The City of Toronto has completed a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) that has recommended the construction of a new east-west road extending between Dufferin Street and Strachan Avenue in Liberty Village. The new road would be located on the north side of the GO Transit Lake Shore West rail corridor.

Strachan Avenue to Dufferin Street on the north side of the GO Transit Lakeshore West rail corridor

Following consultation with the public, adjacent property owners, government agencies and Aboriginal communities, City Council has endorsed the preferred design identified in the EA, which consists of the following:

  • a new road with two traffic lanes (one in each direction)
  • a multi-use path for cyclists and pedestrians on the south side of the road
  • a sidewalk on the north side of the road
  • landscaping and civic improvements, including south-facing lookouts, where possible
  • two-way connections at all intersecting north-south streets, except for Strachan Avenue, which would be restricted to right-in right-out movements

Construction of the new road is subject to available funding. Potential implementation of the new road could follow a phased approach.

Currently, there is no schedule for construction.

The Environmental Study Report (ESR) is available for review:

ESR Part 1 includes sections:

  • 1 Introduction
  • 2 Public Consultation
  • 3 Existing Conditions
  • 4 Project Need and Justification
  • 5 Potential Alternative Solutions

ESR Part 2 includes section:

  • 6 Potential Alternative Designs

ESR Part 3 includes sections:

  • 7 Recommended Design
  • 8 Anticipated Impacts and Mitigation Measures
  • 9 Revisions and Addenda to the ESR

To request assistance in reading these files, or to review the appendices to the ESR, please contact Jason Diceman at 416-338-2830 or by email.

 

Response from the Minister

The City completed the Liberty Village New Street Environmental Assessment study report and issued it for a 30-day public review period.

A letter requesting a Part II Order was sent to the Minister of Environment & Climate Change and copied to the City of Toronto on October 28, 2016. Members of the public that are unable to resolve their issue with the City can request that the Minister invoke Part II of the Environmental Assessment Act. The Part II Order request is an appeal provision for elevating the status of the project to an individual environmental assessment.

You can find further details on the Part II Order process here.

On September 26, 2017, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change denied the Part II Order request and imposed a condition requiring the City meet with local cycling organizations during detailed design to discuss how the Liberty New Street project connects into the City’s 10-Year Cycling Network Plan. The next phase of this project is detailed design, at which time the City will fulfill the Minister’s condition and report back to the ministry. Detailed design is anticipated to be undertaken later in 2018. Currently, there is no schedule for construction.

Click here to see the decision table for the Part II Order request.