Stage 2 of the Ministry of Transportation’s GTA West Transportation Corridor Planning and Environmental Assessment Study was initiated in early 2014 to build upon the recommendations from the first stage. As part of Stage 2, route alternatives for a new transportation corridor will be generated within the Route Planning Study Area illustrated below. The new transportation corridor will feature a 400-series highway, a transitway, and potential goods movement priority features.

Land Use Map of the GTA West Route Planning Study Area.  The map shows the generalized land uses based on existing municipal Official Plans.

The Greater Golden Horseshoe is the fastest growing urban region in Canada and the third fastest in North America. Congestion is already an issue and we need to plan for an additional 100,000 people and 80,000 jobs per year in the Greater Golden Horseshoe over the next 20 years1. This will result in approximately 1.5 million additional passenger and commercial vehicle trips per day in the GTA West study area by the year 2031. This increased demand for mobility cannot be ignored.

Moving people and goods has become more important than ever - it’s a key component of our quality of life. Without changes, the average time spent by commuters in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) is forecast to increase by about one-third in 20 years - an extra 27 minutes a day, 2.25 hours a week or almost five full days a year2.

The GTA West Transportation Corridor is a vital undertaking in support of providing the transportation infrastructure to meet coming growth in both population and employment - and will deliver multiple benefits including:

  • Greater connectivity between urban growth centres

  • Enhanced people and goods movement

  • Improved commuting

  • Greater economic vitality

The purpose of this website is to provide interested parties with access to study information and access to the Project Team that is carrying out this study. Reports and other documents developed during Stage 1 of the study are still available on this website and can be accessed through the Archives section of the site.

Meaningful public and stakeholder consultation are important in shaping the outcome of this study. We encourage you to review the contents of this website and provide us with your feedback. Details on public consultation activities to be undertaken during this study will be included in the Consultation section of this website. If you wish to be added to our mailing list or submit comments or questions, please go to the Contact Us page.

1. Ontario Ministry of Infrastructure, Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe (2006)
2. Metrolinx, The Big Move (2008)