We're tapping into the potential of Toronto's Laneways


The Laneway Project is a planning & placemaking organization committed to laneway transformation. 

We work with local communities and stakeholders to transform laneways into safe, vibrant, people-friendly spaces.

Our mandate is to: 

  • Plan and implement demonstration projects to improve and activate laneways throughout the city.
  • Work with the City and other stakeholders to create laneway friendly policies and procedures.
  • Inspire, empower and support communities in undertaking their own laneway improvement projects.



Why we do this?

Laneways have a huge amount of untapped potential. While currently acting primarily as service corridors, when planned and designed effectively they can be integral and multi-purpose parts of our public realm. Laneways can provide extensive cultural, economic, social, health and environmental benefits. They can play a role in creating engaging, lively and richly textured places where people want to live, work and visit.

Improvements to laneways can provide:

  1. Increased walkability and connectivity
  2. New venues for community events and entertainment
  3. Increased space for informal physical activity
  4. New public and green spaces close to home
  5. A canvas for public art and interventions
  6. Unique destinations
  7. Patios
  8. Pop-up shops and micro-business opportunities
Back alleys, neglected courtyards, and stairways may escape our notice…yet if they are claimed, and owned, and developed, they can be harnessed to strengthen and enrich their communities.
— Placemaking and the Future of Cities, Project for Public Spaces