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Master Plan

Ryerson University’s remarkable growth has been guided by our flexible, visionary Campus Master Plan, established in 2008. The plan outlines a framework for undertaking the revitalization of our campus and acting as a catalyst for change and renewal within our unique downtown community.

Ryerson 2030: Refreshing the Campus Master Plan

Ryerson and the city have grown. Through a year-long consultation process that started in 2019, we are inviting the Ryerson students, faculty and staff, and neighbouring partners to weigh in on important themes, including:

  • Student, faculty and staff campus experience
  • Accessibility 
  • Community inclusion
  • Indigenization of the campus
  • Safety on campus
  • Sustainability
  • Housing
  • Updating and future-proofing existing facilities
  • Campus branding

The feedback gained through this process will help inform future planning, design and construction

Campus Master Plan development schedule



Analysis of campus opportunities and constraints

Complete 

Space requirements and draft master plan vision

Complete 

Refine Big Moves for a draft concept plan, update goals and planning principles

Complete 

Analysis of development sites

Complete 

Updated master plan report finalized and released

Happening now! 

About the Campus Master Plan 

A campus master plan establishes a vision and framework to guide how and where the university campus will physically change in support of the university’s Academic Plan, Strategic Research Plan, and Internationalization Strategy Plan. All of this is guided by a lense of equity and inclusion, and Ryerson’s commitment to Truth and Reconciliation. For Ryerson, this change is intertwined with city building, and the opportunities and constraints of dramatic urban growth. 

A campus master plan:

  • Provides design teams, students, faculty, alumni and administration with an integrated document summarizing high level requirements and priorities for future developments.
  • Acts as a reference manual with which to monitor and manage future development, ensuring individual projects and developments fit the university’s larger vision.
  • Highlights and explores development and expansion opportunities with consideration given toward the core frameworks of built form, open space and ease of movement.

Ryerson students, faculty, staff, business owners, local organizations, neighbours, the City of Toronto, developers, donors, alumni, the board of governors. 

The updated Campus Master Plan should be finalized in Spring 2020.

The initiative is being led by Deborah Brown, vice-president, administration and operations, and Ian Mishkel, vice-president of university advancement. The project is being run by the:

  • Project Team – comprised of members of the Facilities Management and Development department together with Dialog, external link and ECS, external link Consulting Services.
  • Academic Expert Advisory Group  – a small, volunteer group of leaders from Ryerson’s planning, architecture and real estate schools who provide guidance on the master plan evolving content, and facilitate integration initiatives with academic programs
  • Steering Committee – The steering committee is comprised of division leaders from across the university. The steering committee oversees the project’s delivery, and shares information and recommendations with the executive group.
  • Executive Group – The executive group is comprised of senior leaders from both the academic and non-academic groups at Ryerson. The executive group will make final decisions on proposed recommendations.
  • You! – The project team is looking to engage all members of Ryerson and the surrounding community. Please participate in the 2019 consultations and share your campus vision for the next decade and beyond.

The Ryerson campus can be broken down into three rings of precincts:

  1. Ryerson Campus Core Precinct (Yonge St – Mutual St, Gerrard St – Dundas St) Currently, this is considered the core of campus and reflects the university’s most immediate footprint. 
  2. Ryerson Academic Precinct (Bay St. – George St., Wood St – Shuter St) The Ryerson academic precinct is slightly larger, including spaces that surround the “core campus”. It’s defined by a 10-minute walk between classes, ensuring quick trips between classes.
  3. Ryerson Housing Precinct (University Ave – Ontario St, Wellesley St. – Richmond St.) The Ryerson housing precinct is defined as a 20-minute walk to campus and is the area in which university and faculty housing can be developed. The area accommodates an easy walk to the centre of campus and Ryerson’s academic, social and recreational amenities.

Urban intensification, pedestrianization of the urban environment and a commitment to design excellence are outlined as three key goals in the PDF file2016 Master Plan Principles document.

Guiding document outlines vision and plans

PDF fileMaster Plan Principles

The Master Plan Principles document is a gateway into the principles that continue to guide campus development today. It is designed to be an accessible and graphically updated tool to help the community understand our approach to city building and managing change. Even as downtown Toronto continues its unprecedented growth, the Master Plan Principles remain current and continue to guide Ryerson through its three main goals:

  1. Urban intensification
  2. People First - pedestrianization of the urban environment
  3. A commitment to design excellence