Toronto Community Housing ReSet Program

Toronto, Ontario

Toronto Community Housing

2016 to present


SvN has been working with ERA Architects on the Toronto Community Housing “ReSet” Project, a total renewal of TCH communities where critical improvements are needed. We are currently implementing an energy retrofit of three towers, including window replacement and structural restoration, as well as a childcare addition and landscape improvements. The new daycare is the first element of the Lawrence-Orton Master Plan that will be implemented.

The ongoing design and community engagement project began with a year-long comprehensive study of the Lawrence-Orton Community in Scarborough. The SvN team was selected by community members themselves and we worked directly with the community for nearly a year on building a comprehensive understanding of the spectrum of issues and unique opportunities prevalent in Lawrence-Orton. SvN prepared a master plan for a deep retrofit of primary infrastructure issues as well as the living units, the landscapes, and the social spaces. As capital becomes available through internal (critical capital repairs) and/or external (SHARP funding through the Province or “Partner funding”) sources, elements of the master plan are being implemented.


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Housing is a core focus of our business. We design innovative and adaptable buildings and master plans that respond to the immediate and future housing needs of diverse communities and all levels of income. We have a history of initiating and realizing housing projects that fill critical gaps in the market, and that are sensitive and adaptable to evolving cultures and contexts.
Our team conducts engagement processes with clients, end-users and members of the community to understand existing conditions, identify options, negotiate solutions and secure the support of public and funding agencies. We use innovative graphic and modelling tools to illustrate architectural, urban design and planning visions to clients, stakeholders, regulators, potential investors and the public.