Marine Use Strategy Update: Public Consultation on Draft Report

Toronto's Harbour is one of our most cherished resources. It provides a mix of active and diverse uses, including recreational boating, water-based transportation, tour boats, and industrial shipping.  This dynamic and busy area requires good planning to maintain a balance of uses as waterfront revitalization progresses.

Waterfront Toronto, in collaboration with the City of Toronto, the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, and Ports Toronto is updating the Strategy to align with current trends in marine uses, and to determine priorities for implementation.

The new update is focused on three themes:

Management: Who does what? The update is preparing a comprehensive ownership map of dock walls, water lots, and adjacent lands. Responsibility for maintenance, security, development parameters and dealing with high water levels are all being addressed.

Mooring: Where do the boats go? How do we support future growth? Allocation of dockwall space, storage facilities and industrial port use are being considered.

Movement: How do we get from land to water, on and over the water? Routes and destinations for existing and potential new ferry and water taxi operations are being reviewed. New public spaces in the waterfront offer more opportunities to let people connect to the water.

The second Public Information Centre for the Marine Use Strategy is being held from October 26th until November 9th and is focused on getting feedback on the recommendations for each of these three themes.

You can find a pre-recorded presentation reviewing the draft report, a questionnaire and other supporting materials here.