The Downsview Lands in north Toronto surround Downsview Park, one of Toronto’s largest urban greenspaces. Its five neighbourhoods will develop over time and will be interconnected, incorporating excellent transit, walking and cycling networks. These park-centered neighbourhoods will feature innovative design and provide places to live, learn, work and play.
For more information on the Downsview Lands, please visit: https://downsviewlands.ca/
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. Stanley Greene, the first of the five neighbourhoods, started welcoming new residents in 2017 and is near complete. (For more information on how you can buy a home in Stanley Greene, please visit the Mattamy Homes and Stafford Homes websites.) In 2019 the William Baker neighbourhood district plan process was initiated. Public consultations with the community are playing a vital role in this process.
Canada Lands Company and Northcrest Developments have come together to plan a large portion of the Downsview lands, a 520-acre sector including the airport, Sheppard and Chesswood districts and a portion of the Allen lands, representing one of the largest undeveloped sites in Toronto. With the airport slated to close in 2023 and the subway extension complete, there’s an important opportunity to revisit the land use and development framework for the Downsview Lands. Northcrest Developments, a subsidiary of the Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP), and Canada Lands Company have agreed to work together to create a planning framework for the future of the site. The 291-acre Downsview Park will be the heart of the community.
Northcrest and Canada Lands are striving to achieve a future that demonstrates how to build sustainable, resilient, vibrant, healthy and complete communities. A key part of the process will involve working closely with local residents and communities, as well as a wide range of public and private stakeholders, through the planning and development process. Canada Lands and Northcrest are committed to the long term, working with the community and respecting the public interest.
In 2020, Northcrest and Canada Lands will begin the process of planning a future for the site that generates returns for their shareholders, while also creating public benefits and supporting local communities and public policy priorities (e.g. local economic development, transit-oriented development, housing affordability and sustainability, parks and community amenities).
Visit the project website to stay informed and register for upcoming consultation events: id8downsview.ca
In March 2020, Canada Lands and Northcrest Developments launched a planning process to develop a vision for their shared sites that will create public benefits, and support community and city objectives. (Click here to learn more about their partnership.) For more information, and to register for updates and future consultations, please visit id8downsview.ca.
Servicing at the Stanley Greene neighbourhood is nearly complete. Once completed, Stanley Greene will be a master planned community offering new connections, parkland and municipal infrastructure, steps from Downsview Park. Individuals looking to purchase a home at Stanley Greene should visit the Mattamy website for more information: (http://www.mattamyhomes.com/GTA/Communities/Toronto/Downsview-Park/)
Further consultation is scheduled for 2015 to engage the community regarding the William Baker neighbourhood, north of Downsview Park.