About the Port Lands

Toronto's Port Lands is an area of about 356 hectares (880 acres) that stretches from the Inner Harbour on the west to Leslie Street in the east, and from Lake Shore Boulevard in the north to the to the Outer Harbour in the south. With only a small portion in private hands, the majority of the Port Lands are owned by the following public agencies: Toronto Port Lands Company, City of Toronto, Province of Ontario, Toronto Port Authority, Federal Government and Waterfront Toronto. An additional property north of the Keating Channel owned by the City of Toronto, 420 Lake Shore Boulevard, is also part of this review.

The Port Lands were formed at the turn of the century by filling Ashbridges Bay to create additional industrial areas for the growing city. This included creation of an active industrial port, manufacturing and shipping during the wars and a concentration for energy storage and generation. Today, the Port Lands include businesses as well as large amounts of vacant and underutilized lands that have in some cases been contaminated by their early industrial use.

Developing the best possible waterfront means collectively surmounting a number of challenges in the Port Lands. These include environmental contamination, risk of flooding, lack of utilities, water and wastewater infrastructure, and the need to identify viable financial and investment models and economic tools that can help realize the potential of these lands in the heart of downtown Toronto.

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