Backgrounder: Allenbury Gardens Phase 1

Backgrounder: Allenbury Gardens Phase 1

November 22, 2017

Allenbury Gardens is Toronto Community Housing’s first revitalization community in the northeast part of the city. Located within easy walking distance to the Sheppard subway line, this redevelopment is providing tenants with new homes and new amenities that benefit the entire community. Allenbury Gardens, a seven-acre (2.83 hectare) site, is being revitalized in two phases over 10 years. Revitalization was launched in the community in 2010. 

At the end of the revitalization, Allenbury Gardens will be transformed to include: 

  • Replaced rent-geared-to-income rental units: 127 
  • Market units: 900+
  • Amenities: A new .4 hectare public park, featuring a playground and splash pad, leash dog run, and adult fitness equipment 
  • Two privately owned, publicly accessible, shared courtyard spaces 
  • New servicing infrastructure
  • Indoor community amenity space
  • Retail space: 199 square meters

Highlights of phase 1 include:

  • Replaced rent-geared-to-income rental units: 30
  • Market units: 430
  • Start of relocation of phase 1 tenants: 2014
  • Construction start: 2015
  • Return of phase 1 tenants: November 2017
  • Employment: FRAM has created a total of 32 jobs ( full-time, part-time and short-term) for tenants over five years in partnership with their construction teams and consultant
Toronto Community Housing’s revitalization program

Toronto Community Housing’s world-renowned revitalization program is making real progress in creating clean, safe, affordable homes in vibrant communities like the new Allenbury Gardens. Working together with private developer partners, Toronto Community Housing is leveraging the value of its land to replace or refurbish over 5,000 Toronto Community Housing homes across Toronto.

Active revitalization communities currently include 250 Davenport, Alexandra Park, Allenbury Gardens, Lawrence Heights, Leslie Nymark, and Regent Park, with planning underway for Don Summerville.

Impacts of Revitalization 

Toronto Community Housing currently has $7.5 billion in public and private investments underway or planned through its revitalization and building capital repair programs.
A third-party economic impact study conducted by the Canadian Centre for Economic Analysis in 2015 shows the clear benefits for Toronto, the GTA and Canada over the next 30 years of making these investments.

Economic benefits

  • 220,000 person years of employment over 30 years, including an average of 14,000 jobs per year for the first 10 years.
  • $18.5 billion boost in GDP through labour and material needs, with 68 per cent of this GDP growth occurring in the Greater Toronto Area.
  • $5 billion in further private capital investment.
  • $4.5 billion in tax revenue for the federal and provincial governments, meaning they will earn back their share of the required investment within the first 10 years.

Health benefits

  • 2.1 million fewer doctor or hospital visits
  • $3.8 billion in avoided healthcare costs

Social benefits

  • Increase property values to surrounding private homes
  • 15 per cent reduction in neighbourhood crime

Environmental benefits

  • 10 per cent reduction in utility costs, a savings of $12 million per year
  • Nine per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions (an average of 390 kg per home).

About Toronto Community Housing

Toronto Community Housing ( is Canada’s largest provider of social housing, providing homes for nearly 60,000 households with low and moderate incomes. Toronto Community Housing is working with private development partners to replace or refurbish over 5,000 homes in some of Toronto’s oldest public housing developments through our revitalization program

Media contact:  
Bruce Malloch, Director, Strategic Communications, T:(416) 981-4390, C:(647) 293-5789