It is home to nation-leading clusters in financial services, technology, culture, education, health care and sport. Toronto is the GTA’s anchor.

Toronto’s success, like the GTA’s, is also the root of its infrastructure challenges. After decades of sustained population growth, Toronto’s rising housing costs combined with previous levels of crippling congestion put at risk its economic competitiveness, prosperity and quality of life.

For the five years preceding the pandemic, Toronto added 266,000 jobs and 343,000 residents. While the future is uncertain, Toronto’s transportation and housing shortages are unlikely to be significantly improved by new ways of working brought on by the postpandemic reality. Infrastructure simply isn’t keeping pace and gaps will not go away on their own. If the City’s growth returns to prepandemic rates, Toronto could even exceed its Employment Growth Plan before 2041.9

Toronto’s powerful and growing knowledge-based economy will drive Ontario’s competitiveness in the twenty-first century and stimulate the Province’s economic recovery. But competition for human capital is ferocious, and Toronto is competing with global heavyweights like New York, San Francisco and London. In the global competition for talent, providing livable, well-connected and affordable cities will be paramount.

Major projects are underway. Regional Express Rail will increase connectivity by providing passenger train service every 15 minutes. The forthcoming Eglinton Crosstown LRT and Finch LRT will provide new services. The Port Lands Flood Protection project will unlock hundreds of acres on prime waterfront land for residential and commercial development. These projects are a great start — but they are not enough.

Rapid Transit for Toronto’s Waterfront

Unlock the Port Lands’ full economic potential by implementing flood protection and constructing a transit link with the existing downtown network.

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The Ontario Line Subway

A 16-kilometre long Ontario Line to create new north-south and east-west routes to and from the City’s Central Business District.

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Ontario’s Clean Energy Potential

Exploring clean energy solutions including renewable natural gas, charging infrastructure for electric vehicles, and hydrogen that will help strengthen Ontario’s role as an innovative leader.

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Broadband to Address the Urban-Rural Digital Divide

Continue the Province’s unwavering commitment to broadband infrastructure and seek further commitments from the Universal Broadband Fund and the Canada Infrastructure Bank.

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A New Freeway and 21st Century Border Infrastructure for the Niagara Peninsula

Creating a new freeway as a supplemental transportation corridor to the Queen Elizabeth Way and twinning the Peace Bridge to alleviate the border bottleneck of goods and people.

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A Strategic Transportation Link to Ontario’s Ring of Fire

Construct a north-south roadway to the Ring of Fire to untap Canada’s largest known source of mineral wealth.

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Frequent and Reliable Rail Service between Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal

Creating new and dedicated tracks for passenger trains to support easy and efficient travel between the thriving economies.

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An Eastern GTA Transit Hub

The number of transit projects in the region that are currently in the planning stages should be tied together with other modes of existing transit and transportation using a new multimodal Eastern GTA Transit Hub.

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Extending the Yonge Subway into York Region

This project will enhance north-south connectivity in the northern GTA, linking Union Station in downtown Toronto with Richmond Hill Centre in York Region.

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A New Bypass for GTA Freight Rail

A project long-known as “the Missing Link” would enable significant growth in passenger volumes by separating freight and passenger trains onto distinct railway tracks.

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