It looks like Toronto will continue to live up to its reputation as North America’s construction crane capital over the next few years. A series of 3D renderings show just how many new towers will pop up by 2030 and transform the city’s skyline as the population booms.

The images, created by Future Model Toronto’s Stephen Velasco, visualize the future of what Toronto will look like by plotting out the new and proposed developments that are in the works.

According to Velasco, there are over 220 cranes in operation, over 100 buildings over 100 m tall that are under construction, and over 300 buildings over 100 m that have been proposed. Of these developments, the vast majority are residential and mixed-use buildings.

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Some of these approved structures include supertall skyscrapers like The One and Sky Tower, both of which are well over 300 m tall.

These two super-tall buildings are closely followed by Concord Sky at Yonge and Gerrard, which is “just shy of ‘Supertall’ status,” Velasco told Curiocity in an email.

“Frank Gehry’s long-awaited Forma Condos is also entering sales, and will likely achieve construction status sometime in 2023,” he added.

Another 69-floor residential tower is also in the works near Church and Charles.

The City of Toronto’s population demographics estimates that 3.5 million people will call Toronto home by 2030, which is a 30% increase compared to today.

Because the majority of buildable land is made up of single-family homes, Toronto’s “high-density corridors” like the downtown core, Yonge and Eglinton, The Golden Mile, Don Mills and Eglinton, North York Centre, and Scarborough City Centre will get even denser.


Last year, Toronto saw record-high numbers of development applications submitted to the City of Toronto, said Velasco. However, he said that a slowdown is possible.

“Looking forward, with increasing construction and land costs, development charges, shifting economic conditions, and uncertainty surrounding market sentiment, it is (possible) that we will be seeing a slowdown in development proposals in the near future – at least in comparison to what we have seen in previous years.”

It’s hard to imagine Toronto slowing down when it comes to property development, but after what we’ve lived through the past two years, clearly, anything is possible.