Black Creek SNAP

Black Creek SNAP has been developed with local residents to help transform this northwest Toronto neighbourhood into a healthy, green and self-sufficient community.

About the Black Creek SNAP Community

The Black Creek neighbourhood is home to a diverse population of about 25,000 residents. It is made up of high-rise residential buildings and single-family homes, as well as commercial and institutional developments.

Much of the neighbourhood was built in the 1960s and 1970s, and does not meet current energy and water conservation standards. Income, safety and food security are top-of-mind concerns for residents of the community, which is located in one of Toronto’s Priority Improvement Neighbourhoods.

aerial view of Black Creek SNAP neighbourhood

The neighbourhood’s main feature is Black Creek, a tributary to Humber River that flows along its eastern boundary. The valley of the river includes a recreational trail and provides opportunities for nature viewing and a quiet place for reflection.

Unfortunately, the hard surfaces of local roofs, roads and parking lots and the lack of stormwater controls contribute to degraded water quality and increased erosion in Black Creek, as well as localized basement flooding.

About the Plan

What are the goals of the Black Creek SNAP Action Plan?

  • To find ways to better manage rainwater to reduce basement flooding and restore more natural flows and stream conditions in Black Creek.
  • To increase tree cover in order to provide shade and shelter and improve local air quality.
  • To help residents and businesses save money by conserving energy or generating renewable energy.
  • To encourage water conservation and the use of rain water for outdoor irrigation.
  • To promote the expansion of urban agriculture to provide residents with easy access to healthy, local, organic produce.
  • To enhance natural areas such as local parks for the community to enjoy.

Local residents take part in the Black Creek SNAP San Romanoway Towers revival project

The SNAP recommendations apply to public spaces (such as parks and community centres), private homes, high-rise towers and businesses.

As we evaluated options for developing the plan, we considered what impact the actions would have on local priorities, such as green job creation, safety, health and access to healthy foods.

Projects

Local Resources

FOOD BY WARD: Food Assets and Opportunities in Toronto

Do you live or work in this neighbourhood? Get involved!

Want to be a part of neighbourhood change? It’s a SNAP! There are many Black Creek SNAP residents already growing vegetables, collecting rain water for their gardens, planting trees, saving energy (and money!) and engaging in other sustainable practices.

Take part in Black Creek SNAP initiatives to meet your neighbours, get started on some of these actions, and share the lessons you’ve learned.

Got questions? Contact:

Cathrin Winkelmann
Project Manager, SNAP Projects
416-661-6600 x 5795
cwinkelmann@trca.on.ca

Adriana Gomez
Senior Project Manager, Sustainable Neighbourhoods
416-661-6600 x 5708
agomez@trca.on.ca

 


In Partnership With

city_of_toronto_logo_snap Metcalf Foundation logo black_creek_pioneer_village_logo_square
Jane Finch Community and Family Centre logo Black Creek Community Farm logo