SAVE Trinity Square & Toronto’s Heritage

We need your support! An application has been filed to add 60 storeys to the 10-storey building on Trinity Square at 483-491 Bay St. & 20 Albert St.  This is almost 4 times the height of what is currently allowed in that location by the City of Toronto Official Plan.

If approved, this building would essentially put Toronto’s Official Plan in the shredder.  It would overwhelm some of our most iconic architecture and public spaces: Old City Hall, Nathan Philip’s Square, Trinity Square, and the historic Church of the Holy Trinity campus.

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Trinity Square, with its fountain, labyrinth and paved walkways is one of the few peaceful public spaces in the downtown where citizens can seek out sunlight and fresh air during the day.  

How can you help?

  1. Phone and write Mayor John Tory and your local Ward Councillor. 
  2. Write a letter to the editor of the Toronto Star, the Toronto Sun or the Globe and Mail.
  3. Spread the word!

Phone and write to members of Council:

Make your views known to Mayor John Tory and your local Ward Councillor.

Tell your elected representatives that local democracy matters.  Developers need to respect and work within our Official Plan.

Underline that respecting our built heritage means preserving its setting.  This is upheld by Toronto’s Official Plan, the Provincial Policy Statement and the international Venice Charter (ICOMOS).

Emphasize that both urban trees and urban humans need access to sunlight in public spaces.


Letter to the editor:

Email the Toronto Star, the Toronto Sun and the Globe and Mail.
(contact information pending).


Spread the word!

For more information:

You can view a copy of the Preliminary Report providing background information at: https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/te/bgrd/backgroundfile-141056.pdf 

To speak to the planner directly, contact Derek Waltho, at 416-392-0412 or Derek.Waltho@toronto.ca. You may mail your comments to the planner at Toronto and East York District, 100 Queen St W Floor 18 E Toronto On, M5H 2N2. 

You may also contact Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam, Ward 13, at (416) 392-7903.