The second phase would be the River District, a 62-hectare area made up of five neighbourhoods surrounding the renaturalized Don River: Villiers West, Villiers East, Keating East, McCleary, and Polson Quay. This scale would allow innovations initiated in Quayside to realize their full impact in a financially feasible way.
In Villiers West, Sidewalk Labs proposes to be the real estate developer, in concert with local development partners, and to play a key role in serving as a catalyst for a new economic cluster focused on urban innovation, anchored by a new Google Canadian headquarters and a new Urban Innovation Institute. Beyond Quayside and Villiers West, Sidewalk Labs proposes to play a different role across the IDEA District, focusing on three supportive areas: planning, design, and implementation; technology support; and optional support financing critical infrastructure.
A public administrator and the three orders of government would determine whether to extend the IDEA District beyond Quayside and Villiers West.