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Building communities around transit
Ontario is taking a bold, new, innovative approach to city building. The province is bringing faster, more reliable and seamless transit to the Greater Toronto Area by expanding the GO transit network and delivering four new priority subway projects — the largest subway expansion in Canadian history.
Transit-Oriented Communities Program
The Transit-Oriented Communities Program will build vibrant, sustainable, mixed-use communities that will bring more housing, jobs, retail, public amenities and entertainment within walking distance of transit stations. These transit-oriented communities, and other transit development opportunities, will be located along the province’s four subway projects, GO Transit and Light Rail Transit (LRT) projects.
The Transit-Oriented Communities Program will:
- increase transit ridership and reduce traffic congestion
- increase housing supply (including affordable housing) and jobs
- stimulate the economy through major projects for years after COVID‑19
- bring retail and community amenities (for example, libraries) within walking distance of public transit stations
- offset the cost of station construction, which would save taxpayers’ money
Benefits of transit-oriented communities are subject to negotiations and determined on a site-by-site basis with input from the local municipality, the public and Indigenous partners.
Proposed transit-oriented communities
We’re proposing transit-oriented communities across the Greater Toronto Area:
Subway expansion projects
The proposed transit-oriented community at the future Corktown Station would connect local bus, streetcar and subway service on the future Ontario Line and deliver a mix of new housing opportunities, commercial, retail and community space, while commemorating the history of the First Parliament site.
The proposed transit-oriented community at the 38-acre East Harbour site would include the creation of a major employment centre expected to bring more than 50,000 jobs to the area, as well as residential space and community amenities surrounding a transit hub — connecting GO Train, Ontario Line subway service and streetcar service.
The proposed transit-oriented community at Bridge Station on the future Yonge North Subway Extension will deliver a mix of new housing opportunities, commercial, retail and community spaces.
The proposed transit-oriented community at High Tech Station will be served by the future Yonge North Subway Extension service, GO regional service, VIVA Rapid Transit and the encompassing major highways, while delivering vast new housing and employment opportunities along with community and public spaces.
The proposed transit-oriented community would transform Exhibition Station into a connected transit hub with new housing, office and retail space that would support new jobs. Transit riders will be able to connect to GO Transit, TTC services and the future Ontario Line subway, making it more convenient to get to sporting events, concerts and Liberty Village.
The proposed transit-oriented community at the future Queen-Spadina Station would support a vibrant community and provide more housing and retail space for businesses, while taking into consideration the heritage components of the site. Transit riders will have convenient access to transit, including the TTC streetcar and the future Ontario Line service.
The proposed transit-oriented community at the future King-Bathurst Station would support the local neighbourhood by connecting to TTC streetcar service and the future Ontario Line service and adding more housing and office space, while also taking into consideration the heritage components of this site.
Partnerships and community engagement
Ontario is working with Infrastructure Ontario to deliver transit-oriented communities at or near new subway stations, and with Metrolinx to deliver GO and Light Rail Transit (LRT) stations. The province provides oversight over Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx, the agency partners working to deliver these transit projects.
We’re leading a multibillion-dollar public transit expansion plan in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and beyond across the GO transit network. This includes the subway expansion plan that will support multi-purpose, vibrant communities through Ontario’s Transit-Oriented Communities Program.
Infrastructure Ontario is responsible for the development and delivery of the Subways Transit-Oriented Communities Program, leading negotiations with private sector partners and supporting the province’s engagement with municipalities, the public and Indigenous communities.
Metrolinx is responsible for leading transit project planning and delivery for the four priority subways, the provincial LRT projects and the entire GO transit service network. Metrolinx is responsible for transit-oriented communities and other transit development opportunities for GO station infrastructure.
Infrastructure Ontario, Metrolinx, and private partners have been and will continue to collaborate with the private sector, municipal partners and the public to deliver new, modern subways and transit-oriented communities at a lower cost to the taxpayer. The province has signed formal agreements with the City of Toronto and York Region that establish common principles and ensures collaboration to enable the expansion and modernization of the subway network across the GTA, including transit-oriented communities.
Public consultation is an important part of the process. Please continue to monitor this webpage for details on upcoming public consultations.