We’ve been there since the beginning, watching the West Don Lands blossom into a cohesive master-planned community we’ve all come to know and love as the Canary District. We remember when the area was just industrial land, completely written off by the city. Now, it is one of the most exciting new communities in Canada. Recently, local dignitaries, games organizers, athletes, and others involved in the games joined Dundee Kilmer and the province as they officially handed over the lands to TO2015, the organizers of the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.
Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario
“The Athletes’ Village will serve as a welcoming home for athletes at the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games, and, thanks to thoughtful planning, it will also leave a legacy that will benefit Ontarians well into the future. I am proud of the role Ontario has played in bringing this project to life,” said Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario.
The CIBC Pan Am/Parapan Am Athlete’s Village is ready for all the games participants 140 days before the Games and on budget and on time, a great feat by Dundee Kilmer and construction company EllisDon. The LEED Gold community is now 50% complete and features market condos, two affordable rental buildings, a George Brown College residence, and the Cooper Koo Family YMCA. After the games, Dundee Kilmer will take over once again and develop more market condos and other mixed-use buildings, and more infrastructure will be installed, such as a new streetcar line.
Mayor John Tory
“This new mixed income, transit friendly neighbourhood is a strong example of public-private partnership at its best. Post Games, the Village will add a mix of new housing, including 253 new affordable rental units, to the City’s housing stock,” said Mayor John Tory.
The athletes and officials will be staying in the two condos (Canary District and Canary Park), as well as the affordable housing and George Brown residence. Canada has so many athletes competing that they will all share their very own building (one of the affordable housing buildings).
The units have been completed with drywall, lighting, bathrooms, and temporary flooring. After the games, Dundee Kilmer will spend six months adding the final touches to all the units so that purchasers are still receiving brand new units. Some final touches include kitchens, flooring, and perhaps additional lighting.
“The Canary District is sure to become Toronto’s next great neighbourhood. From the carpenters to the bankers, we take our hats off to all involved in managing this project to its successful outcome and acknowledge the vision and leadership of Waterfront Toronto and Infrastructure Ontario,” said Ken Tanenbaum of Kilmer Group.
We’ve toured the Canary District so many times in the past - let’s take a look at the Games and community from a different perspective...by the numbers!
- 810 market condos, 100 of which are affordable.
- 253 affordable rental units
- 500 student residences at George Brown College
- 8,000 people serviced by the Cooper Koo Family YMCA
- 220,000 pieces of furniture and fixtures moving in for the Games
- 69,965 square foot temporary dining tent to be installed in March
- 450,000 meals will be served (about 21,000 a day)
- 7,100 athletes and officials for the Pan American Games
- 3,200 athletes and officials for the Parapan American Games
- 700 Canadian athletes
- 248 volunteers
- 40,000 square feet of retail promenade along Front Street
- 250,000 visitors for the Games
- 26,000 jobs created by the Games
- 780 tradespeople onsite for construction
- $3.7 billion will be generated for Ontario’s GDP
We look forward to watching the city come to life this summer during the Games, and we can’t wait to see the first homeowners move into the Canary District after the games are complete! Stay tuned, there is still a lot headed to the Canary District master-plan post Games, and we’ll be there to keep you updated every step of the way.
View of Canary Park
Canary District Condos