Tower Renewal Action Forum

The Dept organized and facilitated workshops and panel discussions focusing on housing resilience and rehabilitation, neighbourhood transformation and affordability in Toronto's apartment tower neighbourhoods.

Postwar apartment towers are the backbone of Canada’s purpose-built rental stock and provide affordable housing to millions of Canadians. Canada faces a growing housing affordability crisis requiring coordinated action to build a future around more complete, resilient and affordable cities. Tower Renewal is a strategy for realizing this change.


The Tower Renewal Action Forum took place on October 5, 2017 at the Evergreen Brickworks. The event assembled international experts and local city-builders to explore innovative strategies for transitioning aging tower neighbourhoods to meet the demands of our 21st century cities. With over 150 stakeholders in attendance, there was representation from government, nonprofit, private, public and community associations.


Workshops and panel discussions showcased best practices at home and abroad, to focus on housing resilience and rehabilitation, neighbourhood transformation and the maintenance of affordability in our apartment tower neighbourhoods.


Learn more on the Tower Renewal Action Forum website.

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