The Canary District
Toronto’s new downtown east is evolving into the largest urban village in the city’s history. Anchored at Front and Cherry Streets, Canary District will be a visionary community, adjacent to Waterfront Toronto’s spectacular new 18-acre Don River Park, with lively street retail and dining, inspiring works of public art and sculpture. Every element of Canary District is designed to be open, inclusive and welcoming as a shining model of 21st century city building. With an emphasis on maximizing green spaces through courtyards, laneways, on terraces and along secondary pedestrian routes, Canary District will be a highly walkable neighbourhood focused on the themes of health and wellness.
New pathways and the extension of Front Street into a vibrant pedestrian promenade will establish deep connections between the downtown, the Distillery District, Don River Park and Lake Ontario. Canary District will maximize qualities that contribute to urban livability such as access to fresh air, the outdoors, sunlight, views, amenity, and public transit as well as a balance of public and private space. The overall design meets LEED® Gold criteria and honours Toronto’s Mandatory Green Building requirements to create a self-sufficient and diversified neighbourhood in which residents can live, work, and play.
The master site plan for Canary District shows the various components of the entire neighbourhood, which will be built in phases. The first phase will be Canary District Condominiums (Block 11) as well as George Brown College Residence (Block 1) and YMCA (Block 14). This will be immediately followed by Block 4 (market condominium), and Blocks 3 and 15 (affordable rental housing). Future phases will include Blocks 12, 13 and 16 (market condominiums).