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: 233
  • Private market units: 824
  • Anticipated completion date: 2021
  • 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, 80 scholarships valued at $295,175.35 have been awarded, and 35 new jobs have been created for Lawrence Heights and Neptune residents. This is in addition to the nearly 150+ 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​​

Construction has begun in Zachary Court in 2016. The new rental building at 20 Zachary Court is expected to complete in 2018.

Which units are next? And when?

Relocation at 1 Leila Lane was completed in fall 2016 and demolition began in April 2017.  Construction of the rental building is expected to take approximately two years.

What's next?

After 1 Leila Lane, the following remaining units in Phase 1 will be relocated and demolished: 1-29 and 111-133 Bagot Court; 1-87 Bredonhill Court; 41-119 Varna Drive; and 1-78 Cather Crescent. Relocation for these areas will not happen until at least fall 2016 and potentially later.

When will the first units be ready?

We anticipate the first units will be ready in 2018.

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​​

​2021 (anticipated)

Phase 1 complete.

​2018 (anticipated)

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.​​