Northcrest and Canada Lands Company are creating a planning framework in collaboration with the local community.
Northcrest and Canada Lands are working together with local communities and other stakeholders to generate a shared vision and framework for 520 acres at Downsview. This vision will prominently feature existing Downsview Park, which will remain at the heart of the community and will not be reduced in size.
We are at the first step of a multi-decade process of getting to know and re-imagining this area of Toronto. The site is located on the traditional territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit who signed Treaty 13 (1805), and the area has also been the historic homeland of the Huron Wendat and Haudenosaunee people. It has dramatically evolved over time and will continue to evolve in the years to come.
The current changes at Downsview are being propelled by a number of factors, including: the departure of Bombardier and availability of the airport lands; the major transit investments made on the TTC subway extension and GO service expansion; and the need to help accommodate the significant growth of people and jobs coming to Toronto.
Building on Shared Values & Evolving Local Priorities
As we reimagine this area, our goal is to ensure that future development will strengthen the city and nearby neighbourhoods. We are collaborating to achieve connected, sustainable, resilient, vibrant, healthy, and complete communities.
The id8 Downsview process is designed to ensure that the future of Downsview is shaped by: feedback from many different stakeholders, including local communities and those with region-wide interests; public policy priorities and requirements; and the priorities of the landowners, Northcrest and Canada Lands. It is also rooted in an understanding that Downsview has always been—and continues to be—an important place for many different communities, businesses, and cultures.
We’ve called the planning process “id8 Downsview” because we know we need to “ideate” (or form ideas) and be open to many ideas from many people to inform the future plans for these lands.
Towards a Collaborative Framework Plan
The id8 Downsview planning process will result in a Framework Plan. The Plan will propose future road networks, parks and green spaces, a range of land uses, and will address the need for community facilities and services. It will be the basis for an application to amend the Downsview Area Secondary Plan to better reflect the opportunities presented by these lands.
From spring 2020 and into 2021, Canada Lands and Northcrest will engage communities and other stakeholders over three rounds of consultation, each with a different purpose:
Round One introduced the project and focuses on understanding what people value, what challenges people face, and opportunities they would like to see considered for the future.
Round Two will share and seek feedback on different ideas to include in the Framework based on technical work completed and the feedback heard in Round One.
Round Three will share and seek feedback on a draft Framework proposed by Northcrest and Canada Lands to guide future development of the lands.
We are at a first step of a decades-long process, and this engagement process focuses on the first year or so—recognizing that this timing will remain flexible to respond to any emerging COVID-19 requirements.
What do you value?
What could be improved?
What opportunities would you like to see explored?
Draft Framework Plan.
Exploring ideas to inform
the Draft Framework Plan.
Who are Northcrest and Canada Lands?
Northcrest Developments was established in 2018 as a wholly owned subsidiary of the Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments). PSP Investments is a federal Crown corporation which manages funds for the pension plans of the federal Public Service, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Canadian Armed Forces, and the Reserve Force. Northcrest is committed to delivering financial returns for its shareholder, PSP Investments, while generating public benefits.
Canada Lands Company specializes in real estate development and attractions management. Since 1995, it has enriched Canadian communities and experiences by embracing the full potential of the properties it owns and operates. Canada Lands is responsible for the operations of the CN Tower and Downsview Park in Toronto, the Old Port of Montréal, and the Montréal Science Centre. Canada Lands Company strives to enhance economic, social, and environmental value for Canadians.
Introducing the Northcrest and Canada Lands collaboration
Who is supporting Northcrest and Canada Lands?
Northcrest and Canada Lands have assembled an exceptional project team from Toronto and around the world to support the development of a framework for the future of Downsview. These consultants align in their shared interests in building sustainable, resilient, vibrant, healthy, and complete communities and in doing so through collaborative and transparent processes.
Together, we will be working closely with the public to ideate on solutions for this important opportunity that benefit the city, nearby neighbourhoods, and Canadians more generally. Through the process, you may get to meet some of the team. They include:
Nbisiing Consulting Inc.
COMMUNICATIONS & DESIGN StrategyCorp