Protecting public lands - calling on the Government of Canada to halt the sale of 200 Queens Quay West and commit the site for new affordable housing

As our downtown communities grow, it only becomes more important that we work hard to ensure valuable public lands are being utilized to achieve critical community facilities and services such as affordable housing.

Recently, I became aware that the above-ground parking structure at 200 Queens Quay West, owned by the Canada Lands Company, is actively being marketed for sale and private residential development. 

I am calling on the federal government to halt the sale of 200 Queens Quay West, which is the above-ground parking structure facing Lower Simcoe Street, sandwiched between the Gardiner Expressway and the Waterclub towers. The property is currently owned by the Canada Lands Company, a federal crown corporation, which is actively marketing the property to condo developers as a site for two towers, 55 and 45 storeys tall. 

In light of the affordable housing and homelessness crisis in Toronto, and the ongoing rapid pace of growth downtown, the public lands at 200 Queens Quay West should be used to create new affordable housing. Not simply sold to the highest bidder.

To learn more, please see my urgent motion to City Council this week: http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2019.MM9.65