Scarborough Waterfront Project


Updated: May 6, 2019

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) is warning of risks due to landslides and shoreline erosion along the Scarborough Bluffs.

This erosion activity can create washout on the lakeside edge of the trail, compromising the edges of the paths and posing a risk to users. This washout is not always visible to users standing on the trail if water levels are high. Under such conditions, the path edge — like the edge of the Bluffs — can slide at any moment.

TRCA will be on site over the next several weeks, clearing any landslides that have occurred and providing temporary solutions to address erosion in hazard areas.

TRCA cautions members of the public who walk along or up/down the Scarborough Bluffs and waterfront areas. Signs have been posted in areas where access is temporarily being prohibited for your safety and due to construction activity.




The Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) has completed their Ministry Review of the Scarborough Waterfront Project Final EA. The Ministry Review was released on February 22, 2019 with the regulated five-week public comment period ending on March 29, 2019. The results of the comment period are currently under review by the MECP.


In the coming weeks, the Ministry Review will be provided to the Minister for his review and decision. A decision is anticipated by late Summer 2019.


Updates will continue to be posted here on the website as the Final Scarborough Waterfront Project EA Report moves through the Ministry Review process.




The Scarborough Bluffs

The Scarborough Bluffs are an iconic natural wonder located at the doorstep of Canada’s largest city.  Towering above Toronto’s Lake Ontario waterfront they offer strikingly beautiful natural greenspaces and support increasingly rare habitats for a wide variety of of fish, birds and other wildlife.

The Challenge

As experience has shown in cities worldwide, nature in the city needs to be effectively managed or it will decline.

For the Bluffs, that means balancing the realities of being located among millions of people, building and maintaining infrastructure that offers a high quality of life to all, protecting natural features and wildlife habitats, and ensuring that future generations will be able to enjoy the Bluffs and the Scarborough waterfront as well.

The Vision

As Toronto continues to grow and evolve, the Scarborough Waterfront is a place for safe and enjoyable waterfront experiences accessible to all who want them.

These experiences are supported by a system of greenspaces along the Lake Ontario shoreline that respects and protects the significant natural and cultural features of the Bluffs, and enhances wildlife habitats on the shore and in the water.

Environmental Assessment

The Scarborough Waterfront Project is an Individual Environmental Assessment.

An Environmental Assessment is a study, which assesses the potential environmental effects (positive or negative) of a proposal.

Key components of an environmental assessment include:

  • consultation with government agencies and the public
  • consideration and evaluation of alternatives
  • management of potential environmental effects