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


The Laneway Project is a non-profit planning & placemaking firm dedicated to bringing laneways to life. 

We work to demonstrate best practices and spur policy changes that transform laneways into vibrant spaces that are alive with arts and culture, commerce, recreation and community.  

Our mandate is to: 

  • Work in partnership with the development and design community to create vibrant, complete public spaces.  

  • Support the City and other stakeholders in creating 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