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Anishnawbe Health Toronto breaks ground on Ontario’s first Indigenous Hub

Designed by BDP Quadrangle, Stantec, ERA and Two Row, the building complex occupies a 2.4-acre downtown site, and is poised to be one of the first mixed-use, purpose-built Indigenous Hubs in the country.

On National Indigenous Peoples Day, the Indigenous community in Toronto, with its allies and partners, celebrate the groundbreaking on Ontario’s first mixed-used Indigenous Hub, in Toronto’s West Don Lands.

Courtesy BDP Quadrangle

Designed by BDP Quadrangle, Stantec, ERA and Two Row, the building complex is poised to be one of the first mixed-use, purpose-built Indigenous Hubs in the country and the first in the province. The 2.4-acre Indigenous Hub spans an entire city block at Front and Cherry Streets in the West Don Lands.

BDP Quadrangle leads the design of the project, with the collaboration of Stantec on the Indigenous Community Health Centre, ERA Architects on the restoration of the Canary Restaurant Building, and Two Row Architect providing Indigenous Consulting.

Courtesy BDP Quadrangle

The Hub will include the new home of Anishnawbe Health Toronto (AHT), the Miziwe Biik Training Institute, a childcare and family centre operated by the City of Toronto, the Canary House mixed-use condominium building, and a restored Canary heritage building—all developed by Dream Unlimited and Kilmer Group. A separate purpose-built rental building is being developed by Dream, Kilmer and Tricon Residential. 

The four-storey, 45,000-square-foot Anishnawbe Health Toronto Community Health Centre will offer holistic health programs and services that integrate Indigenous and Western approaches. The construction of the Health Centre will be funded by the Ministry of Health with community support from donors through Anishnawbe Health Foundation. 

Courtesy BDP Quadrangle

Neighbouring the health centre is the Miziwe Biik Training Institute, which will serve as an employment and training partner. The new building will offer a hands-on carpentry workshop, tutoring classrooms, a business incubator and other multi-purpose training spaces for programming and gatherings, as well as a childcare and family centre operated by the City of Toronto. The Institute will enable Miziwe Biik to double its physical space, helping to support 700 to 1,000 Indigenous people secure new jobs annually. 

The new home for the Health Centre is scheduled to open by the end of 2022, while the rest of the Indigenous Hub’s completion is slated for 2024.

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