The Daniels Corporation builds with a passion for creating vibrant communities in every sense of the word. Daniels looks beyond the bricks and mortar, including social, cultural and economic infrastructures that will create a unique sense of place. This commitment has been an integral part of Daniels’ corporate philosophy for over 35 years.
Daniels has built more than 30,000 award-winning homes and apartments, within master-planned, mixed-use communities, commercial and retail spaces, and has earned its standing as one of Canada’s largest and pre-eminent builders/developers. Company founder John H. Daniels is a towering figure of the North American real estate industry. In a career that has spanned over 50 years, the former Chairman and CEO of Cadillac Fairview Development Corporation has left an indelible mark on the quality of the places in which people live, work, play, create and shop.
Led by company President Mitchell Cohen and a creative team of visionary professionals, The Daniels Corporation’s integration of residential and commercial divisions results in a stable turnkey operation, which earns the company a high level of industry and public trust. Daniels plans, designs, develops, builds, and manages all residential and
commercial properties in-house, enabling the ultimate in quality control and streamlined service. In essence, Daniels is an all-inclusive service provider – a company dedicated to seeing each project through to construction completion and beyond.
Daniels transforms underutilized land into sought-after master-planned communities that include residential, name-brand retail and commercial opportunities. Daniels’ land-use planning is based on the principle of integration into the existing urban fabric, creating neighbourhoods that fit seamlessly into their surroundings, providing a broad customer base of homebuyers, retailers and commercial businesses. For example, Daniels is partnering with Toronto Community Housing to revitalize 53 of the 69-acre Regent Park in Toronto’s Downtown East, which is being looked at around the world as the gold standard by which challenged urban neighbourhoods can be re-imagined as healthy, sustainable communities. Daniels also partnered with renowned filmmaker Ivan Reitman to build TIFF Bell Lightbox, an international destination for the world of film. In addition to the iconic home of the Toronto International Film Festival, this mixed-use development includes restaurants, ground floor retail, a commercial parking garage and the 44-storey Festival Tower Residence. Daniels has also created iconic neighbourhoods throughout the GTA, providing residential, retail and commercial services within their Daniels Waterfront City of the Arts, NY Towers and HighPark Condominium communities in Toronto, as well as Daniels City Centre and Daniels Erin Mills communities in Mississauga.
Dedicated to upholding a “people-first” philosophy, Daniels has long been a champion of affordable rental and ownership housing, and has built 3,600 affordable rental-housing units under several government programs. Daniels was the first developer to offer purpose-built rental housing in the Greater Toronto Area in 25 years through its Gateway Rental portfolio. In partnership with Sun Life Financial, Daniels is currently building a market rental building as part of its Daniels Erin Mills community in Mississauga. Daniels FirstHome™ communities across the GTA provide quality-built residences priced within the reach of first-time buyers, and at selected communities, Daniels is building seniors housing with Amica Mature Lifestyles Inc. On the commercial end of the spectrum, Daniels creates outstanding business opportunities for national brand companies as well as grassroots not-for-profit organizations. Over the past 35 years, Daniels has embraced financial and hands-on generosity toward a number of charities and non-profit organizations, including Second Harvest, Eva’s Initiatives, Habitat for Humanity, and Covenant House Toronto.
Daniels has consistently demonstrated the value of embedding arts and culture into the fabric of new communities. In Regent Park, Daniels partnered with Artscape, Toronto Community Housing and members of the local community to create Daniels Spectrum – a 60,000 square-foot cultural hub. Setting Daniels apart even further, the company has established an art procurement program that identifies and purchases art from local and emerging artists for residential and commercial lobbies and amenity spaces, thus contributing enormously to the area’s economic development.
Long before “green” became an industry buzzword, The Daniels Corporation took a proactive approach to protecting the environment through innovation in its construction techniques. Daniels continues to build for efficiency and environmental sustainability through standards beyond the Ontario Building Code, and in some cases, to LEED Gold certification. Within the Canadian building industry, Daniels is also leading the urban food revolution through trailblazing urban agriculture initiatives that incorporate farmers’ markets and urban allotment gardens into its residential communities.