"It would actually allow us to plan out our master community (on the Port Lands) and not have to pay for it all by ourselves," says Kristyn Wong-Tam, a City of Toronto councillor and a member of the Expo 2025 Canada committee hoping to bring the expo to Toronto.
She says Expo 2025 would only require about 400 acres. The underdeveloped Port Lands would fit the bill but the site would first have to be "flood-proofed by redirecting (naturalizing) the mouth of the Don River."
That is an expensive venture, particularly for the City of Toronto to do by itself. However, through the Expo 2025 project, the federal and provincial governments would be under a financial commitment to help get the work done.
"Once the expo leaves the Port Lands, then the City of Toronto would have an entire new community to build out, perhaps with some residential, mixed-use office space, while still keeping industrial uses in the area because it is still an active port," says Wong-Tam.
Without the expo, Wong-Tam believes the Port Lands development could take "double or triple" the amount of time to build out largely because it would require collaboration from various government levels. "We have a history of governments not working together."