The Downsview Lands in north Toronto surround Downsview Park, one of Toronto’s largest urban green spaces. Its neighbourhoods will be interconnected, incorporating city transit, walking and cycling networks. These park centered developments will feature innovative design and provide places to live, learn, work and play.

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The Downsview Lands are comprised of a former military base of approximately 572 acres (231.5 hectares) and sit on one of the highest elevations in the City of Toronto. Canada Lands’ interests in this site are twofold.

The first is Downsview Park, which includes recreational and greenspace that occupies in excess of 50 per cent of the entire site; namely, 291 acres of parkland, with passive and natural areas, as well as active uses. Canada Lands Company is serving in an ongoing stewardship role with Downsview Park and is committed to maintaining, improving, evolving and connecting the park with the neighbourhoods that will surround it.

The second is the planning and development of these emerging neighbourhoods, designed as complementary to the Park and currently identified in the City of Toronto’s Secondary Plan for residential, employment and commercial development. Presently designated as the Stanley Greene, William Baker, Sheppard, Chesswood and Allen neighbourhoods, these five neighbourhoods together represent one of the region’s most exciting community-building initiatives.

Incorporating input from local residents, community groups and city officials, the transition of these neighbourhoods is already underway. Stanley Greene, the first of the five neighbourhoods started welcoming new residents in 2017 and is near complete.

In 2019 the William Baker neighbourhood district plan process was initiated. Public consultations with the community are playing a vital role in this process.


Downsview Lands

Toronto, Ontario



David Anselmi