Toronto will soon be home to Ontario’s very first purpose-built Indigenous hub, with a sprawling new health center.
A first shovelful of soil will be held Monday at the West Don Lands site, where the 2.4-acre Indigenous Center, containing the offices of Anishnawbe Health Toronto, will be built. The site, located at the southeast corner of Mill Street and Cherry Street, will also house the Miziwe Biik Training Institute and a daycare and family center operated by the City of Toronto.
Toronto’s new Indigenous Hub will stand alongside the planned 13- and 11-story Canary House mixed-use residential buildings on the southeast corner of Front and Cherry streets. The development will have 206 units with a mix of rentals and condos.
Anishnawbe Health Toronto Community Health Center will occupy a four-story building in the new center, totaling 45,000 square feet. The center will provide holistic health services integrating indigenous and western approaches.
Next to the health center will be the Miziwe Biik training institute, which will provide hands-on learning opportunities, including a new carpentry workshop. The center, which will also include tutoring classrooms, a business incubator and a daycare center, is expected to help 700 to 1,000 Indigenous people find new jobs each year.
The new health center is expected to open by the end of 2022, and the rest of the center, along with the Canary House condos, is expected to be completed in 2024.