View of Yonge Street facing north on a sunny day in summer
Yonge Street

Yonge Street is Toronto’s “main street.” It is a vibrant area where thousands of people visit, live, work, play and learn. In the heart of Yonge Street, between Queen Street and College/Carlton Street, the sidewalks are filled with the highest pedestrian volumes in Canada, at all hours of the day and throughout all seasons of the year.

This study will develop and review design options intended to improve streetscaping and increase pedestrian space, along with other possibilities to improve the way people move through and enjoy Yonge Street between Queen Street and College/Carlton Street.

This study will be carried out as a Schedule ‘C’ Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA).

A Phase 2 EA study will look at potential changes to Yonge Street north of College/Carlton Street to Davenport Road.

Opportunities

This study will consider many possible changes to various elements of Yonge Street including:

  • Increasing the sidewalk width
  • Reducing the number of vehicle lanes
  • Redesigning intersections and laneway connections
  • Making some sections pedestrian-only
  • Improving accessibility for people with disabilities
  • Installing cycling facilities
  • Improving pedestrian crossing opportunities
  • Enhancing street furniture
  • Changing the landscaping
  • Reviewing other aspects of the streetscape and street furniture, such as lighting, signage, info pillars, publication boxes, and litter bins
  • Expanding opportunities for public art and cultural activities
  • Modifying other near-by streets

Decisions about possible changes have not been made. Further study is required.

Considering Trade-Offs

The Study will investigate what is physically able to fit within the limited width of the City’s right-of-way (i.e., public property) on Yonge Street. There will be challenging trade-offs between alternatives to be evaluated.

Some of the many considerations include the following:

  • Existing policies within the Official Plan and applicable Secondary Plans
  • Current and ongoing studies within the Study Area
  • Current and projected volumes of pedestrians, cyclists, transit users and motor vehicles
  • Minimum and recommended widths for traffic lanes, bike lanes/cycle tracks and pedestrian clearways
  • Requirements and impacts to existing and planned underground utilities
  • Provisions for TTC night buses and emergency shuttle buses (when there is a disruption on the Yonge subway)
  • Options for deliveries, and pick-up and drop-off to serve local businesses
  • Design considerations for pedestrian-only street events
  • Capital and maintenance costs and complexity of construction and on-going maintenance

The Project Team will work with experts, stakeholders and the public to develop and evaluate the alternatives and design options.

Phase 1 is from Queen St to College St, Phase 2 is from College St to Davenport
Map of the study area

The opinions and input of all road users, local property representatives and other stakeholders will play an important role in forming the Study’s recommendations. We want to hear from you!

Further details about upcoming online and face-to-face public consultation opportunities will be published in the coming months.

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What is a Class Environmental Assessment?

Ontario’s Environmental Assessment (EA) program promotes good environmental planning by determining and managing the potential effects of a project prior to implementation.

The EA program ensures that public concerns are heard. EA balances economic, social, cultural and natural environmental needs so that projects benefit Ontario.

This study is being carried out according to the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment process. This is an approved approach to satisfying requirements of the Environmental Assessment Act specifically tailored to municipal infrastructure. The process includes identifying the problem or opportunity to be addressed, developing and evaluating a range of alternative solutions, providing opportunities for public input and identifying a preferred solution.