The City of Toronto, in consultation with Infrastructure Ontario (IO), have prequalified two teams to design, build and finance the George Street Revitalization project. See details below.
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 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
In preparation for the project, a Seaton House Transition Plan has been developed to co-ordinate the movement of people, programs and services currently located at 339 George St. to alternate locations while the redevelopment of the George Street site takes place. The plan involves relocating current Seaton House clients to new program spaces, as well as housing with the assistance of Housing Allowances and Supportive Housing units with Habitat Services and other third-party service providers and agencies. Two transition sites are already operational: Scarborough Village Residence located at 3306 Kingston Road and Junction Place located at 731 Runnymede Road. A third site located at 705 Progress Avenue is slated to open in early 2021. Seaton House is expected to be fully decommissioned by July 2022.
- May 27, 2021, City of Toronto, in consultation with Infrastructure Ontario (IO), releases shortlist of prequalified bidders
- November 4, 2020, City of Toronto and Infrastructure Ontario (IO) issues a Request for Qualification (RFQ) for the George Street Revitalization project
- July 23, 2018, Council adopts a Member’s Motion Authorization to Release Section 37 funds from Various Developments for Community Engagement and the Design of Streetscape Improvements on George Street between Gerrard Street East and Shuter Street
- June 26, 2018, City Council adopts the staff report George Street Revitalization – Streetscaping Plan, adopted by Toronto and East York Community Council on June 6
- April 25, 2018, City Council adopts the staff report George Street Revitalization Procurement Strategy, adopted by Executive Committee on April 17
- February 12, 2018, City Council approves project funding, for details about the approved GSR budget, refer to the SSHA Capital Budget Notes
- November 7, 2017, City Council adopts the Official Plan and Zoning Amendment Applications and the Alterations and Demolition of Heritage Properties reports, and on March 26, 2018, City Council adopts a Member’s Motion Correcting Floor Space Index Permissions in regard to the 295-349 George Street Applications
- December 13, 2016, City Council approves report for 18-month long consultation contracts for Infrastructure Ontario, PRISM Partners and Montgomery Sisam Architects with Hilditch Architect
- July 20, 2017, community members reviewed the latest GSR project information panels, asked questions of project staff and provided feedback. Here is a summary
- July 12, 2016, Council approves report on Alternative Financing & Procurement (AFP) via Design-Build-Finance (DBF) model
- November 3, 2015, City Council adopted the project scope and an analysis of procurement options for GSR report
- June 16, 2015, Community Open House held at Salvation Army Harbour Light Centre, 160 Jarvis Street
- February 2015, Montgomery Sisam Architects Inc. with Hilditch Architect chosen for the GSR project
- August 2014, Council approval of the Downtown East Revitalization Action Plan and Planning Study OPA Status Report
- September 2014, PRISM Partners Inc., project management consultants come onboard
- April 2014, Stakeholder Reference Group begins
- April 2014, Project Vision and Mission are approved
- July 2013, Council approves the project in principle
Key Project Dates
- Request for Qualifications (RFQ): November 4, 2020
- Shortlist of Prequalified Bidders: May 27, 2021
- An RFP release Q3, 2021
- Q3, 2022 Seaton House vacated and decommissioned
- Construction contract award Q4, 2022
- Expected construction completion Q1, 2026
Please note timelines are estimated based on current information and may change (timelines updated May 2021).
The City of Toronto, in consultation with Infrastructure Ontario (IO), have prequalified two teams to design, build and finance the George Street Revitalization project.
Teams were prequalified based on criteria identified in a request for qualifications process that began in November 2020. Selection criteria included design and construction capability, experience, qualified personnel and financial capacity to undertake a project of this size and scope.
The prequalified teams and their prime team members are:
EllisDon Infrastructure Healthcare
- Applicant Leads: EllisDon Corporation
- Design Team: Adamson Associates Architects(33.33%), G Architects (33.33%), Parkin Architects Ltd (33.33%)
- Construction Team: EllisDon Corporation
- Financial Advisor: EllisDon Capital Inc.
- Applicant Lead: PCL
- Design Team: Diamond Schmitt Architects(50%), IBI Group Architects (50%)
- Construction Team: PCL
- Financial Advisor: TD Securities Inc.
A request for proposals (RFP) is expected to be issued to these prequalified teams in the coming months. Once submissions are received, IO and the City of Toronto will evaluate the proposals, select a preferred team and then negotiate a final contract. A fairness monitor will oversee the entire procurement process.
- The project, led by the City of Toronto, is being delivered through Infrastructure Ontario’s design, build and finance (DBF) Public-Private Partnership (P3) model, which transfers appropriate risks associated with design, construction and financing of the project to the private sector.
- 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