List of tallest buildings in Toronto
Many of the tallest buildings in Toronto are also the tallest in all of Canada. The tallest structure in Toronto is the CN Tower, which rises 553 metres (1,814 ft). The CN Tower was the tallest free-standing structure on land from 1975 until 2007. However, it is not generally considered a high-rise building as it does not have successive floors that can be occupied. The tallest habitable building in the city is First Canadian Place, which rises 298 metres (978 ft) tall in Toronto's Financial District and was completed in 1975. It also stands as the tallest building in Canada.
The history of skyscrapers in Toronto began in 1894 with the construction of the Beard Building, which is often regarded as the first skyscraper in the city. Toronto went through its first building boom in the late 1920s and early 1930s, during which the number of high-rise buildings in the city vastly increased. After this period, there was a great lull in construction between 1932 and 1964 with only a single building above 91.5 metres (300 ft) tall being built.
The city then experienced a second, much larger building boom, which was at its peak between 1967 and 1976. This period saw the construction of Canada's three tallest buildings and 6 of its top 10 (at the time). When topped off in 1967, the TD Bank Tower was the 14th tallest building in the world. The TD Tower would soon be followed by Commerce Court West, the 14th tallest building in the world at the time of its completion in 1972. Later, Canada's current tallest building, the First Canadian Place, became the sixth tallest building in the world at the time of its completion in 1975. After the mid-1970s, the pace of the boom slowed considerably but continued onto the early 1990s, culminating with the construction of the city's and Canada's second and third tallest buildings: Scotia Plaza and the TD Canada Trust Tower.
After this boom, the city went through a third, shorter lull in construction from 1993 to 2004, in which the city added only one new building to its top 20. By 2005 however, the city's third and largest high-rise construction boom began with the completion of One King Street West and has continued unabated ever since with nearly 50 planned, under construction or recently built buildings over 152.4 metres (500 ft) tall. Of the 21 buildings in Toronto taller than 200 metres, only 7 were built prior to 2010. In 2012, The St. Regis Toronto (then known as Trump International Hotel and Tower) was completed, with a top dome height of 252 m (827 ft) and an antenna height of 277 metres (908 ft), making it the fourth-tallest structure in Toronto and all of Canada. With the completion in late 2014 of Aura—which, at 78 storeys and a height of 272 m (892 ft), is the tallest residential building in Canada—the tallest building under construction is the 309-metre (1,014 ft) tall The One, also a residential building.
Natalie Alcoba of the National Post described this phenomenon as the "Manhattanization" of Toronto. In one week of 2018, Toronto's city council approved 755 storeys of new development in the city's downtown core. The Toronto skyline (especially the CN Tower) can be spotted by the naked eye during clear daylight skies from locations as far as Newmarket from the north, Clarington from the east, several points along the Niagara Escarpment from the west, and Fort Niagara State Park in the south across Lake Ontario in the U.S. state of New York.
As of January 2021, Toronto has constructed 77 skyscrapers and has a further 32 under construction and most of those should be built by 2023. Toronto also has 92 skyscrapers that are either approved or in the proposal stage. Toronto currently ranks 17th in the world with most skyscrapers already completed, 3rd in North America and 1st in Canada and ranks 4th in the world and 1st in North America with the number of skyscrapers under construction.
Ranking by standard height
There are 77 skyscrapers in Toronto that stand at least 150 m (492 ft) ranked by standard height measurement as of January 2021. This includes spires and architectural details, but does not include antenna masts. An equal sign (=) following a rank indicates the same height between two or more buildings. An asterisk (*) indicates that a building has been topped out, but not completed. The "Year" column indicates the year in which a building was completed. Freestanding observation and/or telecommunication towers, while not habitable buildings, are included for comparison purposes; however, they are not ranked. One such tower is the CN Tower.
m / ft
|N/A||CN Tower||553 / 1,815||147
|1||First Canadian Place||298 / 978||72||1975||Commercial|
|2||The St. Regis Toronto||277 / 908||58||2012||Hotel & Residential||
|3||Scotia Plaza||275 / 902||68||1988||Commercial||
|4||Aura||272 / 892||78||2014||Residential||
|5||TD Canada Trust Tower||261 / 856||53||1990||Commercial||
|6||One Bloor||257 / 844||76||2017||Residential|
|7||Commerce Court West||239 / 784||57||1972||Commercial|
|8||Harbour Plaza Residences East||237 / 778||67||2017||Residential|
|9||ICE East (ICE II)||234 / 767||67||2015||Residential|
|10=||Sky Tower Eau du Soleil||228 / 748||66||2019||Residential||
|10=||Harbour Plaza Residences West||228 / 748||63||2017||Residential|
|12||Ten York||224 / 735||65||2018||Residential|
|13||TD Bank Tower||223 / 731||56||1967||Commercial||
|14||Bay Adelaide Centre West Tower||218 / 715||51||2009||Commercial||
|15||Shangri-La Toronto||215 / 705||66||2012||Hotel & Residential||
|16||Ritz-Carlton Toronto||210 / 689||53||2011||Hotel & Residential|
|17=||Massey Tower||208 / 682||60||2019||Residential|
|17=||Bay Wellington Tower||208 / 682||49||1991||Commercial|
|19||The Residences of 488 University Avenue||207 / 679||55||2019||Residential|
|20||The L Tower||205 / 672||58||2016||Residential|
|21=||88 Scott||204 / 669||58||2017||Residential|
|21=||Four Seasons Hotel and Residences West||204 / 669||55||2012||Hotel & Residential||
|23=||YC Condos||202 / 664||62||2018||Residential|
|23=||ICE West (ICE I)||202 / 664||57||2014||Residential|
|25=||E Condos South||196 / 643||58||2019||Residential|
|25=||Bay Adelaide Centre East Tower||196 / 643||44||2016||Commercial|
|27||EY Tower||188 / 617||40||2017||Commercial|
|28=||Casa II||185 / 607||56||2016||Residential|
|28=||RBC Centre||185 / 607||42||2009||Commercial|
|30||U Condominiums - East Tower||184 / 604||56||2016||Residential|
|31||TD North Tower||183 / 600||46||1969||Commercial|
|32||Maple Leaf Square North Tower||181 / 594||54||2010||Hotel & Residential|
|33=||Casa III||180 / 590||55||2018||Residential|
|33=||Royal Bank Plaza South||180 / 590||41||1979||Commercial|
|35=||INDX Tower||179 / 587||54||2016||Residential|
|35=||Water Tower Eau Du Soleil||179 / 587||49||2019||Residential|
|37||One King West Hotel & Residence||176 / 578||51||2005||Hotel & Residential||
|38||Success Tower 1||173 / 567||55||2009||Residential|
|39||Maple Leaf Square South Tower||171 / 561||50||2010||Residential|
|40||Hullmark Centre, North Tower||168 / 551||45||2014||Residential||
|41=||44 Charles Street West||166 / 544||51||1972||Residential|
|41=||The Selby||166 / 544||49||2019||Residential|
|41=||Karma Condos||166 / 544||50||2016||Residential|
|44||Quantum 2||165 / 541||54||2008||Residential|
|45=||Residences of College Park North||163 / 535||51||2006||Residential|
|45=||Burano||163 / 535||50||2012||Residential|
|45=||One York Street||163 / 535||35||2016||Commercial|
|48=||Success Tower 1||162 / 531||52||2011||Residential|
|48=||Lago at the Waterfront||162 / 531||49||2016||Residential|
|50=||X2||161 / 528||49||2015||Residential|
|50=||FIVE||161 / 528||48||2016||Residential|
|52=||The Uptown Residences||160 / 524||48||2011||Residential|
|52=||Delta Toronto Hotel||160 / 524||47||2014||Hotel|
|54=||Grid Condos||158 / 518||50||2019||Residential|
|54=||Three Hundred||158 / 518||52||2014||Residential|
|56=||Theatre Park||157 / 515||51||2015||Residential|
|56=||Festival Tower||157 / 515||42||2011||Residential|
|58=||Dundas Square Gardens||156 / 511||50||2019||Residential|
|58=||87 Peter (Noir Condominiums)||156 / 511||49||2018||Residential|
|58=||King Blue Condominiums, Tower 2||156 / 511||49||2019||Residential|
|61||16 York||155 / 508||32||2019||Commercial|
|62=||U Condominiums||154 / 505||46||2015||Residential|
|62=||TD South Tower||154 / 505||39||1985||Commercial|
|64=||West One||153 / 501||49||2007||Residential|
|64=||35 Mariner||153 / 501||49||2005||Residential|
|64=||Westlake I||153 / 501||48||2015||Residential|
|64=||Montage||153 / 501||48||2009||Residential|
|68=||Chaz Yorkville||151 / 495||47||2015||Residential|
|68=||Star Tower||151 / 495||44||2012||Residential|
|68=||Cadillac Fairview Tower||151 / 495||36||1981||Commercial|
|68=||The 250||151 / 495||35||1992||Commercial|
|72||Monde||150 / 492||44||2018||Residential|
Ranking by pinnacle height
Skyscrapers and other structures may also be measured based on their pinnacle height, which includes radio masts and antennas. As architectural features and spires can be regarded as subjective, some skyscraper enthusiasts prefer this method of measurement. Standard architectural height measurement, which excludes antennas in building height, is included for comparative purposes.
m / ft
m / ft
|1||CN Tower||553 / 1,815||457 / 1,499||1976|||
|2||First Canadian Place||355 / 1,165||298 / 978||1975|||
|3||Commerce Court West||287 / 942||239 / 784||1972|||
|4||The St. Regis Toronto||277 / 908||277 / 908||2012|||
|5||Scotia Plaza||275 / 902||275 / 902||1988|||
|6||Aura||272 / 892||272 / 892||2014|
|7||TD Canada Trust Tower||261 / 856||227 / 745||1992|||
|8||One Bloor||257 / 844||257 / 844||2017|
|9||Harbour Plaza Residences East||237 / 778||237 / 778||2017|
|10||ICE East (ICE II)||234 / 768||234 / 768||2015|
|11||Sky Tower Eau du Soleil||228 / 748||228 / 748||2019|
|12||Harbour Plaza Residences West||228 / 748||228 / 748||2017|
|13||Ten York||224 / 735||224 / 735||2018|
|14||TD Bank Tower||223 / 731||223 / 731||1969|||
|15||Bay Adelaide Centre West Tower||218 / 715||218 / 715||2009|
|16||Shangri-La Toronto||215 / 705||215 / 705||2012|
|17||Ritz-Carlton Toronto||210 / 688||210 / 688||2011|||
|18||Massey Tower||208 / 682||208 / 682||2019|
|19||Bay Wellington Tower||208 / 682||208 / 682||1992|||
|20||The Residences of 488 University Avenue||207 / 679||207 / 679||2019|
|21||L Tower||205 / 672||205 / 672||2016|
|22||88 Scott||204 / 669||204 / 669||2017|
|23||Four Seasons Hotel and Residences||204 / 669||204 / 669||2012|
|24||YC Condos||202 / 663||202 / 663||2018|
|25||ICE West (ICE I)||202 / 663||202 / 663||2015|
There are 35 buildings under construction in Toronto that are planned to rise at least 150 m (492 ft) as of January 2021.
m / ft
|1||Sky Tower||312 / 1,024||95||2024||Upon completion, it will become the tallest building by standard height in Canada.|
|2||The One||309 / 1,014||85||2023||Upon completion, it will become first 300+ metre skyscraper by standard height in Canada, surpassing the First Canadian Place.|
|3||YSL Residences||299 / 981||85||on hold||on hold|
|4||160 Front Office Tower||240 / 787||46||2023|
|5||CIBC Square II I||241/ 780||49||2023||Topped out|
|6||Concord Canada House B||233 / 765||69||2022|
|7||Sugar Wharf Condominiums, Phase 1, Tower 1||231 / 757||70||2022|
|8||Sugar Wharf Condominiums, Phase 1, Tower 2||219 / 718||65||2022|
|9||The Prestige||217 / 711||65||2022||Part of the One Yonge development on the site of the Toronto Star Building|
|10||11 Yorkville Avenue||212 / 697||62||2024|
|11||Concord Canada House A||206 / 675||59||2022|
|12||Wellesley on the Park||194 / 636||60||2020||Completed|
|13||2221 Yonge Condos||193 / 633||58||2020|
|14||19 Duncan||187 / 613||58||2021|
|15||The Rosedale on Bloor||186 / 610||55||2021|
|16||1 Yorkville||183 / 600||58||2020|
|17||Water's Edge at the Cove||182 / 597||56||2021|
|18||VITA on the Lake||177 / 580||54||2021|
|19||The Well Office Tower||174 / 570||36||2021|
|20||TeaHouse 501 Yonge Condominiums, Tower I||171 / 561||52||2020||Topped Out|
|21||8 Cumberland||171 / 561||51||2022|
|22||Social at Church and Dundas||165 / 541||52||2022|
|23||RIU Plaza Hotel||157 / 515||49||2022|
|24||Theatre District Hotel & Condos||157 / 515||48||2022|
|25||PJ Condos||157 / 515||48||2020||Topped Out|
|26||The Well Condominium Tower F||157 / 515||46||2021|
|27||Nobu Residences 1||157 / 515||45||2022|
|28||Nobu Residences 2||157 / 515||45||2022|
|29||Daniels Waterfront, Lighthouse Tower West||156 / 511||48||2020|
|30||E2 at E Place||156 / 511||46||2022||Construction began on July 1, 2017|
|31||Yonge & Rich Condominiums||156 / 511||46||2020||Topped Out|
|32||Peter and Adelaide||152 / 498||47||2023|
Timeline of tallest buildings
|Name||Street address||Years as tallest||Height
m / ft
|Beard Building||163 King Street East||1894–1896||30 / 98||7|||
|Temple Building||62 Richmond Street West||1896–1906||40 / 131||10|||
|Trader's Bank Building||67 Yonge Street||1906–1912||60 / 197||15|||
|Canadian Pacific Building||69 Yonge Street||1912–1915||65 / 213||15|||
|Royal Bank Building||2 King Street East||1915–1928||89 / 295||20|||
|Sterling Tower||372 Bay Street||1928–1929||90 / 313||21|||
|Royal York Hotel||100 Front Street West||1929–1931||124 / 407||28|||
|Commerce Court North||25 King Street West||1931–1967||145 / 476||34|||
|Toronto-Dominion Bank Tower||66 Wellington Street West||1967–1972||223 / 731||56|||
|Commerce Court West||199 Bay Street||1972–1975||239 / 784||57|||
|First Canadian Place||100 King Street West||1975–present||298 / 978||72|||
- List of tallest buildings in Canada
- List of tallest buildings in Ottawa–Gatineau
- List of tallest buildings in Hamilton, Ontario
- List of tallest buildings in Mississauga
- List of tallest buildings in Niagara Falls, Ontario
- List of tallest buildings in London, Ontario
- List of tallest buildings in Windsor, Ontario
- Architecture of Toronto
- Eaton's / John Maryon Tower in Downtown Toronto, which was proposed to be the world's tallest building at the time, later replaced with College Park
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