Ontario Line Update – Transit-Oriented Development Plans
Today, the Province of Ontario released new information on their development proposals associated with the Ontario Line, including plans for mixed-use developments at the Exhibition, King-Bathurst and Queen-Spadina transit stations. Having just received this information, my office is now working with City staff to gain a comprehensive understanding of the proposals and the formal review process, including public engagement opportunities.
Our fast-growing neighbourhoods in the downtown core need new rapid transit. We also need more affordable housing, and integrating new homes with development of transit stations makes sense. However, it is vitally important that that the Ontario Line, including any development associated with stations, is designed and planned active in collaboration with the public, includes new affordable housing, and helps create sustainable and diverse neighbourhoods.
There are no trade-offs here: we can – we must – build rapid transit along with liveable, affordable, and well-planned downtown communities.
I will continue to advocate to the Province for a development process that includes meaningful engagement with the local community and members of the public, as well as the City of Toronto. As my team and I follow up with the Province and City staff to learn more about these proposals, we look forward to providing you with regular updates.