City Divisions won numerous awards in 2021. Learn more about their achievements.

Division: Toronto Water & Engineering & Construction Services

On October 20, 2022, the City of Toronto and the project contractors (Robbins, Hatch, Southland Holdings, Astaldi) were awarded the 2021 Canadian Innovation Initiative Award for the Ashbridges Bay Treatment Plant (ABTP) Outfall Tunnel Project, which is part of a larger Don River and Central Waterfront project. When the pandemic impacted the ability to travel internationally, this affected the team’s ability to test the tunnel boring machine (TBM) in person. They innovated by conducting the first-ever virtual TBM factory test, which was a great success. Learn more

Division: Toronto Water

In 2021, Toronto Water won the Ontario Water Works Association’s Climate Action Award for the Wastewater Energy Transfer (WET) Project, which recognizes and acknowledges innovations in infrastructure that adapt to climate change (resilient infrastructure) or reduce climate impacts by significantly decreasing greenhouse gas emissions (mitigation). Toronto’s first WET project by Noventa Energy Partners is in partnership with Toronto Western Hospital, using thermal energy from wastewater flowing through the sewer to supply up to 90 per cent of the campus’ heating and cooling needs, reducing the site’s direct greenhouse gas emissions by about 8,400 metric tonnes each year.

Division: Toronto Water

In 2021, Toronto Water won the Ontario Public Works Association award for Public Works Project of the Year for the Lindylou Emergency Sewer Repairs. Toronto Water’s Capital Works Delivery team took on this project to rapidly coordinate emergency repair work on storm and sanitary sewers located in Lindylou Park. This infrastructure was damaged and at risk of possible failure, and the team successfully coordinated the repair seeing sewers repaired two weeks ahead of schedule. Learn more about the award

Division: Accounting Services

Recognized by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) for going beyond the minimum requirements of generally accepted accounting principles, as set by the Public Sector Accounting Board of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants, to prepare annual financial reports that evidence the spirit of transparency and full disclosure.

Division: City Planning

The City of Toronto’s City Planning division, Graphics and Visualization unit won the award for Consortech Awards of FME Excellence in Best Automation Project. This automation project was launched to improve the quality and production of visual material related to the development application process for community council. It also aligns with the City’s Strategic priority of modernization, technology innovation and paperless transactions.

Division: Solid Waste Management Services

The City of Toronto won two Bronze Awards. One was in the Social Media & Online Strategy category for the Love Food Hate Waste Campaign and the other was in the Campaign, Large Municipality category for the Litter Emoji Campaign.

Division: Solid Waste Management Services

Call2Recycle selected the City of Toronto to receive their 2021 Leader in Sustainability Award, in recognition of the impressive collection of 65,055 kilograms of used batteries by Solid Waste Management Services, Transfer Station & Landfill Operations.

Division: Finance and Treasury Services Division

This award was presented to the City of Toronto by Environmental Finance for Social Bond of the Year – Local Authority/Municipality. This award recognizes the City’s leadership in the green, social and sustainability bond and loan market.

Divisions: Finance and Treasury Services and Financial Planning

This award was presented to the City of Toronto by the Government Finance Officers Association for the 2021 Budget presentation.

Division: Seniors Services and Long-Term Care

The Institute for Safe Medication Practices Canada (ISMP Canada) is a national, independent, and not-for profit organization committed to the advancement of medication safety in all health care settings. Bendale Acres Long-Term Care Home was selected as one of 10 Champion Homes for its efforts to improve medication safety.

Division: Seniors Services and Long-Term Care

This was awarded to Seniors Services and Long-Term Care for its program, Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) Innovative Practices – COVID-19 and Beyond.