List of tallest buildings in Toronto
This list of tallest buildings in Toronto ranks skyscrapers in the Canadian city of Toronto, Ontario by height. 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 finished, the TD Tower was the 14th tallest building in the world (1967). 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 6th 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 2nd and 3rd 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 150 m/500 ft tall. Of the 15 buildings in Toronto taller than 200 metres, only 6 were built prior to 2000.
As of June 2016, Toronto is the site of 16 buildings over 200 m, 49 buildings over 150 m (492 ft) tall, and a total of 2,296 high-rise buildings city wide, the second most for any city in North America after New York City. As of January 2015, Toronto is building more towers than any other city in North America except New York City, with at least 91 high-rise buildings under construction.
Toronto has been the site of several major skyscraper construction projects in the 2010s, and ranked first on the continent in the number of high-rise buildings under construction for much of this time. In 2012, the 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 highest residential building in Canada—the tallest building under construction is the 257 metre (844 ft) tall One Bloor. As of April 2015, there are 303 high-rise buildings under construction, proposed for construction, or approved for construction in the city.
The following is a list of Toronto skyscrapers that stand at least 153 m (500 ft) and 16 buildings over 200 m tall, ranked by standard height measurement. 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. 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[N 1]||553 / 1,815||147
|1||First Canadian Place||298 / 978||72||1976||Commercial|
|2||Trump International Hotel and Tower||277 / 908||57||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 East||257 / 844||76||2016||Residential|
|7||Commerce Court West||239 / 784||57||1972||Commercial|
|8||ICE East (ICE II)||234 / 768||67||2015||Residential|
|9||Toronto-Dominion Tower||223 / 731||56||1967||Commercial||
|10||Bay Adelaide Centre West Tower||218 / 715||51||2009||Commercial||
|11||Shangri-La Toronto||215 / 705||65||2012||Hotel & Residential||
|12||Ritz-Carlton Toronto||210 / 689||53||2011||Hotel & Residential|
|13||Bay Wellington Tower||208 / 682||49||1991||Commercial|
|14||The L Tower||205 / 672||62||2016||Residential|
|15||Four Seasons Hotel and Residences West||204 / 669||52||2011||Hotel & Residential||
|16||ICE West (ICE I)||202 / 663||57||2015||Residential|
|17||Bay Adelaide Centre East Tower||190 / 623||44||2016||Commercial|
|18||Ernst & Young Tower||188 / 617||40||2016||Commercial|
|19||Casa II||187 / 614||57||2016||Residential|
|20=||Maple Leaf Square North Tower||186 / 610||54||2010||Hotel & Residential|
|20=||RBC Centre||186 / 610||42||2009||Commercial|
|22||U Condos, East Tower||184 / 604||56||2015||Residential|
|23||Royal Trust Tower||183 / 600||46||1969||Commercial|
|24||Royal Bank Plaza South||180 / 591||40||1979||Commercial|
|25||INDX Tower||179 / 587||51||2016||Residential|
|26||One King Street West||176 / 578||51||2005||Hotel & Residential||
|27||Maple Leaf Square South Tower||174 / 571||50||2010||Residential|
|28||Karma||170 / 558||52||2016||Residential|
|29||Lago at the Waterfront||168 / 550||49||2016||Residential|
|30||44 Charles Street West||166 / 545||51||1972||Residential|
|31=||Quantum 2||165 / 541||54||2009||Residential|
|31=||Hullmark Centre, North Tower||165 / 541||45||2014||Residential||
|33=||Residences of College Park North||163 / 535||51||2006||Residential|
|33=||One York Street||163 / 535||35||2016||Commercial|
|35||Success Tower 1||162 / 531||54||2009||Residential|
|36||X2||161 / 528||49||2015||Residential|
|37=||Burano||160 / 524||50||2012||Residential|
|37=||FIVE condos||160 / 524||48||2016||Residential|
|37=||Southcore Financial Centre Delta Hotel||160 / 524||47||2014||Hotel|
|40||Success Tower 2||159 / 521||52||2011||Residential|
|41=||300 Front St. West||158 / 518||52||2014||Residential|
|41=||The Uptown Residences||158 / 518||48||2011||Residential|
|43=||Theatre Park||157 / 515||47||2015||Residential|
|43=||Festival Tower||157 / 515||42||2011||Residential|
|45||TD Waterhouse Tower||154 / 505||39||1985||Commercial|
|46=||35 Mariner||153 / 501||49||2005||Residential|
|46=||Montage||153 / 501||48||2009||Residential|
|46=||Westlake Village 1||153 / 501||48||2014||Residential|
|46=||U Condos, West Tower||153 / 501||46||2015||Residential|
Tallest buildings and structures by pinnacle height
This list ranks Toronto skyscrapers and other structures 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||Trump International Hotel and Tower||277 / 908||277 / 908||2012|||
|5||Scotia Plaza||275 / 902||275 / 902||1988|||
|6||TD Canada Trust Tower||263 / 862||227 / 745||1992|||
|7||Toronto-Dominion Bank Tower||223 / 732||223 / 732||1969|||
|8||Bay Adelaide Centre||218 / 715||218 / 715||2009|
|9||Shangri-La Toronto||214 / 702||214 /702||2012|
|10||Ritz-Carlton Toronto||210 / 688||210 / 688||2011|||
|11||Bay Wellington Tower||208 / 682||208 / 682||1992|||
|12||Four Seasons Hotel and Residences||204 / 669||204 / 669||2012|
|13||Maple Leaf Square||186 / 618||186 / 618||2010|
|14||Royal Trust Tower||183 / 600||183 / 600||1969|||
|15||Royal Bank Plaza||180 / 591||180 / 591||1976 & 1979|||
Tallest under construction, approved, and proposed
The following is a list of buildings that are under construction in Toronto and are planned to rise at least 153 metres (500 ft).
m / ft
|Harbour Plaza Residences East||233 / 764||66||2017|
|Sky Tower Eau du Soleil||228 / 748||66||2017|
|Ten York||224 / 735||65||2017||Joint venture with civic agency at 10 York Street|
|Harbour Plaza Residences West||224 / 735||62||2017|
|The Residences of 488 University Avenue||207 / 679||58||2017|
|Massey Tower||207 / 679||55||2017|
|88 Scott||204 / 669||55||2017|
|YC Condos||198 / 649||63||2019|
|e Condos Tower 1||196 / 643||58||2017|
|Wellesley on the Park||194 / 637||60||2017|
|21 Yonge||192 / 632||58||2019|
|1 Yorkville||183 / 600||58||2019|
|Casa III||180 / 590||55||2017|
|Water Tower Eau du Soleil||179 / 587||49||2017|
|TeaHouse 501 Yonge Condominiums||174 / 570||54||2019|
|The Selby||166 / 545||50||2018|
|Noir Condominiums (87 Peter)||156 / 512||49||2017|
|King Blue Condominiums, Tower 1||156 / 512||48||2018|
|Daniels Waterfront, Lighthouse Tower||155 / 509||48||2019|
|Yonge & Rich Condominiums||154 / 505||45||2019|
The following is a list of buildings that are approved in Toronto and are planned to rise at least 153 metres (500 ft).
m / ft
|Mirvish+Gehry - West Tower||305 / 1000||92||2021||Construction will begin in 2017 and will be completed by 2021. Once completed, this will be Canada's tallest building.|
|Mirvish+Gehry - East Tower||275 / 902||82||2021||Construction will begin in 2016 and will be completed by 2021.|
|156 Front Condo Tower||265 / 869||54||2021|
|160 Front Office Tower||240 / 787||46||2021|
|Union Centre||239 / 783||48||2021|
|Bay Park Centre (45 Bay)||238 / 781||48||2018|
|33 Gerrard Street West, Tower 1||237 / 778||74||2019|
|50 Bloor Street West||230 / 755||71||2021|
|141 Bay Street||206 / 676||45||2021|
|2221 Yonge Condos||198 / 649||58||2021|
|The Rosedale on Bloor||176 / 577||52||2021|
|33 Gerrard Street West, Tower 3||163 / 535||55||2021|
|Bay Adelaide Centre North Tower||162 / 531||49||2021|
|16 York||158 / 518||31||2021|
|1-9 Isabella||156 / 512||46||2021|
|33 Gerrard Street West, Tower 2||155 / 509||46||2020|
|The Manhattan||153 / 500||47||2021|
The following is a list of buildings that are proposed in Toronto and are planned to rise at least 153 metres (500 ft).
m / ft
|The One||340.6 / 1117.5||84||2020||If approved, construction will begin in 2016 and with the ground podium opening in 2018 and the building be completed by 2020. If constructed it would be the tallest residential building in Canada, taller than First Canadian Place.|
|Oxford Place I||326 / 1070||–||2025||Part of the redevelopment of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre|
|Oxford Place II||326 / 1070||–||2025||Part of the redevelopment of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre|
|1 Yonge Street Tower 1||320 / 1050||95||2019||Part of the One Yonge Development on the site of the Toronto Star Building|
|55 Lake Shore Boulevard East Tower B||289 / 948||85||2020|
|55 Lake Shore Boulevard East Tower C||273 / 896||80||2020|
|141 Bay Street||265 / 869||54||–|
|1 Yonge Street Tower 2||260 / 853||85||2019|
|385 Yonge Street North Tower||257 / 843||73||–|
|55 Lake Shore Boulevard East Tower F||256 / 840||76||2020|
|55 Lake Shore Boulevard East Tower G||256 / 840||74||2020|
|Oxford Place West Hotel Tower||255 / 836||–||2025|
|33 Gerrard Street West Tower 4||252 / 826||80||–|
|55 Lake Shore Boulevard East, Tower D||240 / 787||70||2020|
|Signature Tower B||233 / 765||69||–|
|385 Yonge Street South Tower||225 / 738||62||–|
|Cumberland Terrace Tower 2||224 / 735||70||–|
|80 Bloor Street West||224 / 735||68||–|
|1 Eglinton Avenue East||215 / 735||65||–|
|27 Yorkville Avenue I||215 / 735||62||–|
|Signature Tower A||214 / 702||62||–|
|1 Yonge Street Tower 3||210 / 689||65||2019|
|400 Front Street West Tower 1||204 / 669||60||–|
|400 Front Street West Tower 2||198 / 650||58||–|
|8 Cumberland Street||194 / 636||64||–|
|15 Mercer Street||191 / 627||57||–|
|19 Duncan||190 / 623||57||2019|
|31A Parliment Street||189 / 620||57||–|
|481 University||185 / 606||55||–|
|8-20 Widmer Street||183 / 600||56||–|
|217 Adelaide Street West||179 / 587||56||–|
|Waterway I||176 / 577||56||2017|
|591 Sherbourne Street||171 / 561||58||–|
|Cumberland Terrace Tower 1||171 / 561||54||–|
|VITA on the Lake||167 / 548||53||2021|
|68 Charles Street East||167 / 548||52||–|
|4800 Yonge Street||167 / 548||49||–|
|89 Church Street||162 / 531||49||–|
|771 Yonge Street||161 / 528||49||–|
|245-285 Queen Street East Tower 2||160 / 525||45||–|
|The Well Office Tower||160 / 525||36||–|
|Grid Condos||158 / 518||50||2018|
|48-58 Scollard Street||158 / 518||43||–|
|PJ Condos||157 / 515||48||–|
|150 Eglinton Avenue East||157 / 515||39||–|
|Garrison Point Tower 1||156 / 512||49||–|
|55 Broadway Avenue South Tower||155 / 508||45||–|
|55 Broadway Avenue North Tower||155 / 508||45||–|
|327 King||154 / 505||47||–|
|Grand Hotel Redevelopment||154 / 505||45||–|
|480 Yonge Street||153 / 501||45||–|
Timeline of tallest buildings
This lists buildings that once held the title of tallest building in Toronto.
|Name||Street address||Years as tallest||Height
m / ft
|Beard Building||King Street East||1894–1896||30 / 98||7|||
|Temple Building||Bay Street||1896–1906||40 / 131||10|||
|Trader's Bank Building||Yonge Street||1906–1912||60 / 197||15|||
|Canadian Pacific Building||69 Yonge Street||1912–1915||65 / 213||15|||
|Royal Bank Building||20 King Street East||1915–1928||80 / 295||21|||
|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 London, Ontario
- Architecture of Toronto
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The number of high-rise buildings under construction in Toronto as of September, according to Emporis data cited in the city’s monthly economic dashboard report. The only city with more high-rise construction, by Emporis’ reckoning, is New York, at 154. That wasn’t always the case: Toronto’s high-rise count was consistently the highest in North America until this summer. (If these somewhat-imperfect stats are anything to go by, at any rate.)
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