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First two transit-oriented communities identified in Ontario

First two transit-oriented communities identified in Ontario
ONTARIO MINISTRY OF TRANSPORTATION—The future proposed Corktown Station at King Street in Toronto is one of two transit-oriented communities announced by the Ontario government along the new Ontario Line subway. Municipal review is currently underway and public consultation will begin this summer.

TORONTO—The Government of Ontario has shared preliminary plans with the City of Toronto to build two proposed transit-oriented communities at the future East Harbour Transit Hub and Corktown Station along the new Ontario Line subway.

A municipal review is now underway and the province is expected host public consultations with local communities, Indigenous partners and stakeholders starting this summer and fall.

A preliminary concept proposes a transformation of the 38-acre East Harbour development site into a transit-oriented community which would include the creation of a major employment centre expected to bring more than 50,000 jobs to the area, indicates an April 12 release. The proposal also includes residential space and community amenities such as a library, surrounding a multi-modal hub which would bring GO rail and SmartTrack station services, Ontario Line subway service and a future TTC streetcar extension.  

The plan will also recognize the heritage of the land, which is Canada’s First Parliament site.

“We are making it easier to build critical transit projects faster and to develop complete communities focused on connecting people and places,” said Kinga Surma, associate minister of transportation (GTA), in a statement. “Ontario is leading the province’s first Transit-Oriented Communities Program that will bring more housing, jobs, and community and recreational spaces within walking distance of new subway stations and reliable, efficient transit.”

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