The City of Toronto’s Official Plan sets out the vision for a vibrant, competitive, safe and livable downtown. In 1996, the Yonge Street Regeneration Project was initiated by a partnership between the Yonge Street Business and Residents Association and the City of Toronto. At the heart of the city, the area surrounding Yonge and Dundas was targeted for significant improvements.

The objectives of the Yonge Street Regeneration Project were to create a renewed sense of place, attract additional retail and entertainment development to the area and to improve its appearance and safety. The center-piece of the Regeneration Project was the creation of a new public space at the southeast corner of Yonge and Dundas Streets.

In 1998, the City of Toronto launched a competition to design Yonge-Dundas Square and the Toronto firm Brown + Storey Architects was selected to design the new public space.

Yonge-Dundas Square was created as a unique focal point of the area, and designated for use as a public open space and event venue that can accommodate events of various sizes. A wide range of activities - community celebrations, theatrical events, concerts, receptions, promotions - would appeal to residents and tourists alike and showcase local businesses.

A unique aspect of the Square is that it is not operated like other Civic Squares in the city. City Council decided to install a Board of Management to operate Yonge-Dundas Square as a business venture. The first Board of Management for the Square was appointed in 2001.

Yonge-Dundas Square was opened to the public in November 2002 with a sneak preview of one of the Square’s key design elements in motion. Twenty fountains, a spectacle of water and light, set the stage at Yonge-Dundas Square. The preview was the first opportunity for the public to see the Square come alive before its official opening in 2003.

In 2017, Yonge-Dundas Square embarked on a new partnership with OUTFRONT Media to provide new permanent digital signage and technologies on the Square. This marked the first major capital investment in the space since it’s construction, and the first public-private partnership of its kind in Canada.

Yonge-Dundas Square Board of Management is an agency of the City of Toronto.

 

  • Yonge-Dundas Square is located at one of Canada’s busiest intersections.
  • The Yonge-Dundas Square influence area contains over 21,000 residents. Each day over 860,000 people enter the influence area to work.
  • Retailers employ over 14,000 people in over 3,800 retail outlets within the influence area.
  • There are over 500 restaurants within walking distance.
  • The Square is adjacent to the Toronto Eaton Centre, Canada’s busiest shopping centre and top tourist destination with over 52 million visitors annually.
  • The Square is minutes from several major attractions including the CN Tower, Skydome, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Royal Ontario Museum, the Elgin Theatre, the Canon Theatre, the Air Canada Centre, Ripley's Aquarium of Canada, the Princess of Wales Theatre, the Royal Alexandra Theatre, the Hummingbird Centre, the Hockey Hall of Fame and the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
  • The Square is connected to the PATH, the world’s largest underground shopping complex with 27 km (16 miles) of shopping arcades.
  • The Square has a direct entrance to Dundas Subway Station, is located on the Dundas Streetcar line and all night Yonge Street bus line. The Square is also situated atop a 250 spot parking garage.
  • The Yonge-Dundas Square influence area contains the highest concentration of hotels within the GTA with a total of more than 10,000 rooms.
  • Two major Universities are within the influence area – Ryerson and the University of Toronto with a combined full-time attendance of 56,000 students

Daily Intersection traffic (source: Branded Cities, 2016)

146,200 pedestrians

Dundas Station Platform Usage Count (source: TTC, 2015)

61,692 daily

Event Specific Attendance, 2017

1,346,296

Total Annual Venue Circulation (source: Clear Channel Outdoor, 2003)

28,506,500 visitors

Demographics (source: Cadillac Fairview 2001 Intercept study – Toronto Eaton Centre)

  • 60% female - 40 % male
  • average age: 33
  • average household income: $57, 500
  • occupation: majority are professional, white collar workers
  • expenditures in Eaton Centre each visit: $80

Yonge-Dundas Square is a unique partnership between the City of Toronto and business and residential communities, including the Downtown Yonge Business Improvement Area.

A volunteer Board of Management appointed by Toronto City Council operates the Square. Members include local business and community leaders and City of Toronto representatives: 

MEMBERS 

Councillor for Ward 27 – Toronto Centre-Rosedale 
Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam

Downtown Yonge Business Improvement Area 
Sheila Jennings

Najib Rahma

Member of a Residents’ Association (McGill-Granby Village) 
Ian Gemmell

Ryerson University 
Trisha Rinneard

Massey Hall
Stefania Paterak

Citizen Appointees

Michael Fenton

Andreas Kalogiannides

Michael Ma

Jan Mollenhauer (Chair)

Nick Kadysh

EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS

One member nominated by the Toronto Parking Authority, who shall be a staff member acting in an ex officio capacity:

Pat Lanni, Senior Engineer Toronto Parking Authority

Three staff members including one employee of the Police Services Board and two City staff, who shall all be ex officio members without a vote:

Antoanela Culcearu, Facilities Manager City Hall

Mike Major, Manager, Business Improvement Areas

Staff Sgt Matt Moyer, Toronto Police Services

 

UPCOMING BOARD OF MANAGEMENT MEETINGS

Thursday March 22nd 2018 – 9:00-11:00, Arts and Letters Club

Thursday May 3rd 2018 – 9:00-11:00, Toronto City Hall, Committee Room #3

Thursday June 21st 2018 – 9:00-11:00, Toronto City Hall, Committee Room #3

Thursday September 6th 2018 – 9:00-11:00, Toronto City Hall, Committee Room #4

Thursday October 18th 2018 – 9:00-11:00, Arts and Letters Club, 14 Elm Street, Toronto

Thursday December 6th 2018 – 9:00-11:00, Toronto City Hall, Committee Room #4

 

For more information about these meetings, please email info@ydsquare.ca

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