Infrastructure Canada and the Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Initiative
- Sevaun Palvetzian (December 2016-November 2019)
- Janet Rieksts-Alderman (December 2016-November 2019)
- Mazyar Mortazavi (January 2017-December 2019)
- Jeanhy Shim (June 2017-June 2020)
The Minister of Infrastructure and Communities is responsible for federal matters relating to the Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Initiative.
The Initiative is revitalizing the Toronto waterfront through investments in both traditional city-building infrastructure, such as local transportation and sewers, and more contemporary urban development, including parks, green spaces, recreation facilities and the redevelopment of underutilized post-industrial areas.
These investments are expected to result in social and economic benefits for the Toronto region as well as contribute to Canada's continued success in the global economy.
Federal funding has been allocated primarily towards:
- Planning, design, and construction of parks, green spaces, and other public spaces;
- Investments in urban infrastructure, strategic land acquisitions, and recreational facilities.
Waterfront Toronto has a 25-year mandate and $30-billion long-term plan to transform 800 hectares of brownfield lands on Toronto's waterfront into beautiful, accessible and sustainable mixed-use communities and dynamic public spaces – one of the largest infrastructure projects in North America.
Waterfront Toronto (formerly Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Corporation) was established in 2001 as a not-for-profit corporation following the commitment of $500 million each by the Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario, and the City of Toronto toward the Initiative. All three levels of government are represented on its board of Directors and the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities is responsible for appointing federal members.
On September 14, 2016, the governments of Canada and Ontario and the City of Toronto announced infrastructure funding under the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund for the Cherry Street Stormwater and Lakefilling project. The Cherry Street Stormwater and Lakefilling project, while part of the proposed larger scope of work, is a stand-alone project that can be advanced independently of the larger Initiative. This project will improve storm water conveyance, stabilize the area shoreline under flood conditions and will also enhance aquatic habitat.
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