FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Which exact areas will be protected from flooding when this project is complete?

290 hectares of land are at risk due to flooding from the Don River, under a Hurricane-Hazel-sized storm event.

This image shows the area of the eastern waterfront that is at risk of flooding:

This project will remove the flood risk to 240 hectares of land. The majority of the remaining 50 hectares of land will be intentionally designed to flood, and they are located within the Keating Channel and the new naturalized river valley system.

Read more about flood risks in Toronto here.

How much will this project cost?

Waterfront Toronto received $1.25 billion in funding from the City of Toronto, Province of Ontario and Government of Canada to design and build the Port Lands Flood Protection Project.

In 2016, we completed a 15-month Due Diligence study that resulted in dozens of critical reports totaling over 10,000 pages. We did this to make sure our plan to flood protect and revitalize the Port Lands could work – and that includes the cost. The amount includes a contingency of 30 per cent and accounts for the projected cost of inflation throughout the project timeline.

What is the Port Lands flood protection project?

Currently, about 290 hectares (715 acres) of southeastern downtown are at risk of flooding from the Don River watershed. This includes parts of the Port Lands, South Riverdale, Leslieville, south of Eastern Avenue and the East Harbour development site. Port Lands Flood Protection is a solution to flood protect these lands and enable the transformation of the underused Port Lands into a place where people can live, work and play, while still preserving some industrial uses.This project involves excavating a new river valley and a creating a naturalized mouth for the Don River in the Port Lands. The project also includes new parks, aquatic habitat and infrastructure such as roads, bridges, utilities and transit infrastructure to support future development. The project includes:

  • Resilient, green infrastructure
  • A new river valley that has the capacity to handle large volumes of flood water
  • The Don Greenway that provides excess capacity to convey flood water through the existing Shipping Channel
  • New roads and bridges
  • Structures to control water flow and manage sediment and debris

 

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