Realizing the full potential of the IDEA District begins with early delivery of the planned Waterfront Light Rail Transit extension, which would not only better connect the area with the rest of the city but also with other planned development nearby, including commercial development at East Harbour and the planned expansion of the Film District.
As a next step, the relocation of Google’s Canadian headquarters onto Villiers Island as part of a new innovation campus would spark economic activity and draw businesses and talent from around the world. A thoughtful approach to mixed-use development that integrates new innovations to improve sustainability, affordability, and mobility would further attract workers and residents by creating complete communities filled with homes, jobs, shops, community spaces, and parks.
Finally, new affordable housing and workforce development programs help ensure that this approach to prosperity also comes with equity — creating opportunities for Torontonians of all ages, incomes, and abilities. Sidewalk Labs commits to a robust inclusion program, anchored by its affordable housing vision, that includes a construction jobs program for equity-seeking populations.