Yonge Street, between Queen Street and College/Carlton Street has the highest pedestrian volumes in Canada with numbers exceeding 100,000 per day. It is well used by pedestrians at all hours of the day and throughout all seasons of the year. In addition, the population in the neighbourhood is expected to double by 2041.
In 2018 City Council adopted TOcore‘s recommendations identifying Yonge Street as one of Toronto’s Great Streets – a significant retail and civic corridor to be developed as a pedestrian priority urban destination.
This study will consider many possible changes to the design of Yonge Street including:
Decisions about possible changes have not been made. Further study is required.
yongeTOmorrow will evaluate and prioritize what can physically fit within the limited street width based on feedback from the public and technical analysis. Difficult trade-offs and compromises will need to be made in all alternatives being studied.
Some of the many considerations include:
The study is being carried out under Schedule ‘C’ of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA), which is an approved planning process under the Ontario Environmental Assessment Act. The public will have opportunities for input at key stages of this study. The study will define the problem, develop and evaluate alternative solutions, review public and stakeholder feedback and identify measures to minimize any impacts. An Environmental Study Report will be prepared at the end of the process in accordance with the requirements of the Municipal Class EA.
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.