpose of the TSMP EA is to support the evolution of the Port Lands and South of Eastern area through the identification of the preferred transportation and municipal servicing solutions. This includes street support elements such as sidewalks, planting areas, and cycling facilities as well as the design and placement of water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure.

Pictures & Videos

As Toronto’s downtown experiences continued population growth, the Lower Don Lands area remains the largest significant undeveloped space in the heart of Canada’s biggest city. Formerly the largest natural wetland in Lake Ontario and now primarily an underutilized industrial area, the Lower Don has the potential to transform Toronto and support the city’s competitiveness.

On July 10th, our government partners, stakeholders, media came together for an official ribbon cutting at Corktown Common. Designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh and Associates, this stunning park is innovatively positioned atop the area’s massive flood protection landform, leveraging essential public infrastructure to deliver a magnificent public amenity for the West Don Lands community and the City of Toronto.

To more photographs, please visit the Waterfront Toronto website here.

Past Newsletter Archive

Associated Documents

Save All


Lower Don River West News Remedial Flood Protection Project, January 2004


Lower Don River West News Remedial Flood Protection Project, July 2008


Lower Don River West News Remedial Flood Protection Project, June 2007


Lower Don River West News Remedial Flood Protection Project, November 2006


Lower Don River West News Remedial Flood Protection Project, January 2005