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Waterfront Toronto

Waterfront Toronto (formerly the Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Corporation) is the public advocate and steward of waterfront revitalization. Created by the Governments of Canada and Ontario and the City of Toronto in 2001, Waterfront Toronto’s mandate is to oversee, lead, and implement the waterfront’s renewal and revitalization.

Waterfront Toronto has a 25-year mandate and $17-billion long-term plan to transform 800 hectares of brownfield lands on the waterfront into sustainable mixed-use communities and dynamic public spaces. The project is one of the largest infrastructure projects in North America and one of the largest waterfront redevelopment initiatives ever undertaken in the world.

Waterfront Toronto’s authorities are outlined in the Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Corporation Act.

Board responsibilities

The board is responsible for supervising the business and affairs of the corporation, including the following:

  • developing accessible new waterfront communities that offer a high quality of life for residents and visitors
  • attracting innovative, knowledge-based industries to the Port Lands, a 400 hectare (988-acre) district bounded by the Keating Channel/Don River and Lake Shore Boulevard in the north, the Toronto Inner Harbour in the west, Ashbridges Bay in the east, and Lake Ontario and Tommy Thompson Park in the south
  • engaging the community as an active partner in the waterfront’s revitalization
  • developing strategic partnerships to attract private sector investment

Term of office

The term of office for the City's public members is three years. Members continue to serve until their successors are appointed.

Composition

The board consists of 13 members and is composed of:

  • 1 public member jointly appointed by the three orders of government as chair
  • 4 members appointed by the federal government
  • 4 members appointed by the Ontario government
  • 4 members appointed by the City of Toronto, including 3 public members and the Mayor or designate

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for appointment, public members must meet the eligibility requirements set out in the City’s Public Appointments Policy.

Under the Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Corporation Act, 2002, public members are ineligible for appointment to the board if they are employed by (a) the federal government or one of its agencies, (b) the Ontario government or one of its agencies, or (c) the City of Toronto or one of its local boards.

Qualifications

Public members should collectively demonstrate a range of qualifications including:

  • experience as a director in the public or private sectors
  • urban planning and development
  • brownfield remediation
  • environmental sustainability
  • economic development
  • development financing
  • human resources
  • experience implementing complex business strategies and/or comprehensive city-building initiatives, including affordable housing, parks and public spaces, and cultural and recreational facilities
  • understanding of the principles of public accountability, integrity, and inclusiveness

Meetings

The board typically meets 8 times a year. Board members also take part in additional meetings of the board's committees.

Remuneration

  • The chair receives a $30,000 annual retainer, plus $500 per diem for attending meetings
  • Board committee chairs receive a $7,500 annual retainer, plus $500 per diem for attending meetings
  • Board members receive a $5,000 annual retainer, plus $500 per diem for attending meetings

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There are no vacancies at this time. However, applications for future vacancies are always being accepted.