East Harbour Master Plan


First Gulf


Toronto, Ontario

Design Team

Adamson Associates Architects (Executive Architect)
Callison (Retail)
Janet Rosenberg & Studio (Landscape Architect)
Urban Strategies (Master Planner)
MHBC (Municipal Planner)
BA Group (Transportation Consultant)
Hatch (Transit Consultant)
WSP (Civil Engineer)


Photography credit – Renderings by JRS

Located on a 60-acre site directly east of Toronto’s downtown core, East Harbour is the largest commercial development currently planned in Canada.

The vision for this ambitious master-planned commercial hub was conceived by First Gulf and its partners, Cowie Capital Partners Inc. and Northglen Investments in 2018. In 2018, Toronto City Council approved the East Harbour Master Plan, which provides for 10 million square feet of commercial development, including office, hotel, retail, institutional, entertainment and cultural space. With the capacity to accommodate over 70,000 employees, future growth potential for the site is supported by a planned multi-modal transit hub incorporating GO Train/SmartTrack services, TTC light rail transit, and the future Ontario Line subway.

JRS has worked with First Gulf and a diverse range of consultants to prepare a vibrant site strategy for this development that will form a new employment precinct for the City of Toronto.

East Harbour integrates close to nine acres of green space with a network of streets, plazas, sidewalks, and open spaces to create an environment where people can relax comfortably and move efficiently. Development plans are based on the latest principles of sustainability and well-being, creating a walkable, bikeable network of paths, bridges and connectivity to public transit.

Intelligent building design with smart building strategies will enhance long-term operational efficiency, with LEED and WELL certifications targeted throughout East Harbour. The project will also implement part of the Don Mouth Naturalization project to provide permanent flood protection for the area.

Status: Pre-construction. Cadillac Fairview has entered into an unconditional purchase agreement with First Gulf and its partners to acquire 100 per cent ownership of Toronto’s East Harbour project, with the objective of completing the plan to create a vibrant destination and new eastern commercial core. This transaction closed on September 25, 2019.

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