Study Process

Ontario’s Environmental Assessment Act is an approved planning process tailored to municipal infrastructure. The Act promotes good environmental planning by determining and managing the potential effects of a project prior to implementation, and ensures that public concerns are heard and balanced with economic, social, cultural and natural environmental needs. This study is being carried out according to the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment process and includes multiple phases.

The 2017 TSMP completed EA phases 1 and 2.

  1. Identify the problems and opportunities
  2. Develop, evaluate and recommend alternative solutions to address the identified problems and opportunities

The Broadview Extension EA will complete phases 3 and 4.

  1. Identify Alternative Designs and provide opportunity for public feedback. Evaluate alternative designs, identify and refine a preferred design.
  2. Document findings in the Environmental Study Report (ESR) and complete 30 day review period.

The TSMP included transportation recommendations for a large network of connections within the South of Eastern and Port Lands areas. This EA is focused specifically on advancing the TSMP recommendations for Broadview Avenue, between Eastern Avenue and Lake Shore Blvd, and for the New East-West Street in the Unilever Precinct. Work done through the Unilever Precinct Secondary Plan also helped to advance the designs of these two streets. The Broadview Extension EA will build on the work completed in the TSMP and in the Unilever Precinct Secondary Plan.

Funding

Funding for the projects identified in the EA will be secured through City Capital Works budgets, and cost sharing with local area developers.

Coordination with other Projects

The Project Team is led by Transportation Services in coordination with City Planning, Engineering and Construction Services, and the Waterfront Secretariat.

The EA is being coordinated with other studies underway in the area including:

  • Broadview and Eastern Flood Protection Project (Toronto and Region Conservation Authority)
  • East Harbour Station Design (Metrolinx)
  • Lake Shore Boulevard East Public Realm Design (Waterfront Toronto)
  • Gardiner Expressway East Reconfiguration (City of Toronto)
  • Port Lands Flood Protection and Enabling Infrastructure Project (Waterfront Toronto)
  • Don and Central Waterfront Project – Coxwell Sewer Bypass Construction (City of Toronto)
  • Major landowners & development applications

Streets

The extension of Broadview Avenue will act at the signature street through the Unilever Precinct and Port Lands, providing a primary north-south link from Riverdale to the Port Lands. It will be constructed as a complete street including: raised and separated cycling facilities, dedicated transit lanes, public art, wide sidewalks, one vehicle traffic lane in each direction, urban bioswales, tree plantings, and space for curbside activities, servicing, and utilities. The New East-West Street will also be designed as a complete street including: cycling facilities, wide sidewalks, one vehicle lane in each direction, tree plantings, and space for curbside activities, servicing, and utilities.

The flood protection work planned for the east side of the DVP/Don Roadway requires reconstruction of the eastbound to northbound DVP on-ramp from Eastern Avenue. The alternative designs will identify options for northbound access to be DVP for westbound traffic from Eastern Avenue.

Active Transportation

Streets will follow complete streets principles and be designed to satisfy the needs of all road users including people who walk, ride bikes, and use mobility devices. The designs will feature wide sidewalks and ample space for urban tree planting, lighting, public art, and street furniture.

Cycling facilities will be construction on the extension of Broadview Avenue and the New East-West Street.

Public Transit

The Broadview Avenue Extension will include a dedicated streetcar right-of-way and platforms in the middle of the street. Surface transit routes and stop locations will be integrated to connect to the future East Harbour Ontario Line station.

Public consultation is an important part of this project. To add your name to the project email list or to learn more about how to get involved visit the ‘Have Your Say’ page on the project website.

The Project Team consults with a variety of stakeholders throughout the EA including local businesses, community organizations, residents groups, potentially impacted property owners, and utilities, and Indigenous communities.