Trees from the site of the Boake family’s Locust Lodge homestead (background) are preserved within today’s Park.
de Havilland builds its first buildings at Downsview.
Cirrus Moths, Gypsy Moths and many other Moth designs were assembled at the de Havilland plant.
De Havilland moves its operations to facilities at the southeast portion of the lands, where they reside today as Bombardier, neighbours to Downsview Park.
The Federal government decommissions the Canadian Forces Base Toronto and announce that a substantial portion of the site be set aside for the creation of a large urban green space dedicated for recreational and broader public use. The green space is surrounded by several parcels designated for development, with the anticipation of surrounding the park with integrated future communities.
Downsview Park finalizes an international design competition to realize its vision for an urban green space; eventually selecting Bruce Mau’s “Tree City”. The design concept links current living conditions to the reality of an urban public realm for the 21st century.
As the initial phase of Downsview Park is officially opened, Canada Lands Company reacquires ownership of both Downsview Park and the Downsview Lands, with a mandate to implement the City of Toronto's approved secondary plan for the area.
Stanley Greene represents the first of the Downsview Lands neighbourhoods to begin redevelopment. Site servicing has been completed and home construction has begun.
When a government department identifies a property as surplus to its needs, Canada Lands Company undertakes an analysis to determine how the property can be redeveloped while providing benefits to local communities and the Government of Canada. The company works with that government department to determine a fair market price for the property and then purchases the parcel through the government’s real property disposal process.
Unlike some private developers, Canada Lands Company always undertakes a public consultation process. Our team works closely with local residents and municipal officials to organize the most effective community consultation strategy possible. Our consultation often includes: meeting with community organizations, holding public open houses and establishing local advisory committees to get local input on potential plans for a property. The public is always invited to attend and participate throughout the community consultation process.
After completing the consultation process, Canada Lands Company creates a master development plan for the property. Preparation of the plan takes into consideration the input received from all community stakeholders and regulatory authoriities. In keeping with the organizations' commitment to corporate social responsibility, the master plan will incorporate, where possible, sustainable development principles and best practices for land development and building designs. These initiatives may use municipal sustainability standards or other standards such as LEED. This plan is submitted to the local city or town council for consideration and approval.
Once the approvals are received, Canada Lands Company typically carries out site servicing. This includes the installation of new roads and other municipal services (for example: sewers, streetlights, watermains etc.). Depending on the site, this may also involve building demolition, the removal of debris and contaminated soil or other environmental hazards.
There are three scenarios for property development in this final phase. Typically, Canada Lands Company markets and sells the building lots and blocks in phases to builders. The builders then carry out building construction consistent with Canada Lands Company’s master development plan. Occasionally, Canada Lands Company may undertake the construction of buildings itself, after site servicing. In the third case, certain properties that are of value to the Government of Canada are retained and Canada Lands Company manages those on behalf of the government. Some of the most prominent properties managed by our company include the Canada’s National Tower (CN Tower) and the Old Port of Montréal.
The City of Toronto's Downsview Area Secondary Plan defines the area using seven smaller districts in order to focus future planning. Through public consultation, each district is individually planned to ensure local stakeholders have a say in how each specific neighbourhood takes shape.
The Secondary Plan defines seven districts inclusive of Downsview Park at the center. The names of the districts are shown in the accompanying map.
There are five land use designations within the Secondary Plan, as shown on the accompanying map. The land use policies implement the development framework provided for in the Secondary Plan.
Downsview has a number of heritage resources that reflect the area's aviation and military history. These resources include buildings as well as landscape features. The Secondary Plan will inform and guide future decisions regarding heritage resources within the defined area.
The parks and open space system within the Secondary Plan area is envisioned to develop with Downsview Park being the focus of a connected network of parks and natural areas.
The Secondary Plan will be supported by excellent transit infrastructure including three area TTC subway stations, a GO Transit rail station which will be integrated with the TTC, and surface transit. Future development will also be supported by street improvements that include the introduction of new municipally and federally-owned streets through the area.
The recommended transportation system will achieve a balanced range of travel options that encourage walking, cycling and transit.
The Downsview Hub will be a gathering space for the community and your best source of information about all things Downsview Lands and will provide the community an opportunity to come and speak with Canada Lands directly.
Year-round events will be organized and programmed by local community groups and organizations forged through relationships built at the Hub.
The Hub is located at 70 Canuck Avenue, suite 102, within Downsview Park.
70 Canuck Ave, Suite 102
Regular Opening Hours:
Saturdays 10 am to 2pm. Stop by to get the latest information about the Downsview Lands and Park, connect with our team, and leave your feedback or questions.
Booking the Space:
The Hub serves as a community space, bookable for your event or meeting. The available days and times are as follows:
Starting July 4
Mondays from 1pm to 4pm
Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 4pm to 8pm
Saturdays from 2pm to 5pm
We would appreciate you booking your event or meeting at least one week in advance.
Contact our administrator Allison Best at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.