We want to keep you aware of the extensive work underway in this area and share any information that might be useful. Check here for updates on construction, road closures and traffic delays. We will also share the latest information on our construction process, how we plan to protect the environment and how construction may impact your community.

Construction Notices

Find the latest information about what to expect from ongoing construction. Download the latest construction notice below or view all notices in the Document Library.

Construction Notices

Find the latest information about what to expect from ongoing construction:

Construction Notice #12: August 23, 2019

What you need to know

Expect closures on sections of Villiers Street between Cherry and Saulter Streets from September to November 2019. We will maintain access along Villiers Street at all times. In early December, we will start road work on Commissioners Street between Don Roadway and Cherry Street. We will maintain access for the local businesses, but the road will be closed to all other traffic.

From summer 2019-Winter 2022, construction equipment will at times need to cross the Cherry Street at Lake Shore. When this happens, a flagperson will be stationed at the intersection to ensure the safety of cyclists and pedestrians. Traffic on the Martin Goodman Trail will be given priority. Signs will also be posted as needed to alert northbound and southbound cyclists to truck traffic.

A map showing location of truck routes and road work for construction happening fall 2019.
This map shows the location of truck routes and road work for construction happening this fall.


Crews have begun installing cut-off walls south of Commissioners Street and east of Cherry Street. These walls will keep the excavated area stable and dry as we create the new river valley. As part of this work, drilling is expected to create some noise. The impact of this work on traffic will be minimal.

See all construction notices issued for this project here.  To sign up to receive these notices, send us an email.

Minimizing Construction Impacts

To create a new, kilometre-long river valley, renaturalized river mouth and spillway, we’ll excavate 1.4 million cubic metres of soil — that’s enough to fill the Rogers Centre. We plan on reusing as much of this soil as possible on site. We’ll also rebuild sections of the Don Roadway, Cherry and Commissioners Street and remove portions of Villiers Street. And we’ll raise grades on the new Villiers Island and east of the Don Roadway by one to three metres. 

This is a seven-year construction project – and one of the largest infrastructure projects in Toronto’s history.  

During the Don Mouth Naturalization and Port Lands Flood Protection Environmental Assessment, the project team identified potential impacts from this construction. The team has now developed a series of plans to manage these impacts. Following these Environmental Management Plans will allow us to minimize impacts to the environment during and after construction. As construction progresses, these plans may be modified to reflect new information or challenges encountered on the construction site.  

To make the details of these plans easier to find and understand, we’ve summarized each plan. Those summaries are available here: 

Air Quality and Noise Monitoring Plan 

Groundwater Management Plan

Odour Management Plan

Soil Management Plan

Surface Water Management Plan

Our team is currently developing a Traffic Management Plan, in collaboration with the City of Toronto, to ensure that any road closures or diversions are coordinated with other nearby construction projects and the needs of everyone using the roads.

Do you have a concern, complaint or question about construction? Click here to submit your inquiry to the project team.

Construction Schedule

Construction in the Port Lands started in 2017 and will be done in 2024. Click here to see the overall schedule. Watch the latest animation of the construction schedule here. Find out more about what we’re building here.

Construction Liaison Committee (CLC)

The Port Lands Flood Protection Construction Liaison Committee (CLC) is made up of local residents and businesses. Members meet regularly with the project team to discuss construction activities and updates. The committee is tasked with bringing forward questions, concerns and feedback from the communities they represent. They work closely with the project team and construction manager, EllisDon, to ensure surrounding communities are aware of upcoming construction and help the project team manage any potential construction impacts.

Interested in getting involved? Email us.

image of a truck and construction equipment on the quay

Protecting the Environment

How we will undo the negative effects of industrial activities while protecting the lake and river.

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Video: Safely Digging a New River

Video: Safely Digging a New River

How will we deal with the industrial legacy in the Port Lands to create a healthy new river and new places to live and work?

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Looking west over cherry street lakefilling