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Toronto Catholic District School Board

Introducing Bishop Macdonell Catholic Elementary School at Canoe Landing


Bishop Macdonell Catholic Elementary
School Community Meeting 

  • Thursday, May 3
  • 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Concord Cityplace Presentation Centre
  • 23 Spadina Avenue (at Bremner)

Please click here to download a Community Consultation flyer


Alexander Macdonell began his service as the first Roman Catholic Bishop at St Raphael's Church in the Highlands of Ontario in 1815. This parish established the foothold of Catholicism in the region. In 1819 he was appointed Vicar Apostolic of Upper Canada, which in 1826 was erected into a bishopric. In 1826, he was appointed to the legislative council. He founded churches and schools and organised the settlement. In 1846 he established Regiopolis College, which offered academic and theological training to Roman Catholic youth.  

The new TCDSB school, named for Bishop Macdonell, will be part of a larger multi-use facility, will have a capacity for 550 students, and is slated to open in September 2019.

Canoe Landing Redevelopment

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The City of Toronto, the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) and the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) are collaborating to build a multi-use community facility next to Canoe Landing Park. This new facility will include: 
  • Canoe Landing Community Recreation Centre
  • Canoe Landing Child Care Centre
  • Bishop Macdonell Catholic Elementary School, serving 550 children from kindergarten to grade eight
  • Jean Lumb Public School, serving 550 children from kindergarten to grade eight.
Construction on the site began in 2017, with completion of the schools scheduled for the fall of 2019.


The City entered into an Umbrella Agreement in 1994 with Canadian National Railways, the Toronto Catholic District School Board and the Toronto District School Board for the purpose of collecting development levies for the construction of a community centre, child care centre and separate elementary schools.
The new facility, totaling approximately 163,500 square feet (15,190 square meters), will be developed into a multi-storey facility on the currently vacant land.
The current funding amount is $67.45 million.


Canoe Landing is located on the last parcel of the Railway Lands, south of Fort York Boulevard, between Canoe Landing Park and Brunel Court, just west of Spadina Avenue and north of the Gardiner Expressway. 

​Construction Schedule

  • Building Permit Submission: January 16, 2016
  • Issue Tender Documents: January 16, 2017
  • Tender Closing: February 28, 2017
  • Contract Award: June 30, 2017
  • Commence Construction: July 11, 2017
The allocation of time for the construction work is now reduced to 24 months from 27 months.
The General Contractor will be responsible for delivering this work within 24 months. The following milestone targets remain the same:
  • Substantial Performance: June 14, 2019
  • Occupancy & Open to students: September 01, 2019
  • Certificate of Completion: June 12, 2020