Toronto's Great Streets

An accessible guide to urban mobility and neighbourhood revitalization through effective street redesign.

Published:  July 18, 2018

There is no standard recipe for a great street. But a common thread among the streets featured in this study is that they all play a key role in making the surrounding neighbourhood a great place to live, work, and visit.

This report profiles five recently redesigned Great Streets in Toronto and uncovers some of their ingredients for success. It also features five future great streets, The Ones to Watch, that have great potential for revitalization and change, with the right recipe.

Bedrooms in the Sky

Is Toronto building the right condo supply?

Published:  November 7, 2017

A new report by the Ryerson City Building Institute and Urbanation examines condos under development in the GTA to understand how well the incoming supply will accommodate the region’s housing affordability challenges and changing demographics.


Getting to 8,000

A collaboration with Evergreen that makes several recommendations various levels of government can enact to improve rental supply in the Toronto Area.

Published:  October 12, 2017

This report finds that a combination of high land values, investor demand for condos, and unequal development financing have resulted in developers favouring condominium construction over purpose-built rental units. It makes several policy recommendations to improve rental housing supply in the Toronto Area.


A New Life for Old City Hall

Possible future uses for Toronto’s iconic Old City Hall with case studies from around town and across the globe.

Published:  November 22, 2016

In 2015, City of Toronto staff embarked on a study to determine future uses for Old City Hall, a beloved landmark in the heart of Canada’s largest city. This report does not put forth recommendations, but intends to spark creative thinking and inspire a public discussion.

Suburbs on Track

A collaboration with the Ontario Home Builders’ Association that provides several recommendations for developing transit-oriented communities.

Published:  September 7, 2016

The province of Ontario is investing over $32 billion in new subways, light rail, rapid busways and regional express rail over the next 10 to 15 years outside of downtown Toronto. These suburbs and regional municipalities have an opportunity to realize the benefits of transit-oriented communities that are walkable and safe, support local businesses, generate ridership to pay for transit operations and provide more mobility choices and affordable housing options.

Getting Growth on Track

Policy solutions, tools, and approaches to strengthen the links between transit investments and planning in the Greater Golden Horseshoe.

Published:  October 14, 2015

To support the Province of Ontario’s 10-year co-ordinated land use planning review, CBI convened subject matter experts to address the most serious planning issue in Ontario: how we plan for growth in the Greater Golden Horseshoe. How we manage this growth is paramount to the sustainability and economic prosperity of our region.

The State of City Building

This project comprises the State of City Building Report and the Citylinx database of non-governmental GTHA city building organizations.

Published:  July 15, 2015

We hope that this report will be used as a resource for governments, corporations, foundations, and individuals who seek to engage with specific focus areas. We want to make this growing database widely available to create further effective and collaborative city building.

Bridging Divides

This report summarizes this unique public forum where three GTA mayors joined urban experts to propose strategies aimed at bridging the growing divides in our cities.

Published:  May 13, 2015

Our cities are facing growing divides such as uneven access to services and housing, congestion and transit shortfalls, income polarisation, and political divisions. This project brings together experts across disciplines to collaborate and develop solutions for actionable change in the GTHA.