News Release
June 17, 2015

The City of Toronto is conducting a study that looks at how downtown Toronto should grow in the decades ahead, including the physical and social infrastructure that will be needed to keep it a great place to live, work, learn and play.

“TOcore is the first comprehensive review of planning, infrastructure and livability in downtown in more than 40 years,” said Jennifer Keesmaat, Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning. “Planning properly in the core of the city is critical to the viability of the entire city and region.”

TOcore is a three-year inter-divisional study, led by the City Planning Division, and includes Parks, Forestry and Recreation; Economic Development and Culture; Transportation Services; Toronto Water; Social Development, Finance and Administration, Children’s Services, the Environment & Energy Office, Shelter, Support & Housing, Toronto Public Health, and Toronto Employment & Social Services, in addition to the many agencies and organizations that serve and support the downtown core.

Members of the public are invited to join the conversation and provide City staff with their input on this study. Three community consultation meetings, organized by ward, are scheduled this month. Each meeting will begin with an open house at 6:30 p.m., followed by a presentation at 7 p.m., and will end with comments and a question period where the public can interact with City staff around a series of information boards. Dates and locations are as follows:

• Thursday, June 18, Wellesley Community Centre, 495 Sherbourne St.
• Tuesday, June 23, Metro Hall, 55 John St. (Room 308)
• Monday, June 29, Jarvis Collegiate Institute, 495 Jarvis St.

This first round of public engagement is aimed at raising awareness of the TOcore study and its objectives, seeking input on key trends at play, and gaining an understanding of issues to be tackled.

The study will result in a renewed plan for the downtown core. It will also develop a series of hard and soft infrastructure strategies for parks and public spaces, walking and cycling networks, surface transit, community facilities, water and wastewater systems, and energy. The study is currently in its first phase.

The study area is bordered by Bathurst in the west, the Don River in the east, the lake to the south and Rosedale Valley Road and Davenport in the north.

Downtown Toronto is growing rapidly – four times faster than the city as a whole.  This growth reflects downtown’s success in attracting residents seeking livable, mixed-use neighbourhoods close to employment opportunities. The TOcore study will help to ensure the long-term viability of downtown as a place to live, work, learn and play.

Downtown Toronto is the region’s premier and most accessible employment centre. It is also a hub for culture, entertainment, shopping, higher learning, research, health care and government. With over 480,000 jobs, 225,000 residents, plus post-secondary students, shoppers and those seeking entertainment, more than 830,000 people are in the downtown core over the course of an average day.

Over the summer and fall, City staff will be organizing pop-up consultations at various locations across downtown including¬ in parks, at festivals and in the underground PATH. The schedule of dates, times and locations for pop-up consultations is available at http://www.toronto.ca/tocore.

Those unable to attend the consultations in person can review materials and provide feedback on the City’s website at http://www.toronto.ca/tocore.

On Twitter, follow @CityPlanTO and use #TOcore to keep up to date on this and other projects.

The next round of engagement will commence in the fall, and is intended to hear public feedback on study priorities.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world’s most livable cities. Toronto is proud to be the Host City for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us @TorontoComms.

Bruce Hawkins
Strategic Communications
416-392-3496