Scarborough Waterfront Project

The 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.

News and Information

Scarborough Waterfront August 4, 2016: Surveying Species and Spaces for the Scarborough Waterfront Project
TRCA’s Environmental Monitoring and Data Management team provides us with valuable baseline data regarding fish, wildlife, vegetation communities, habitat features and ecological functions.
Bank Swallows July 28, 2016: Scarborough Waterfront Project Update
Learn how we’re incorporating accessibility into trail design, and how we plan to preserve the habitat of the threatened bank swallow.
SWP_PIC_2_BUTTON June 28, 2016: Public Information Centre #2
Thank you to everyone who provided comments following the 2nd public meeting. Learn what next steps we’ll be taking now.

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

There have been two phases to the Scarborough Waterfront Project, the first being the Terms of Reference phase (completed) and the second is the Environmental Assessment phase (currently underway).