Lawrence Heights

Lawrence Heights

​​​​​​​​​​​​​Lawrence Heights​​
Lawrence Heights is Toronto Community Housing's largest Revitalization project and almost double the size of Regent Park. Through Revitalization, this 100-acre site (40.5-hectares) south of Yorkdale Shopping Centre will be transformed into a vibrant, mixed-income community. Revitalization will include replacing 1,208 Toronto Community Housing units and building over 4,000 new private market units, along with new parks, retail space, and roads connecting Lawrence Heights to the surrounding community. This plan for Lawrence Heights reflects years of input from residents, neighbourhood organizations and the City of Toronto.

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​ Overview​​​​​

  • Replaced Toronto Community Housing rental units: 1,208
  • Private market units: 4,092
  • Start date: October 2015
  • Anticipated completion date: 2035
  • Total size: Over 100 acres (40.5 hectares)
  • Amenities: New public parks and open space in Phase 1, full Revitalization will include new public parks, school and community centre, and new retail.

​​Phase 1 details​

  • Start date: October 2015
  • Replaced Toronto Community Housing rental units: 255
  • Private market units: 845
  • Anticipated completion date: 2022
  • Developer partners: Context and Metropia​ ​​(Heights Development Inc.)


Employment and education

As part of their commitment as the developer partners for Phase 1, Context and ​ Metropia​ (Heights Development Inc.) contributed $500,000 in 2013 to establish the Building our Future​: Limitless Heights Scholarship​ and committed to $3.5 million worth of resident employment and training. To date, 115 scholarships valued at $406,000 have been awarded, and more than 79 new jobs have been created for Lawrence Heights and Neptune residents. This is in addition to the nearly 200+ employment and training opportunities created by Toronto Community Housing in Lawrence Heights since 2008. ​ ​​

The Lawrence Heights community is currently undergoing a multi-phase redevelopment that will transform the community from an isolated, aging social housing complex to an integrated community with newly built housing, retail units and public space. Toronto Community Housing (TCHC) and Heights Development have collaborated to establish the Revitalization Micro Grants (RMG) to support all tenants in Lawrence Heights and Neptune impacted by the redevelopment. 


A view of Lawrence Heights  
Click on the image above to view the full site plan

Construction updates​​

The first new, 77-unit rental building at 20 Zachary Court opened in late 2018 and returning and relocating tenants have since moved into the building. 

Which units are next? And when?

Construction at 1 Leila Lane began in 2017. A new road, New Heights Court, has been constructed and the second new rental building at 20 New Heights Court is expected to be competed by summer 2020. 

What's next?

Appoximately 75 households relocated in the fall of 2018 to prepare for the next phase of construction. The folloing units in Phase 1 are now vacant and will be demolished by spring 2019: 15-29 and 111-121 Bagot Court; 1-87 Bredonhill Court; 85-119 Varna Drive; and 1-7 and 2-16 Cather Crescent. New streets, infrastructure improvements and market and Toronto Community Housing townhouses will be constructed in this area. 
Relocation of the remaining Phase 1 units is expected in2020. TCHC will continue to work with Phase 1 households and provide updates in advance of relocation. 

Will there be noise and dust?

The construction manager will make every effort to limit noisy activities within typical working hours and regularly scheduled vibration monitoring will occur as part of the requirements of the building permit. Regular street sweeping and other dust control measures will also be applied to minimize reduce the scattering of dust and debris.

More questions?

Visit the Revitalization office at 37 Varna D​​rive​ to talk to staff in person or call 416-981-5626.

Development timelines​​

​2022 (anticipated)

Phase 1 complete.

2020 (anticipated)

Second new Toronto Community Housing rental building at 20 New Heights Court ready for occupancy.


First Toronto Community Housing units ready for occupancy.

October 2015

Demolition begins for Phase 1.

April 2013

Toronto Community Housing Board of Directors approves entering into a partnership with Context and Metropia (Heights Development Inc.) to construct Phase 1 of Lawrence Heights.

June 2012

City Council votes to adopt a Social Development Plan for Lawrence Heights.

November 2011

Toronto City Council strongly endorses the Lawrence-Allen Secondary Plan allowing Toronto Community Housing to move forward with revitalization.​​