ABOUT US

Yonge-Dundas Square is a unique focal point of the downtown Toronto community. The Square is designated for use as a public open space and as an event venue that can accommodate events of various sizes. You'll discover a wide range of activities on the Square: community celebrations, theatrical events, concerts, receptions, promotions – events that appeal to residents and tourists alike and provide a showcase for local businesses. 

MISSION

The mission of the Yonge-Dundas Square Board of Management is to responsibly manage Yonge-Dundas Square and enhance the vitality of downtown; to launch, promote, and operate Yonge-Dundas Square as an exciting commercial space borne from the passion of its community and the energy of commercial participation, so as to develop a positive perception by way of its activities, security, and cleanliness.  .

EVENT CAPABILITIES

Yonge-Dundas Square is a 1 acre outdoor public and event space at the intersection of Yonge Street and Dundas Street. The Square draws visitors from across the city and around the world, bringing a vibrant energy to the neighborhood. The space has been host to thousands of events ranging from community festivals to product launches, international celebrations and more! 

Our team of experienced event coordinators and service providers work closely with each client to ensure the successful execution of their event.  

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HISTORY

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.

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.

 
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PUBLIC USE & FACILITIES

 

The Square is a place where friends meet, enjoy the dancing fountains, take advantage of free Wi-Fi, or catch a free concert. We are also home to accessible washroom spaces located on the P1 level.

SECURITY AND SAFETY

Yonge-Dundas Square is a safe space for all to enjoy the wide range of activities offered, and we ask for your cooperation in maintaining a welcoming environment. Our security staff is on site 24/7, and is ready to assist if you see something out of the ordinary or in the event of an emergency.

 
 
 

OUR SPONSOR

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 115 countries and selling more than 4.8 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature engaging performance, design that makes the heart beat, passive and active safety features and easy-to-use technology, all at a value. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.ca, on Facebook, or by following @ChevroletCanada on Twitter.

 

AFFILIATED AGENCIES

 

TORONTO TRANSIT COMMISSION

The Square is situated above Dundas Station on the Yonge-University Line of the TTC. For more information, please visit the TTC website.

TORONTO PARKING AUTHORITY

The Square is constructed on top of a 250-space parking facility operated by the Toronto Parking Authority. The entrance to the parking garage is located at the corner of Victoria Street and Dundas Streets, and is also accessible by elevator on the north side of the Square.