Wilket Creek Rehabilitation Project

Update - February 19, 2016

As you may know, the City of Toronto – in partnership with the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) – has been studying the geomorphic systems and habitat of the Wilket Creek subwatershed in order to better understand the erosion that threatens municipal land and infrastructure within Wilket Creek Park.

The restoration is part of a Master Plan that is being carried out according to the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment process.

I’m pleased to share that work at Site 3 (part of Phase 2) wrapped up in late 2015 and included the protection of approximately 125m of existing sanitary sewer infrastructure as well as 400m of channel improvements along the watercourse.

This spring, crews will finish bank restoration in conjunction with trail paving and restorative plantings.

In addition, Parks and TRCA are in the process of developing designs for the next phase of work which will see the installation of a new pedestrian bridge to reconnect the main trail to the staircase leading up to the playing fields and stables.

Work is scheduled to begin this summer and will extend into fall.

June 19, 2017

In partnership with the city, the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) has undertaken an environmental assessment to develop a long-term plan to stabilize Wilket Creek.

This spring, a number of residents reached out to my office with concerns about the project and the environmental impact of recent work in the area surrounding the creek. I immediately reached out to the TRCA and pulled together a meeting to address the issues. At the meeting, TRCA staff committed to taking any and all measures to reduce the footprint of the work and provided key contacts for residents.

I also attended the most recent public meeting where TRCA staff reviewed the different options for creek stabilization and discussed preferred solutions. If you would like more information about this study or want to receive updates, please contact Patricia Newland, Project Manager, at (416) 392-9690 or

West Don River Valley Rehabilitation

The City of Toronto will be restoring the West Don River valley underneath the Bayview Avenue Bridge after it was disturbed during last year’s bridge rehabilitation project.

Work will take place in the valley beneath the bridge located north of Lawrence Avenue East and south of Post Road (see map below for more detail). Crews will be repairing erosion in the valley, installing erosion protection measures, stabilizing the wall along the West Don River and planting trees.

Please note that while the work is taking place, pedestrian access to the valley will be restricted. For more information, please see the construction notice below.


Gardiner Expressway Update

As I mentioned in my last newsletter, earlier this year, city staff released a report on the joint City of Toronto and Waterfront Toronto study on the eastern section of the Gardiner Express way (from Jarvis to Logan).

City staff reviewed four options for the future of the eastern section of the Gardiner (maintain, improve, replace and remove) and recommended the remove option.

When city staff’s report came to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee in late March, the Committee directed staff to report back in early 2015 following further study of the track and congestion impacts of the recommended option.

The Committee also asked staff to study a proposal brought forward by First Gulf that involves realigning the eastern leg of the Gardiner.

Accelerated Rehabilitation

While the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee deferred a decision on the Gardiner’s eastern leg pending further study, City Council approved an innovative plan to accelerate the rehabilitation of the elevated highway.

The newly approved plan centres on the use of prefabricated deck and girder sections to replace the at-grade and deck sections of the expressway at the same time. The new approach is expected to shave eight years of construction time o of the rehabilitation project, which city sta estimate is equal to about $3 billion in user impacts.