The City of Toronto is committed to revitalizing George Street for vulnerable people and the broader community by building a new facility that will:
From walk-in services to end-of-life care, addressing individuals’ complex and overlapping needs, this new facility is/will be designed to serve the entire community by:
By creating safe spaces for people to gather and receive services, George Street Revitalization (GSR) will be the catalyst for a more vibrant community for all in the heart of the historic Garden District
The Long-Term Care Capital Renewal Plan (LTC) is an exciting opportunity to modernize and improve the design of long-term care homes while advancing the vision to be a centre of excellence in seniors’ services and long-term care. More than just beds; gardens, gathering and program spaces are included to provide safe and diverse quality of life.
The LTC home will also reflect the social and physical environments of home, provide enrichment spaces and programs, and incorporate technology, safety in design, and the latest in Infection Prevention and Control.
Recently, the City has experienced an unprecedented increase in shelter use and people experiencing housing loss.
The Transitional Shelter is a unique program that offers enhanced care and medical supports to people experiencing homelessness who have more complex health needs and are using the shelter system. This program allows people to live in a safe and supportive environment while building the skills required to access appropriate housing when it is available.
With 100 resident beds available to all genders, the Transitional Shelter is managed by the City and supported by community partners.
Built in 1959 as an office building, Seaton House was not constructed to serve as a long-term shelter and has reached the end of its service life. It is one of the largest shelters in North America.
While emergency shelter services are still required, they are needed throughout the city, not only in one large, centralized location. For this reason the City has expanded its shelter network, providing safe shelter and support at more than 100 locations across the city.
The new Seaton House emergency shelter will be smaller, following best practices and shelter design guidelines. It will feature 80 beds, which will allow for better privacy and access to wrap-around support services.
Many precariously housed and vulnerable populations live in the Downtown East. Building on work on the Downtown East Action Plan, the Community Hub will be an accessible and inclusive community service space for people to come together to build community, with integrated services by some of the City’s best service providers for mental health and social supports, and in partnership with the residents and the communities being served.
Envisioned with innovative pivot spaces in mind, the Community Hub will be a facility designed to resist climate shocks, and will stay powered and operational to respond to the changing needs of a local emergency or natural disaster. In crisis, the Hub will be able to adapt programming to offer multiple services to respond appropriately, and can act as a safe location for refuge, commercial food production, emergency distribution centre, and power generator to anticipated community needs.
The City is being proactive in requesting an update to the Official Plan and Zoning by-law amendments, recently approved, after a comprehensive review in 2018. These changes will facilitate an innovative facility that is future-proof in serving this community with dignity and respect.
It is important to note the revised application submitted in 2022 does not increase client and resident beds nor is it an expansion of services. The application maintains the general intent and vision of the GSR and incorporates best practices and City of Toronto initiatives in design. With the revised application we have an opportunity to:
The City of Toronto and Infrastructure Ontario (IO) issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) in August 2022 for the George Street Revitalization project, which will reinvent the northernmost block of George Street (between Dundas Street East and Gerrard Street East).
Two teams (EllisDon Infrastructure Healthcare and Bird Construction Community Partners) were prequalified based on criteria identified in a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) that was issued 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. A successful bidder is expected to be announced in Q1 2024.
George Street Revitalization (GSR) continues to rely on stakeholder input to inform and shape this exciting city-building project that will see a long-term care facility, an emergency shelter for men, an all gender transitional shelter and a community-oriented service hub take shape.
Learn more about GSR Stakeholder Reference Group