Transit Oriented Communities and Streamlining Highway Projects

Published on July 07, 2020

On July 6, 2020, the government introduced the streamlining of highway projects and outlined the government's vision to build transit-oriented communities along the GTA’s four priority subway projects. Transit-oriented communities will increase ridership, reduce congestion, and provide a mix of housing, including affordable housing, while creating jobs as we get back to work and stimulate economic growth in the years following COVID-19.

Streamlining Highway Projects

The Ontario government is making it easier to build transit and provincial highway infrastructure projects faster and develop complete communities focused on connecting people.  Transportation-related construction is vital in Ontario’s economic recovery as a major driver of economic activity and a significant source of employment.

Construction puts people to work, increases the money spent in adjacent communities, and provides the province with infrastructure that keeps people and essential goods moving.

Ontario is proposing ways to accelerate highway construction projects and deliver them sooner to help with the province’s economic recovery while still ensuring that there are opportunities for public consultation and input.

Delivering on these critical infrastructure projects sooner will drive economic growth and create jobs during these extremely difficult times.

 

Transit-Oriented Communities

The Ontario government is making it easier to build transit and provincial highway infrastructure projects faster and develop complete communities focused on connecting people.  Transit-oriented communities is about rethinking the relationship between transit, housing, and commercial spaces to create vibrant communities.

The government is committed to collaborating with the private sector and our municipal partners to deliver new, modern subways and transit-oriented communities for the benefit of all individuals, families and businesses in the GTA at a lower cost to the taxpayer.  Transit-oriented communities will increase ridership, reduce congestion, and provide a mix of housing, including affordable housing, while creating jobs as we get back to work and stimulate economic growth in the years following COVID-19.

The province is committed to building safe, reliable and sustainable transit for the 21st century that will get people moving, reduce traffic congestion, and drive economic growth and job creation.

The Province is working collaboratively with the City of Toronto and York Region to implement TOC through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) framework, which lays out our shared priorities and objectives of the program, including affordable housing.

The Province is committed to proactive collaboration and will engage the public on TOC proposals on a site-by-site basis to ensure the unique needs of local communities are understood and considered.

 

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