DANIELS’ SOCIAL IMPACT
What truly matters are improvements to a community’s social fabric
As builders and developers, we have a powerful vision to leverage real estate development as a platform for positive social impact and city building.
We recognize the potential our industry has to impact the way people live and the way communities come together.
We are committed to leading by example, listening to and learning from local communities, developing partnerships with Not for Profit organizations, and challenging ourselves to innovate in a socially responsible manner.
That’s why we believe that when we create thoughtful places, we sow seeds of impact that grow houses into homes, ideas into businesses and neighbours into communities.
Our history has demonstrated the importance of creating opportunities for communities to come together over common interests including food and urban agriculture, arts and culture, sport and recreation as well as capacity and skill building. These unifying elements create dialogue, spark connections and ultimately foster inclusion, building community resilience.
It is for these reasons that our team works to incorporate these unifying elements into the design of each community we build and support other organizations working towards community connectivity.
And we don’t just stop there. We go beyond Corporate Social Responsibility to advance city building initiatives including affordable and accessible housing, social procurement, inclusive local economic development, and building community capacity.
Organizations that we support
Daniels Spectrum is a 60,000 sq. ft. community cultural hub in Toronto’s Regent Park neighbourhood. This innovative space represents an important part of the social fabric that continues to be woven through the Regent Park revitalization. Daniels Spectrum is named in recognition of a generous lead gift from The Daniels Corporation and The John and Myrna Daniels Charitable Foundation. It is also a joint venture between Artscape, Toronto Community Housing, The Daniels Corporation and the Regent Park community. Daniels Spectrum hosts a range of culturally diverse programming and is home to seven innovative organizations: ArtHeart Community Art Centre, Centre for Social Innovation, Native Earth Performing Arts, Pathways to Education, Regent Park Film Festival, Centennial College Performing Arts Commons, and Regent Park School of Music.
Artscape Daniels Launchpad
Located at Daniels Waterfront – City of the Arts, Artscape Daniels Launchpad is a Toronto’s one-stop hub for creative entrepreneurship offering not only an amazing space where artists can create, experiment and learn new skills. With a total of 30,000 sq.ft of space, it exists to empower all artists, designers and creators to prosper from their creative practice. Launchpad is made possible through the innovative partnership between Artscape and The Daniels Corporation with support from the Governments of Canada, Ontario and Toronto and many other donors and sponsors. It was named in recognition of the outstanding financial support of The Daniels Corporation, The John and Myrna Daniels Foundation and WJ Properties.
Second Harvest is an organization that rescues and prepares excess fresh food, which it then delivers daily to social service agencies in Toronto. Daniels has played an ongoing role as Presenting Sponsor of Toronto Taste for 25 years, Second Harvest’s annual gala fundraising event, as well as helping build a major extension on the organization’s warehouse in 2009. Members of the Daniels’ team enjoy participating in Second Harvest’s annual campaigns including Lunch Money Days, Hero Day and the holiday turkey drive.
Habitat for Humanity
Giving a hand up not a hand out, Habitat for Humanity GTA partners with working, low-income families to provide safe, decent, and affordable homes. For over 25-years Daniels has partnered with Habitat for Humanity GTA and many of their affiliates to empower families in need of a place to call home. Throughout these years, Daniels has contributed over $6 million to Habitat, which has resulted in safe, affordable and healthy homes for 91 Habitat families across the GTA. As city builders, Daniels takes a leadership role in creating affordable housing in many new home communities. Shifting from Habitat’s usual ‘ground up build’, Habitat acquires partially completed townhomes from Daniels at select communities, at a significantly reduced cost. In turn, homeowners complete the interior for the “sweat equity” required to move into their new home.
Friends of Ruby
Over the course of the last several years, Daniels has partnered with Egale Canada Human Rights Trust (Egale) to build Canada’s first and Toronto’s only facility that will combine the proven counselling services of Egale Youth Outreach with emergency and transitional housing exclusively dedicated to serving homeless LGBTIQ2S youth. Lead by many members of our team, Daniels acted as both Development and Construction Manager to aid in design approvals and approvals and to oversee construction of this important project right through to occupancy. This new space, called ‘Friends of Ruby’, opened their doors in late 2020 offering space and important services to meet the needs to LGBTQI2S youth in the GTA in response to the crisis of LGBTQI2S youth homelessness due to disproportionately high rates of family rejection, violence and trauma.
Regent Park School of Music
Regent Park School of Music strives to help youth-in-need build confidence, develop good study habits and experience positive mentoring by providing high quality, affordable music education.
The Daniels Corporation is proud to support Covenant House Toronto. As Canada’s largest homeless youth agency, Covenant House Toronto changes lives by providing the widest range of services and support under one roof.
Visions for Science
Visions of Science Network for Learning is a charitable organization that empowers youth from low-income communities through meaningful engagement in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). As Visions of Science was keen to deepen their impact in communities, developing their operational capacity becam a priority. In order to support this growth, Visions of Science have relocated their headquarters to 71 Regent Park Blvd. Catalyzed with seed funding from The Daniels Corporation, this move will enrich Visions of Science’s impact in communities. We are excited to continue developing this partnership.
Erin Mills Farmers Market
To expand access to healthy food in 2013, Daniels helped transform land that was awaiting development into a farmers’ market. In 2016, the Erin Mills Farmers’ Market was established as a not-for-profit organization. In 2020, the market moved to its new permanent home across the street: in the courtyard of Arc Condominiums at Daniels Erin Mills. Urban agriculture allows for opportunities in education, urban greening and, best of all, a platform for residents of all ages and backgrounds to develop a deeper sense of community.
Akin is a Toronto-based arts organization that provides creative studio space as well as arts-based programming. Our studios provide a working environment that maintains a friendly and inspiring atmosphere where people can work on creative endeavors and entrepreneurial undertakings of all kinds. We build community through monthly art critiques, workshops, open studio events, gallery tours, exhibitions, as well as various other art projects. Daniels’ donation to The Akin Studio Rent Relief Fund provided current Akin artists and creatives with anonymous, one-time emergency grants towards their studio rent. Stay tuned for a new partnership to be announced with Akin Collective in 2021.
University of Toronto’s John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design.
One Spadina Crescent is about to be reborn as the new home to the University of Toronto’s John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design. Thanks to a lead $10 million dollar gift from The John and Myrna Daniels Charitable Foundation: this brings their total support to a generous $24 million! The university has launched a campaign to renew the iconic building and integrate it with a bold, new expansion to the north. In addition, The Daniels Corporation has pledged an additional $1 million dollars in support of this campaign.
L’Arche is a network of communities that celebrates people with intellectual disabilities and build support networks around them. Since 2015, L’Arche Toronto has been exploring new housing models that are attractive, accessible, cost-effective and community-friendly for L’Arche Toronto’s future growth. Daniels partnered with L’Arche to create a 4,000 sq.ft, nine-bedroom apartment at Artworks Tower in Regent Park. This new home will welcome five core members from L’Arche and three assistants in order to provide a fully-accessible, barrier-free and inclusive lifestyle.