The Centre for Landscape Research supported the development of the City of Toronto's first Resilience Strategy by conducting research and visualizations, as well as by mounting a public exhibition and launch event. The strategy is a vision to help Toronto survive, adapt, and thrive in the face of climate change and growing inequities. Based on engagement with over 8,000 Torontonians, Toronto’s Resilience Strategy was created to help shape future plans, and drive action within the City of Toronto.
The CLR mounted a public exhibition that features the Resilience Strategy's three focus areas —Resilient People and Neighbourhoods, Resilient Design and Infrastructure, and Leading a Resilient City— It traced political, cultural, and physical manifestations of resilience, design, and infrastructure across Toronto. The exhibition also featured work that includes resilient design and urbanism projects from students and faculty from the University of Toronto’s Daniels Faculty and the School of Cities.
This led to the creation of the “Flood Resilient Toronto Charter”. Nearly 20 major agencies signed a charter with a pledge to reduce urban flooding as the city struggles to absorb extreme rainfall. The “Flood Resilient Toronto Charter” could, for the first time, see city and provincial offices break out of their traditional silos and collaborate to fast-track innovative flood-protection projects. TheCLR was among the charter signatories, which included leaders in Toronto’s water, planning, building, transportation, engineering and construction divisions, as well as the TTC, Toronto Hydro, Metrolinx and the Toronto andRegion Conservation Authority, the provincial environment ministry, and ConservationOntario.