TORONTO — Waterfront Toronto has broken ground on a waterway reclamation project that is part of the Port Lands Flood Protection project at the mouth of the Don River.
Waterfront Toronto’s board chair Helen Burstyn and chief project officer David Kusturin, Chief Stacey LaForme of the Mississaugas of New Credit First Nation, federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities Francois-Philippe Champagne and Toronto Mayor John Tory attended the kick-off ceremony Nov. 28, a release said.
Waterfront Toronto will start excavation on a kilometre-long river valley, a natural spillway and new mouth for the Don River this winter, work that will contribute towards creating the new island community of Villiers Island, the statement indicated.
It is planned the community will incorporate residences for thousands of people and a similar number of jobs.
The flood protection plan in the Port Lands is aimed at reclaiming 290 hectares of Toronto’s waterfront for revitalization.
In June 2017, all three governments announced $1.25 billion in shared funding for Port Lands Flood Protection.