Canoe Landing Update – August 2019

It is clear to see, when walking by Canoe Landing Park, that the new multi-purpose community facility next door is well under construction. When open, it will have two elementary schools, a child care centre operated by St. Stephen's Community House, and a new City of Toronto Community Recreation Centre. In addition, a brand new community facility was added to the plan, after we added full funding through Section 37 dollars.

As mentioned in our July 2019 update, Labour stoppages have complicated the construction timeline, and the City has been working closely with the general contractor and partners to carry on with as much work as possible. All trades recently returned to work on the site, and restarted all work to complete the facility as soon as possible. However, labour shortages have caused additional delays. We have recently received an updated construction timeline, and have included updates on each of the components of the facility below.

The three partners continue to monitor the situation and are working together to ensure that the schools, child care centre and community centre are completed as soon as possible.

New schools – opening timeline and September 2019 School Year Plans

Work to complete the two new schools is proceeding to ensure they can both open as soon as possible. Based on the information from the general contractor, it is now estimated that the schools will be complete by early 2020.

Both schools have prepared detailed contingency plans that are now in place, and have been communicated to all parents and members of the school community.

  • Jean Lumb PS will run as a separate school within Nelson Mandela Park Public School until the new building is ready for occupancy. School bussing to and from Nelson Mandela Park PS will be provided to all students. Additionally, the St. Stephen’s Canoe Landing Before and After School Program (located at Nelson Mandela) will be available for those families who have registered to the program starting on the first day of school.
  • Bishop Macdonell Catholic Elementary School students will begin the school year together at St. Mary Catholic School (20 Portugal Square). Before and After School Care will be available at St. Mary Catholic for those families who have registered effective September 3 when school begins. For school bus transportation, all students have been assigned to neighbourhood bus stops. For more information, please contact the school office at 416-393-5462

For more information on these interim arrangements, please contact your local School Board Trustees, or my office to be connected with them:

Trustee Stephanie Donaldson, TDSB Ward 9, Davenport and Spadina-Fort York: stephanie.donaldson@tdsb.on.ca

Trustee Norm DiPasquale, TCDSB Ward: Norman.DiPasquale@tcdsb.org

Community Recreation Centre and Childcare – Opening Timelines

We anticipate the Community Recreation Centre and the Childcare Centre that will share the facility with the two schools, to be complete by spring 2020, as these areas of the building have always been expected to open shortly after the schools.

We will continue to provide updates in the coming weeks as more information becomes available.

Community Recreation Centre – Programming Consultations

City of Toronto staff will be hosting several consultation opportunities in CityPlace where you can learn more about plans for the Canoe Landing Community Recreation Centre and provide your input on what programming is provided.

Thursday, September 5th
Thursday, September 12th
Thursday, September 19th
Thursday, September 26th

For more information on all the consultations click here.

We are also working closely with city staff to add focused consultations with children, youth, and more!

Canoe Landing Park – New Playground

New playground equipment for children will be installed in Canoe Landing Park beside the existing splash pad this fall. These improvements are in addition to the brand new school play areas that will open alongside the schools later this year. See my website post for more details: http://www.joecressy.com/canoe_landing_park_improvements.