Learn more about what residents told us about the early streetscape design concepts at the November 27, 2019 Public Realm Open House.

A Council-approved project, George Street Revitalization (GSR) will see the reinvention of the northernmost block of George Street and transform Seaton House men’s shelter into a world-class facility providing specialized care for vulnerable populations, including a long-term care home, a transitional living facility, an emergency shelter, affordable housing, and a community hub serving residents of both the site and the local neighbourhood. GSR will be the catalyst for a more safe and vibrant community for all in the heart of the historic Garden District. GSR is linked to the Seniors Services and Long-Term Care Capital Plan. The Capital Renewal Plan is an exciting opportunity to modernize and improve the design of homes while advancing the vision to be leaders in excellence and ground-breaking services for healthy aging.

City-Building Project

City Council unanimously approved George Street Revitalization in principle in summer 2013. Program plans are being developed with the input of many stakeholders. To date, these plans include:

  • A long-term care home with 378 beds
  • A 100-bed emergency shelter for men
  • An innovative 130-bed “transitional living” service for men and women who need more care than traditional supportive housing can provide, but less than what a long-term care home involves
  • A service hub for program clients as well as members of the surrounding community
  • 21 units of affordable housing with supports

Seaton House Transition Plan

As part of the GSR project, Seaton House will transition from a large institutionalized setting into a world-class facility providing specialized care for vulnerable populations. The Seaton House Transition Plan will help coordinate the movement of people, programs and services currently located at 339 George Street to alternate locations while the redevelopment of the George Street site takes place. The plan involves the relocation of 400 shelter beds to five new program spaces, as well as housing current Seaton House clients with the assistance of Housing Allowances and Supportive Housing units with Habitat Services and other providers.

The sites secured are:

Seaton House is expected to be fully decommissioned by May 2021.

Project Milestones

What’s Next

  • Procurement: Infrastructure Ontario will lead the procurement process through a public-private partnership (known as Alternative Financing and Procurement)
  • Seaton House Transition:
    • Health services review in partnership with Toronto Centre Local Health Integration Network; client assessments for housing support needs; site searches for new shelter sites that are needed
    • Staff have negotiated with Habitat Services for the purchase of service for up to 150 units of housing with access to on-site supports

Key Project Dates

  • Procurement process begins in 2019 with an RFQ release Q1, 2020
  • An RFP release Q3, 2020
  • Q2, 2021 Seaton House vacated and decommissioned
  • Construction contract award Q3, 2021
  • Expected phased move-in start Q4, 2024
  • Expected construction completion Q1, 2025

Please note timelines are estimated based on current information and may change.


  • Estimated capital cost of the project is $583 million: $9.4 million for land, $70.1 million for the Seaton House transition and $503.9 for pre-construction and construction costs.
  • In February 2018, Council approved funding for the GSR project through the 2018 Capital Budget and Plan


Get to Know Seaton House

Original Seaton House, 1958


Then and Now: Seaton House and George Street

A brief history of Seaton House and George Street




Current day Seaton House


Seaton House by the Numbers

Seaton House is the largest and one of the oldest homeless facilities in Toronto. Find out more.