Regent Park is a 69-acre housing complex in the downtown east area of Toronto, bordered by River Street (east), Shuter Street (south), Gerrard Street (north), and Parliament Street (west). One of the largest urban revitalizations of its kind, the Regent Park revitalization is a five-phase redevelopment project that will transform the community into a mixed-income, mixed-use neighbourhood.
The completed project will feature a mix of rent-geared-to-income (RGI) units, affordable housing rentals, and market condominiums. Intentionally designed to create a vibrant neighbourhood, these quality homes will be integrated within walking distance of retail and commercial spaces, community facilities, active parks, and open spaces.
Along with the physical redevelopment , the Regent Park revitalization also focuses on revitalizing the economic and social fabric of the community. The Regent Park Social Development Plan was developed through community consultations to support social inclusion and social cohesion of residents during the Regent Park revitalization. The project continues to bring employment, economic development, social development, training, and scholarship opportunities to neighbourhood residents.
The diverse voices of the Regent Park community have and continue to be instrumental in shaping the vision of a revitalized Regent Park.
By the numbers
Master Plan / Rezoning Milestones
- Total size: 69 acres
- Project start date: 2005
- Anticipated project length: 30 years (five phases)
- Master Plan approved: 2014
- Unit Mix (2014 Master Plan):
- 2,083 replacement rent-geared-to-income (RGI)
- 427 TCHC affordable housing rental units
- 5,700 new market condominium units
Phases 4-5 (Proposed)
The Phases 4-5 Rezoning application was resubmitted to the City of Toronto in December 2022 and includes the following elements:
- 633 RGI Replacement units
- More than 550 additional TCHC-operated RGI or affordable units
- Over 500 additional market units
- 9,608 square metres of commercial and non-residential space
- 3,605 square metres of Community Space
- 15,292 square metres of Open Space
- A new Toronto Public Library
TCHC has partnered with leading builder and developer partners to revitalize Regent Park in five (5) phases:
The Daniel’s Corporation – Phases 1, 2, and 3 (“South Regent”)
- In 2006, The Daniels Corporation was selected to build the first three phases of the five-phase development. The last TCHC building to be built in Phase 3 is currently under construction and is estimated to be completed in 2024.
- The Phase 1 Regent Park Presentation Centre located at 500 Dundas Street will be the last Market building developed by the Daniels Corporation. Preliminary planning and design will start to take place in 2023. New amenities include Daniels Spectrum, a new arts and cultural centre; the Regent Park Aquatic Centre; the new Regent Park Park “the Big Park”; and, the Regent Park Athletic Grounds
- New retail spaces along Dundas Street East and Parliament Street, including Freshco by Sobeys, Tim Hortons, RBC, and Shoppers Drug Mart
- New neighbourhood services on Parliament Street, Dundas Street East, and Regent Park Boulevard, including Main Drug Mart, Dundas East Dental, and the Toronto Birth Centre
- New spaces for social service agencies such as the TD Centre of Community Learning and Development and the S.E.A.S. Centre (Support Enhance Access Service Centre), Visions of Science Network for Learning, Dixon Hall Neighborhood Services, and the Christian Resource Centre.
- With the completion of Phase 3, 1,450 RGI units and 427 net new affordable rental units will be built including 110 barrier-free units, and 53 fully modified accessible suites.
Tridel Builders Inc. - Phases 4 and 5
In 2020, after a competitive request for proposals, TCHC selected Tridel Builders Inc. as TCHC’s developer partner for Phases 4 and 5 of the revitalization.
Planning is currently underway for Phases 4 and 5, and a consultant team was selected to assist TCHC and Tridel reimagine the vision for phase 4 and 5 lands. This team includes Karakusevic Carson Architects, Bousfields Inc., ERA Architects, Monumental, Trans Solar Klima Engineering & JVM Consulting, RWDI, and PSF Studio (Visioning); Bousfield’s Inc. (Urban Planning); and, JD Barnes Ltd. (Land Surveyor).
On April 15, 2022, TCHC and Tridel filed a rezoning application for Phases 4-5 with the City of Toronto, to amend the zoning bylaw to allow for the inclusion of important project elements to support the community. The submission was informed by over 1,500 touchpoints with the community, with residents providing input and ideas that informed the overall vision and design. If approved, the rezoning application would enable the development of more TCHC-operated RGI or affordable housing units, additional market units, thousands of square metres of additional commercial and retail space and community and cultural space, and the creation of a new Toronto Public Library.
As part of the transformative roadmap for Phases 4 and 5, Tridel has also committed $26.8-million for a community economic development program that will benefit the tenants and residents of Regent Park.
Learn more about the progress of Phases 4 and 5, including progress on the community benefits package, on RP4and5.ca.
Along with new buildings and space, revitalization offers Regent Park residents with new pathways for jobs and training — a critical part of the revitalization of a community, made possible through Community Economic Development (CED) funds. TCHC works closely with its developer partners in Regent Park, Daniels Corporation and Tridel, who mobilize trades, consultants and other commercial partners to create employment opportunities for Regent Park residents. These efforts extend to trade unions and social service agencies that offer training programs for youth, apprenticeships, and other initiatives that help lead residents, including youth, into successful careers.
For more information on the programs and initiatives available to Regent Park residents please visit the following pages:
Phase 3 completed (estimated)
- April – Second resubmission of the Rezoning application submitted
- December – Resubmission of the rezoning application
- April - Phase 4-5 Original Rezoning application submitted
- Phases 1-3 nearing completion: 1 TCHC rental building and 1 Market Condo remaining to be constructed
- 189 Rent Geared to Income (RGI) and 24 Affordable rental units are under construction at 16N (the last remaining TCHC building in Phase 3);
- Phases 4-5 visioning underway: Estimated completion 10 – 15 years
Tridel Builders Inc. selected as the developer partner for Phases 4 and 5
- Phase 2 completed
- RFP process begins for to select a developer partner for Phases 4 and 5
Phase 3 construction begins
Phase 1 completed
Phase 2 construction begins
City Council passes Social Development Plan, developed with residents
Toronto Community Housing selects Daniels as development partner for Phase 1 after a public Request for Proposal (RFP) process
City Council approves the Revitalization of Regent Park
Tenants approach Toronto Community Housing about Revitalization