Intelligent Communities

rendering of the innovation centreWaterfront Toronto is supporting the development of our city's knowledge workforce by fostering innovation and collaboration in business, technology and education. Along with our partners, we are building technology-enabled communities that will be more sustainable, more equitable and more attractive for global talent and investment.

Ultra-Fast Internet Connections & Neighbourhood-Wide WiFi

Our partner, Toronto-based Beanfield Metroconnect, has built Canada's first open-access ultra-high-speed broadband networks. The network's service is guaranteed to be maintained among the best in the world for at least 10 years beyond the completion of the final residential building in the waterfront.  This network uses fiber-optic technology to deliver Internet connection speeds exponentially faster than the North American average. Access is provided for a capped fee that delivers unlimited access starting at 500Mbps for residential customers (scalable to 10Gbps for commercial users). The network also provides IPTV, VoIP and advanced safety and energy management systems that residents and business can use to make their community more sustainable, more affordable and more livable.

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Digital Inclusion

Waterfront Toronto's digital inclusion strategy is helping to create an accessible and inclusive environment designed for everyone.  A cross subsidy model ensures that all residents, including those in affordable housing developments, can access Waterfront Toronto's Intelligent Communities infrastructure, including the broadband network.  The model is a capital offset, meaning the market units subsidize the connection for affordable units. In order to help further ensure that all residents and visitors will be able to access these essential data and services, Beanfield will also provide complimentary neighbourhood-wide Wi-Fi.

Information Communications Technology Cluster

We are working with global and local technology leaders to create dynamic mixed-use communities that have the advanced telecommunications infrastructure required by data- and bandwidth-intensive industry sectors. With the Film Studio District and Toronto's booming South Core only minutes away, our leading edge and technology-enabled waterfront districts are already attracting major employers like Corus Entertainment. Our work is setting the stage for a critical mass of Information Communications Technology sector employers along our waterfront. Toronto's waterfront will soon be synonymous with driving innovation and global competitiveness - a future-ready community on the cutting-edge of technology, communications, media and design.

Waterfront Innovation Centre

In February 2015, Waterfront Toronto and Menkes Developments Ltd. announced plans for a 350,000-square-foot innovation centre which will bring more than 2,000 employees to Toronto's waterfront. The facility will offer specialized commercial space for Toronto's rapidly evolving creative and technology sectors - including advanced visualization and interactive digital media, film and TV production - in an environment designed to promote collaboration within and between tenant companies. Pre-leasing is now underway, with construction expected to begin in the late fall of 2016.

Intelligent Community of the Year

Waterfront Toronto's Intelligent Community initiatives played an important role in the City of Toronto being recognized as 2014's Intelligent Community of the Year. The Intelligent Community Forum, the global think-tank based in New York City that awards the title, honoured Toronto for employing best practices and strategies that support high-speed broadband Internet access, the development of the city's knowledge workforce, and policies that encourage digital inclusion.