Advocacy Projects

The HVRA has taken a lead role in a range of initiatives aimed at improving residents’ quality of life. This section contains a number of substantial reports and many photographs illustrating recent projects.

Cover of Harbord Village Green Plan, 2015Greening the Village

Read the Green Plan document and follow its implementation. See what the Harbord Village Gardeners are doing to create green and colourful spaces. Admire the reports from the 2007-9 Tree Inventory. Photos galore for all these projects.

Robert Street looking south to College, May 2016Development Issues

The HVRA helps residents deal with zoning issues, participates in City Planning studies and responds to major proposals like the ones for the Honest Ed’s site, the Spadina-Sussex residence, and the Central Tech dome. Documentation for both current and past projects is available.

Decorative brick and other Victorian features on house at 117 Robert StreetHeritage Conservation

Several blocks in Harbord Village are designated Heritage Conservation Areas. Read what that means, and enjoy the photos and descriptions. Learn about City grants, and download a free Handbook about preservation and renovation. Also go on a Historic Walk using another free guide.

Children Playing Street Hockey on Major Street (circa 1910), detail. Toronto Archives: Item 84.34 Series 2119, William James lantern slides. Harbord Village Oral History

Read a description of this prize-winning project and follow a link to its separate website: over 80 interviews with people who lived here before 1975 and many intriguing old photos.

Traffic on Borden south of Ulster during College-Bathurst intersection closure, June 2016. Photo by Merrill Swain. Urban Issues

Besides advising residents on dealing with graffiti, noise, and traffic, the HVRA has sponsored initiatives for park development, fire safety, laneway naming, and energy conservation. This section shows current news and archives past reports.