The Ontario government has initiated discussions and shared preliminary plans with the City of Toronto to build two proposed transit-oriented communities located at the future East Harbour Transit Hub and Corktown Station along the new Ontario Line subway. Municipal review of these preliminary proposals has formally commenced, and the province will host public consultations with local communities, Indigenous partners and stakeholders starting in the summer and fall of 2021.
A preliminary set of concepts proposes a transformation of the 38-acre East Harbour development site into a transit-oriented community that would include the creation of a major employment centre expected to bring more than 50,000 jobs to the area. The proposal also includes a diverse range of residential space and community amenities surrounding a multi-modal hub or a Union Station of the East that would bring GO rail and SmartTrack station services, Ontario Line subway service and a future TTC streetcar extension.
The transit-oriented community proposal for Corktown Station offers a dynamic community with housing, jobs, commercial uses, and community spaces, such as a library, connected to the Ontario Line subway and TTC bus and streetcar services. In recognition of the historical significance of the land, the province will work closely with the City of Toronto, stakeholders, the community, and Indigenous partners to collaborate on a meaningful plan to commemorate the rich heritage of Canada's First Parliament site.
The Transit-Oriented Communities program is about building vibrant, healthy and connected communities to bring more homes and more jobs closer to transit.
TRREB welcomes this announcement as we have been pushing for initiatives that increase housing supply around transit nodes, and we have been providing input on this matter to the province.
For the complete provincial announcement, please click here.