Light Up the Laneways is a multi-phase demonstration project that is establishing a best-practice precedent for the planning and implementation of laneway revitalizations in Toronto. The project takes what we’ve learned from Torontonians about the essential ingredients for a vibrant, living laneway and puts it into action - starting with pedestrian-friendly lighting, and boosting it with street art, urban greening and furniture to create safe, vibrant welcoming shared spaces.

We’re doing the project’s Pilot Phase in the Ossington and Bloordale neighbourhoods, in collaboration with the Ossington BIA, Ossington Community Association, Bloordale BIA and Bloordale Community Improvement Association. Watch us over the course of Summer 2019 as we install new planters, murals and lighting fixtures to transform the two pilot sites into beautiful, illuminated pedestrian- and cyclist-friendly spaces, filled community life for neighbours to enjoy day and night.

Read our official comment on the unauthorized painting that occurred in the Ossington Laneway on Sept 11.

News and Next Steps

The Light Up the Laneways Pilot Phase is now fully funded, and moving full-steam ahead! The new lighting fixtures and solar arrays, street art murals, and planters filled with native and locally-adapted vegetation will be installed from late August through late September 2019. Sign up for our newsletter or follow us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram to get the latest project updates.

We’re already starting to think about Phase 2, which will refine and scale up the Light Up the Laneways model in 10 more Toronto laneways over the course of 2019-21. If you’d like to help make #LightUptheLaneways a reality in even more Toronto neighbourhoods, please email us at to request a comprehensive sponsorship package.

Special thanks to our Pilot Phase sponsors:

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