The Canary District Indigenous Hub project consists of a four-building complex in Toronto’s West Don Lands area.
The first phase of the project involves the construction of a four-storey Indigenous health facility comprises a sweat lodge, courtyard, doctor’s offices and counseling services. The curved, modern design of this building will combine materials like cedar and perforated aluminum with Indigenous artistic flourishes and motifs throughout the interior and exterior.
The second phase of the project involves redeveloping an existing heritage building, formerly home to the Canary Restaurant, into a four-storey office and retail space. The hub will include a new location for Anishnawbe Health and the Miziwe Biik Training Institute for services around education and employment. The building will also include a childcare and family centre operated by the city.
The last phase of the project involves the construction of two adjoining residential towers that will provide 206 condo units and 239 rental apartments. The towers will feature a unique design that combines brick, standard glazing and curved edges.
This hub will create an innovative and much-needed Indigenous-focused space in the city, with the goal of reducing barriers to health care, employment and education in the Indigenous community.
The contract for this project is split among the different clients, resulting in a separate contract for the condo portion ($155 million) and the rental portion ($59 million).