GSR at a glance

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. A project summery and Q&A is available.

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

Transition planning is well underway in consultation with Seaton House clients and community partners, and construction will not proceed until the estimated $50 million plan is in place.

Project milestones

What’s next

  • City is negotiating with Infrastructure Ontario to lead the procurement process through a public-private partnership (known as Alternative Financing and Procurement)
  • Staff report to Executive Committee in spring 2018
  • Montgomery Sisam Architects with Hilditch Architect are developing the PSOS, expected to be completed by mid-2018
  • Construction to start as early as June 2020
  • Shelter, Support and Housing Administration staff have Council authority to implement the Seaton House transition plan. The objective is to have Seaton House vacant by December 2019
    • 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

GSR funding

  • Estimated cost of the project including Seaton House Transition is $562 million
  • GSR funding approved through the 2018 Capital Budget on February 12, 2018

Estimated timeline

Estimated timeline for GSR project: 2017-2019 Implement the Seaton House Transition Plan; 2017-2018 Develop the Project Specific Output Specifications (PSOS) 1 year process; 2018 Funding approved; 2018-2020 Procurement; 2020-2023 Construction of new George Street facility


Presentation to Stakeholder Reference Group, June 22, 2017

GSR Architectural Renderings, June 2015

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.