The City is co-creating the Toronto Island Park Master Plan with Indigenous rights holders, local communities and the general public! That means we’re collating thoughts, ideas and feedback in gradual stages and in a variety of ways to ensure your voices and ideas are reflected in the final Master Plan.

There are three phases in the engagement process, which will run from 2021 to 2022. We are in the second phase, called “Ideas to Concepts,” which runs until November 2021. In this phase, we are confirming the Vision, Values and Guiding Principles and developing Big Ideas and Concept Plans for Toronto Island Park. Summaries of the public engagements and what we have heard so far will be shared on Toronto Island Park Master Plan: In Progress.

We are excited to launch another phase of public engagement for the Toronto Island Park Master Plan! We heard thousands of ideas, from thousands of Torontonians from all walks of life about what they’d like to see in the future of the park. Join us to see how we think we can bring these ideas to life through the “Preliminary Demonstration Plan” and tell us what you think.

Demonstration Plan Survey

March 7 to 25, 2022

We’re excited to share how your ideas are shaping the future of Toronto Island Park! Take the survey to see the draft demonstration plan, learn more and share your thoughts.

Wayfinding Interactive Map

March 7 to 25, 2022

Wayfinding – how people find their way around and the tools they use – is part of the Master Plan project. The City has prepared this draft interactive map and we are looking for your feedback on three things:

  • The map’s overall accuracy
  • If there are any major omissions or errors on the map
  • If there are any destinations that should be prioritized

Deep Dives

Register for or join a Deep Dive.

Deep Dive workshops will go into further detail on specific topics from the Preliminary Demonstration Plan. We’ve heard from Torontonians and understand that diversity, inclusion, and a sense of belonging are fundamental to establishing a strong sense of community, safety and well-being. These themes and ideas are cross-cutting and fit into multiple topics, and we will share and discuss our ideas on how to elevate equity and belonging at Toronto Island Park across all of the upcoming Deep Dives.

Enhancing visitor experience

  • March 3, 2022
  • 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Discuss new ways to share information and plan a visit; increase diverse food options, incorporate new rental and retail opportunities; enhance uses on land and water; and other opportunities for play, art, and placemaking.

Supporting a dynamic environment

  • March 7, 2022
  • 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Discuss actions to support a dynamic environment; learn and discuss ideas to promote stewardship and resilience; improve access to natural areas; and share the importance of the natural history of the Island.

Improving access and connection

  • March 10, 2022
  • 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

We will share and seek feedback on a detailed list of actions to improve access and connection to and across the Island.

Elevating Equity and Belonging

  • March 24, 2022
  • 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

How can we uplift a sense of belonging for BIPOC, LGBTQ2s+, immigrant and refugee communities, and all equity deserving communities at the Toronto Islands? From one of the original sites of Caribana (1967), to the site of Canada’s first Gay Picnic (1971) the Island has profound meaning for the many communities that call Toronto home. Join us for a conversation on how to elevate these stories, equity and a sense of belonging in Toronto’s beloved Island park.

Indigenous Community Sharing Meeting

This will be an exclusive dialogue with First Nation, Métis and Inuit community members.

Island Stories is a collective storytelling project that captures the unique ways Torontonians from all walks of life experience Toronto Island.

We have heard from families who have lived on the Island for decades, visitors who have enjoyed concerts, ferry rides, and the island maze, individuals who have celebrated special moments on the island, and even stories of a lighthouse ghost! The campaign has provided an opportunity for reflection as we collectively create the Toronto Island Park Master Plan.

Share your story on the Island Stories page and inspire your thoughts for the future of the Island.

The Community Advisory Committee (CAC) is a group made of waterfront-based, city-wide, and Indigenous communities that have a mandate or interest that connects to the Toronto Island Master Plan. The CAC’s role is to work in collaboration with the City to help shape and provide feedback on the development of the Master Plan.

The City is striving to compose a CAC that includes:

  • Organizations interested in the Toronto Island Park Master Plan, including geography-specific interests (such as Toronto Island or Waterfront-based organizations) or topic-specific interests (such as environmental advocacy organizations). The City is also seeking applications from organizations representing equity-deserving groups such as LGBTQ2S+, women, young adults (18 to 29 years old), racialized communities, and people with disabilities.
  • Indigenous Peoples including representatives from First Nations, Métis Councils and Indigenous-led/Indigenous-serving agencies and organizations.

If your organization is interested in joining the CAC, complete the online application form.

Alt text: A diagram that shows six circles, with one circle in the middle, and five circles branching off it. The middle circle reads "Toronto Island Master Plan". The branching circles read the following: Environmental assessment requirements, technical expertise and advice priorities from other planning documents and City policies, public and community engagement and research, and Indigenous engagement.

Engagement is an important and valuable part of the Master Plan development. It makes up two of five key inputs that are influencing the Master Plan:

  • Indigenous Engagement, including rights-bearing First Nations, the Métis Community and urban Indigenous communities
  • Public and community engagement and research, including Island and waterfront communities and businesses, all Island and water users and others
  • Environmental Assessment requirements, including flood mitigation constraints
  • Technical expertise and advice, including City of Toronto and Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) staff and project consultants DTAH, Urban Metrics and FS Strategy
  • Priorities from other planning documents and City policies, including TOcore, the Marine Use Strategy and others

There are three phases in the engagement process. Each phase includes synchronous activities that engage multiple people at the same time (e.g. public meetings and workshops) and asynchronous activities that engage people individually in their own time (e.g. surveys and discussion guides).

From November 2020 to January 2021, the City completed several pre-engagement interviews and focus groups to get a preliminary understanding of the issues and opportunities that exist on Toronto Island. This feedback was used to guide the first phase of engagement.

Phase 1: Towards a Vision

March to April 2021

The first round of engagement will focus on what the future of the park could be. This phase will result in a new Vision as well as a set of Values and Guiding Principles.

Phase 2: Ideas to Concepts

May 2021 to March 2022

The second round of engagement will confirm the Vision, Values, and Guiding Principles and move onto developing Big Ideas and Concept Plans for Toronto Island Park.

Phase 3: Confirming a Path Forward

December 2021 to May 2022

The final phase, targeted for early 2022, will focus on putting the finishing touches on the draft Master Plan.


Summer 2022

A celebration and launch, scheduled for summer 2022, will mark the completion of the Master Plan.

The engagement program is designed to reach both targeted audiences (through Advisory and Placekeeping Groups) and broad audiences (all island users, including and especially those communities for whom Toronto Island Park has special significance, including LGBTQ2S+ communities, Black communities, newcomers, youth, seniors, and people with disabilities).

Indigenous Placekeeping and Engagement

The City is also committed to meaningful, Indigenous-led engagement. We are working closely with rights-bearing First Nations & Métis communities, Indigenous organizations, Urban Indigenous serving agencies, and grassroots First Nations, Métis and Inuit community members. The process includes both Indigenous placekeeping (discussions focused on how this Master Plan can help Toronto Island Park feel like an Indigenous place) and Indigenous engagement (discussions with Indigenous audiences – particularly First Nations, Métis, urban Indigenous organizations, 2-Spirit peoples, and Indigenous women and youth – about the broader Master Plan).

Guidance by elders is important to this work. Elders and traditional knowledge holders help us access valuable Indigenous traditional knowledge, providing teachings and guidance that help us to keep an Indigenous worldview front-of-mind.

The Indigenous Placekeeping and Advisory Groups include:

  • Indigenous Placemaking Advisory Circle (IPAC): The Indigenous Placemaking Advisory Council is a group convened by the City of Toronto’s Indigenous Affairs Office. It is comprised of 10-15 fifteen individuals representing a range of Indigenous organizations and perspectives.
  • Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation (MCFN): These discussions include representatives of the MCFN, Elders, knowledge keepers and others who connect about placekeeping on Toronto Island from the Michi Saagiig perspective.

Advisory Groups

The Advisory and Placekeeping Groups include communities with interests or mandates that are directly connected to the Toronto Island Park Master Plan and who can provide insight to guide the development of the Master Plan. These groups include:

  • Technical Advisory Committee: The Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) is comprised of staff representing 20-30 City divisions or other public agencies (Waterfront Toronto, Ports Toronto, and others). The TAC provides advice, technical guidance and helps connect the Master Plan to other concurrent, related initiatives.
  • Community Advisory Committee: A group made of waterfront-based, city-wide and Indigenous communities that have a mandate or interest that connects to the Toronto Island Master Plan.
  • Business Reference Groups: The City holds business reference meetings with Island and waterfront businesses to review and discuss key issues emerging from the Business Strategy. They meet as needed over the course of the process.

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