Help us co-create the Toronto Island Park Master Plan! Pin your thoughts on an interactive map and take the online Visioning Survey by April 9, 2021, to share your Toronto Island experience.

The City is co-creating the Toronto Island Park Master Plan with Indigenous rightsholders, 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. The first phase, called “Towards a Vision,” takes place from now until April 2021. In this phase, we want you to help us explore what the future of Toronto Island Park could look like. There are many ways to participate. In consideration of COVID-19 Public Health guidelines and restrictions, no in-person activities will be offered at this time.

This image is a screenshot of an interactive map of Toronto Island. A red dashed line outlines the study area, which includes all of Toronto Island Park and does not include the island’s residential areas, the service area around the water treatment plant, or Billy Bishop Airport. Three types of pins are randomly placed over the map: a blue pin with a thumbs up icon, a yellow pin with a light bulb icon and a red pin with an exclamation mark.
Example of the interactive Toronto Island map

Tell us what you like and don’t like about Toronto Island Park and where you see specific challenges and opportunities by placing pins and comments on an interactive map. Read what others have said about the park and join the discussion! This activity closes on April 9, 2021.

Share your experiences of Toronto Island Park (before the COVID-19 pandemic) and how you would like to experience it in the future in an online Visioning Survey. The questions are split into six sections and will take approximately 10 to 20 minutes to complete. The survey closes on April 9, 2021.

Register to join a virtual forum to learn more about Indigenous placekeeping and the Toronto Islands on April 28, at 6:30 p.m.

The event will focus on sharing insights and teachings on Indigenous placekeeping, especially in the context of the Toronto Island Park Master Plan. It will include an opening invocation and thanksgiving, an Elders and knowledge-holders panel and presentations on perspectives of Indigenous placekeeping.

Share your thoughts, ideas and experiences in an engagement toolkit.

To request a printed toolkit and prepaid return envelope:

 

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 will influence 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 will include 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 October to December, 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 will be used to guide the first phase of engagement.

Phase One: Towards a Vision

February 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 Two: Testing Ideas

April to November 2021

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

Phase Three: 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.

Celebration

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 aiming to work 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 will include 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 will 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 will include representatives of the MCFN, Elders, knowledge keepers and others who will 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 will be comprised of staff representing 20-30 City divisions or other public agencies (Waterfront Toronto, Ports Toronto, and others). The TAC will provide advice, technical guidance, and help 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 will convene business reference meetings with Island and waterfront businesses to review and discuss key issues emerging from the Business Strategy. They will meet as needed over the course of the process.

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