Scarborough Waterfront Project



Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) has completed the Scarborough Waterfront Project Environmental Assessment report. On June 15, 2018 TRCA submitted the Environmental Assessment to the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) for review and decision. 

The public and agency comment period on the Environmental Assessment report ended on August 3, 2018. Minor edits to some chapters and appendices have been made in response to the technical agency review. In the coming weeks, the MECP will prepare and publish the Ministry Review, which is anticipated to be made available for public review and comment in early 2019.


Updates will continue to be posted here on the website as the Scarborough Waterfront Project Environmental Assessment 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