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202 Jarvis Street

Rendering of future student gallery view from Dundas Street East facing northwest.

Ryerson University is preparing to move forward with a new project that will provide additional academic space for our community, most of all the Faculty of Science. The university has submitted an application to rezone a surface parking lot at 202 Jarvis Street so that Ryerson can build when funding becomes available. The property represents a significant opportunity for Ryerson to expand its campus vertically and provide needed space to meet demands for growth.

Programming vision and imperative 

Ryerson is proposing an innovative mixed-use building that includes an institutional base, a residential tower, and retail and institutional service space on the ground floor. The academic portion will provide classroom and learning space, research labs and support space and departmental offices. The building would feature:

  • An 13-storey base building with classrooms and research laboratories
  • A 29-storey residential tower with 500+ dormitory-style beds
  • Retail, café and common areas and additional classroom and service areas at grade.

Planning goals

The project reflects the seven goals of Ryerson’s Master Plan:

  • An urban campus
  • A welcoming campus
  • A vibrant and animated campus
  • A campus with a strong sense of identity
  • A place of scholarly, research and creative activity
  • A quality environment
  • A place of health and wellbeing

The journey to get the project underway

Stage Current Timeline Status

Application preparation

Oct. 2018 - Dec. 2018

Complete 

Rezoning and Official Plan Amendment review

Dec. 2018 - Summer 2020

Happening now 

Schematic design and site plan amendment preparation

Spring - Summer 2020

Happening now 

Site plan amendment review

Fall 2020 - Summer 2021


Building permit application



Incorporating your feedback

Since 2017, Ryerson has been collecting community feedback to support the project’s application with the City of Toronto. These ongoing discussions also help with planning, design and development of this project. 

In 2019 Ryerson completed some well-attended community consultations that introduced preliminary concept designs to our stakeholders:

City-led public meeting

On June 4, 2019, Ryerson and city staff welcomed community members to the 202 Jarvis Street community consultation meeting focused on the rezoning submission. City staff reviewed the agenda and noted the purpose of this meeting was to: 

  • Provide information on the 202 Jarvis development proposal.
  • Receive comments from the public as input into the review of the Rezoning Application.

The event was attended by an estimated 30-35 individuals and involved a combination of city- and consultant-led presentations and thematic roundtable discussions. Through the roundtable discussions, attendees had their comments, questions and concerns documented and answered. Five major themes emerged when citizens responded to the 202 Jarvis development proposal: 

  1. Automobile transportation 
  2. Design and infrastructure 
  3. Space programming 
  4. Public realm
  5. Safety and security

No decision has been given yet on the 202 Jarvis application. The City of Toronto continues to review the submission materials.

Student engagement event

On June 5, 2019, Ryerson staff and consultants also welcomed Ryerson students, faculty and staff to a pop-up open-house event introducing the next phase of campus expansion. Sets of display panels were presented in a major activity hub, the Student Learning Centre (SLC), for a large number of participants to view the information, learn about the project and have their questions answered by the design team. In total,  approximately 50-70 people engaged in the pop-up and over 30 unique comments and questions were documented.

Six major themes emerged when reviewing the Ryerson community’s responses to the 202 Jarvis information session: 

  1. Bicycle transportation 
  2. Design and infrastructure
  3. Space programming 
  4. Project phasing 
  5. Public realm
  6. Safety and security
Diagram of the building's footprint with the flow of movement around it and locations of public transit stops.
  • The proposed building is designed to promote active forms of transportation by improving the pedestrian experience with an outward-looking building that interacts with its surroundings. It features a generous number of  bicycle parking spaces.
  • The location has several public transit options with an east-west streetcar (505 Dundas) and north-south bus (141 Downtown/Mt Pleasant Express) that provide links to the subway, which is also within walking distance.
  • Vehicular access is provided via Jarvis Street with service and loading activities taking place underground to minimize the impact of the building on surface movement.
  • There is sufficient capacity in nearby public and Ryerson-owned lots to absorb the removal of the parking lot.
  • The landscape design is an extension and fulfilment of Ryerson University’s Public Realm Plan, creating a pathway towards the campus core at Gould Plaza.
  • Connected open spaces create a linear connection through the site, and active frontages with entries on three sides of the outward-looking façades.
  • The main floor lobby contains informal and event-style learning spaces, a café and retail components.
  • Open spaces are inviting and accessible to the university community, visitors and the general public.
  • Design elements improve the Dundas Street frontage with landscaping and amenities.
  • The proposed, mixed-use building is designed to respect the context of the built environment around it. 
    • The large podium structure of the main academic complex reflects the built form of the north and west streets.
    • The slim tower design mirrors the neighbouring towers while reducing its shadow impact and meeting City of Toronto Tall Building Guidelines.
  • The development responds to City policy for fostering growth and development in the Church-Jarvis corridor.


For comments or questions about this project, please contact Nic de Salaberry, director, planning and development, by email at or by phone at 647-824-7165.