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environment and sustainability

By employing global best practices and made-in-Toronto solutions, the city’s new waterfront communities will protect and enhance our natural environment, and will ultimately establish themselves as models for sustainability.

the resilience and innovation framework

Waterfront Toronto remains committed to making the city’s waterfront an international leader in sustainable development. Our sustainable development approach has been previously guided by a comprehensive Sustainability Framework, which was finalized and released in 2005, after extensive consultation. The goal of the framework was clear: to ensure that sustainability principles were integrated into all facets of waterfront revitalization planning, design, management, operations and decision-making. The framework has supported  many of the public policies set out in the Government of Canada’s departmental Sustainable Development Strategies 2004-2006, the Government of Ontario’s Smart Growth strategies, and the City of Toronto’s Waterfront Scan and Environmental Improvement Strategy.


Despite the success of our previous framework, we know there is still a lot of work to do in order to create a sustainable future for our waterfront. That’s why we’ve recently developed a new framework –  one that seeks to mitigate the rapid change in our climate  and develop a set of tools to create environmental, economic and social benefits for our city.

about the resilience and innovation framework

Our new Resilience and Innovation Framework is a response to the effects of greenhouse gases (GHG) on our climate. Waterfront Toronto recognizes that we can and should act now to demonstrate leadership by creating and communicating solutions that help mitigate climate change.  The strategies we develop  through this framework will have long lasting benefits for many aspects of life in Toronto. As always, our goal is to create vibrant and sustainable places for people living, working and playing on the waterfront -- that’s why we’ve placed people at the centre of our new Innovation and Resilience Framework. Find the Framework here and our Action Plan here.


corporate social responsibility and sustainability report


With unflagging commitment to bring the vision of a sustainable waterfront to life, Waterfront Toronto created its first Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability Report (CSRSR) in 2013 to report on our progress, challenges, and achievements.  The CSRSR demonstrates our dedication to transparency and open communication. It also provides stakeholders with a mechanism to understand and evaluate our work. The inaugural report covers the period from the establishment of the corporation in 2001 to December 2012, and will form the basis of future reports. 


The CSRSR was prepared using the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) reporting framework, an independent, widely-used and internationally accepted standard for reporting on sustainability performance. We based our reporting on GRI’s G3.1 Guidelines, Application Level C, as well as the Construction and Real Estate Sector Supplement, which covers key sector-specific issues.


The content of our report is based on a material set of performance measures that align with the three areas of sustainability referred to as the “triple bottom line”: environmental, social, and economic. The triple bottom line embraces an expanded set of standards for measuring success by reporting social and environmental performance, in addition to economic performance.


Our Environment pillar addresses a range of priorities, such as climate change, habitat creation, and energy and water conservation, supporting Waterfront Toronto’s commitment to developing waterfront communities that will be amongst the greenest in the world, delivering a lasting legacy as a model for sustainability.


Our Social theme addresses a range of priorities, such as community and stakeholder satisfaction and engagement, waterfront access and design excellence. Like our commitment to delivering a positive environmental legacy, our social pillar is about putting people first and creating functional, sustainable, and beautiful communities that deliver a high quality of life for all who live, work, play and learn on the waterfront.  


Our Economic category speaks to advancing innovation, creating meaningful employment opportunities, and attracting tourism and knowledge-based industries, to give rise to Toronto as a centre of economic growth and creativity, providing lasting and sustainable benefits.


Waterfront Toronto’s Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability Report was recognized with the BLOOM 2013 Sustainability Leadership Award and as one of Clean50’s Top 15 Projects for 2014.


integrated annual report

In August 2020, Waterfront Toronto released its 2019-20 Integrated Annual Report that reflects the Corporation’s achievements for the past fiscal year. This is Waterfront Toronto’s first integrated report, combining both the Annual Report and the Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability Report

The theme of this inaugural integrated report is Resilient Waterfront, Resilient Toronto.  As we live and grow through these unprecedented times, we recognize that, now more than ever, delivering resilience is a vital component in creating a thriving waterfront and city. In this report we examine the ways in which resiliency is at the heart of our work as we create communities that are able to rebound from crisis—be it a global pandemic or climate change.     


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