Integrated
Expertise

A successful project requires a collaborative approach.

Our team of planners, urban designers, and community engagement experts work together throughout a project life cycle.

This integration of knowledge, creativity and communication moves our clients’ projects forward and helps them achieve their goals.

Learn about our Expertise

Planning

We approach planning based on the depth of our knowledge and a meticulous attention to detail to provide practical solutions.

Urban Design

We understand the big picture, combining policy and guidelines, addressing the public realm and built form through urban design. 

Community Engagement

We are urban translators and expert communicators for our clients and communities. 

Expert services that we offer:

Bousfields supports our clients early in their decision-making process regarding the acquisition or the sale of land. We prepare due diligence analysis, working with our Urban Design team to prepare massing scenarios and site configuration plans that provide an understanding of what is permitted on the site and what could be achieved through a municipal approvals process. We apply a similar process to support clients undergoing a site selection process so that they can find sites that best meet their needs. Our depth of knowledge means that we provide practical advice on what is possible on a site.

Working as part of a team, our approach to the planning applications process is comprehensive. We provide a professional impartial opinion in planning rationale justification, analyze the context of the proposal through an urban design brief and/or block context plan, provide a summary of the applicable community services and facilities, prepare housing issues reports, and prepare drafts of the applicable instruments including Official Plan Amendments and Zoning By-law Amendments. 

Policy review is a critical aspect of our work at Bousfields. We analyze and interpret emerging planning policies and regulations released by municipalities and engage in the preparation of new policies and regulations, ensuring that our clients are well-informed and positioned to make educated decisions about their projects. We stay up-to-date on changes to policies and regulations to provide the most current advice.

Bousfields has long been recognized as being one of the foremost firms for community and subdivision design. From our early work on the planning and development of the Erin Mills Community, we are now responsible for the master planning of many new greenfield and infill communities throughout Ontario. 

We create communication channels between clients and community members through stakeholder and public engagement sessions, workshops, open houses, urban design charrettes, visioning sessions, and surveys. We also create dedicated project websites that feature highlights, FAQs, and application materials that provide clarity and a view to the big picture. 

Bousfields has a well-respected and dedicated team of experts who provide evidence before the Ontario Land Tribunal (OLT) and the Toronto Local Appeal Body (TLAB). Our deep understanding of the planning system provides objective, evidence-based analysis to support our clients’ cases.

Project management is a core aspect of our work. We assist our clients with application submission and processing. Our comprehensive project management services ensure that our clients’ projects are delivered on time, on budget, and to the highest standards of quality. We work closely with our clients throughout the project life cycle, providing regular updates and ensuring that all stakeholders are engaged and informed.

Types of projects that we do:

We have extensive experience in residential and mixed use land use planning and development approvals, providing expert advice and support to our clients in the public and private sectors. Our mixed use work includes a range of building typologies and scales, from tall and mid-rise buildings to low-rise neighbourhoods and from infill developments to large-scale master plans. We work closely with our clients to help them navigate the complex planning and development process, from initial feasibility studies to final approvals.

Bousfields offers comprehensive commercial and employment land use services to our clients in the public and private sectors. We provide expert guidance and support across zoning regulations and land use policies, with consideration for land use compatibility, helping our clients to achieve their development goals.

Bousfields has secured planning approvals for a wide variety of institutional land uses, including schools, post-secondary institutions, community health centres, hospitals, community and recreational facilities and long-term care facilities. We have also participated as part of multi-disciplinary teams in the preparation of master plans for large institutions, including publicly led public-private partnerships.

“We have sessions with urban designers and community engagement specialists where we provide the policy element, they provide their design opinion and thoughts on engagement strategies. We review each other’s work and share consistency throughout the process. That’s something that I can say sets us apart.”

– Planner

Connect with us

🚴‍♀️Huge congrats to our amazing @mattamyhomes #BikeForBrainHealth team who participated in yesterday’s ride in support of @baycrest! The Bousfields team surpassed our fundraising goal, raising $11,500+ in support of this important cause. Go team go!

If you’d still like to donate, our team page is accepting donations at the link in bio.
🚴‍♀️Huge congrats to our amazing @mattamyhomes #BikeForBrainHealth team who participated in yesterday’s ride in support of @baycrest! The Bousfields team surpassed our fundraising goal, raising $11,500+ in support of this important cause. Go team go!

If you’d still like to donate, our team page is accepting donations at the link in bio.
👋Say hello to our latest group of stellar interns across our planning and urban design teams! A big welcome to Anthony, Kieran, Amanda, Samreen, and Rona!
👋Say hello to our latest group of stellar interns across our planning and urban design teams! A big welcome to Anthony, Kieran, Amanda, Samreen, and Rona!
Bousfielders had a great time participating in last week’s @uli_toronto’s #Hamilton City Tour: Housing in the #Hammer!

Bousfields Partner Emma West spoke about 106 Bay Street North, a Passive House City Housing Hamilton Development, and participants also got to check out another Bousfields project on the tour: 10 Bay Street, the @mcmasteru Graduate Student Residence.

You can learn more about the tour at the link in bio.

Thank you to ULI Toronto for organizing this event!
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Bousfielders had a great time participating in last week’s @uli_toronto’s #Hamilton City Tour: Housing in the #Hammer!

Bousfields Partner Emma West spoke about 106 Bay Street North, a Passive House City Housing Hamilton Development, and participants also got to check out another Bousfields project on the tour: 10 Bay Street, the @mcmasteru Graduate Student Residence.

You can learn more about the tour at the link in bio.

Thank you to ULI Toronto for organizing this event!
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#citybuilding #housing #ontario #development #urbanplanning #urbandesign
Our firm is very excited to be part of the project team working on the development proposals for 90-110 Eglinton Ave E & 150-164 Eglinton Ave E in midtown Toronto.

Designed for @madisonhomes by award-winning architecture firm Rafael Viñoly Architects (@rva_ny) alongside @turnerfleischer and @mpfppllc, this new community will bring a mix of residential, retail, office, and public space to the neighbourhood. Click the link in our bio to learn more.

Images by @binyanstudios and @madisonhomes 
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#urbanplanning #urbandesign #toronto #midtowntoronto #architecture
Our firm is very excited to be part of the project team working on the development proposals for 90-110 Eglinton Ave E & 150-164 Eglinton Ave E in midtown Toronto.

Designed for @madisonhomes by award-winning architecture firm Rafael Viñoly Architects (@rva_ny) alongside @turnerfleischer and @mpfppllc, this new community will bring a mix of residential, retail, office, and public space to the neighbourhood. Click the link in our bio to learn more.

Images by @binyanstudios and @madisonhomes
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#urbanplanning #urbandesign #toronto #midtowntoronto #architecture
We’re #hiring for Urban Planner and Urban Designer positions! Visit bousfields.ca/careers for more info and email careers@bousfields.ca to apply.
We’re #hiring for Urban Planner and Urban Designer positions! Visit bousfields.ca/careers for more info and email careers@bousfields.ca to apply.
Bousfielders spotted with fellow friends/colleagues at this year’s ULI Winter Social! Thanks again to @uli_toronto for always putting on a fun event!
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#toronto #urbanplanning #urbandesign #communityengagement #networking #social
Bousfielders spotted with fellow friends/colleagues at this year’s ULI Winter Social! Thanks again to @uli_toronto for always putting on a fun event!
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#toronto #urbanplanning #urbandesign #communityengagement #networking #social
“Landmark Toronto office tower granted new life as residence after special exemption”.

Check out the Toronto Star article featuring Bousfields Associate, Alex Savanyu, where he discusses the recent approval of the 69 Yonge planning application at City Council. Congratulations to the entire project team on this exciting milestone!

Read the full article at the link in bio.
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#toronto #planning #heritage #building #officeconversion
“Landmark Toronto office tower granted new life as residence after special exemption”.

Check out the Toronto Star article featuring Bousfields Associate, Alex Savanyu, where he discusses the recent approval of the 69 Yonge planning application at City Council. Congratulations to the entire project team on this exciting milestone!

Read the full article at the link in bio.
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#toronto #planning #heritage #building #officeconversion
Don’t miss this upcoming @uli_toronto discussion on What Ontario Can Learn from Australia’s Emerging #TransitOrientedCommunities featuring Bousfields Partner Caitlin Allan.

Caitlin will be joined by a number of our esteemed industry colleagues at Hatch, @translink, @brookfieldproperties and QIC.

Looking forward to the presentation and discussion!

Register at the link in bio.
Don’t miss this upcoming @uli_toronto discussion on What Ontario Can Learn from Australia’s Emerging #TransitOrientedCommunities featuring Bousfields Partner Caitlin Allan.

Caitlin will be joined by a number of our esteemed industry colleagues at Hatch, @translink, @brookfieldproperties and QIC.

Looking forward to the presentation and discussion!

Register at the link in bio.
We are pleased to announce some exciting promotions!
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#congratulations #promotions #celebrate #urbanplanning #urbandesign #communityengagement #toronto #hamilton #ontario
We are pleased to announce some exciting promotions!
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#congratulations #promotions #celebrate #urbanplanning #urbandesign #communityengagement #toronto #hamilton #ontario
✨Wishing everyone a festive holiday season and a safe and prosperous 2024! The Bousfields Office will be closed from December 25, 2023 to January 1, 2024 inclusive.

Pictured: some fun photos from this year’s office holiday party, including Tony Volpentesta delivering the annual speech on behalf of the Partners. Thank you to @mercatto.to for hosting us!
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✨Wishing everyone a festive holiday season and a safe and prosperous 2024! The Bousfields Office will be closed from December 25, 2023 to January 1, 2024 inclusive.

Pictured: some fun photos from this year’s office holiday party, including Tony Volpentesta delivering the annual speech on behalf of the Partners. Thank you to @mercatto.to for hosting us!
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#holidayparty #toronto #urbanplanning #urbandesign #communityengagement
Over the course of 2023, Bousfielders were fortunate to travel and experience places near and far. 

Swipe to see a sample of some of the amazing photos shared as part of a recent event our DEI Committee hosted, where we discussed what new perspectives our travels brought us this year.

Bonus points if you can guess where some of these photos were taken!
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#urbanplanning #urbandesign #communityengagement #travel #newperspectives
Over the course of 2023, Bousfielders were fortunate to travel and experience places near and far.

Swipe to see a sample of some of the amazing photos shared as part of a recent event our DEI Committee hosted, where we discussed what new perspectives our travels brought us this year.

Bonus points if you can guess where some of these photos were taken!
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#urbanplanning #urbandesign #communityengagement #travel #newperspectives
🎉it’s here! We invite you to #engage with our brand new website!

🖥️ Check it out at www.bousfields.ca

Special shout-out to Premise for all of their work bringing this new website to fruition!
🎉it’s here! We invite you to #engage with our brand new website!

🖥️ Check it out at www.bousfields.ca

Special shout-out to Premise for all of their work bringing this new website to fruition!