The City of Toronto is carrying out a Transportation Master Plan study to identify and address the long-term transportation improvements needed to support all road users within, and surrounding, the Yorkdale Shopping Centre site. The study area is bounded by Keele Street, Bathurst Street, Wilson Avenue and Lawrence Avenue West.

The City is also undertaking a Block Master Plan study for Yorkdale Shopping Centre as part of the review of a development application submitted by Oxford Properties, which includes a range of retail, office, hotel and residences proposed for the Yorkdale site over the next 20+ years.

With significant long-term development proposed for this area, the City must ensure that the required infrastructure is in place to support the existing and future needs of this area.

Yorkdale Transportation Master Plan and Block Master Plan Study Update (August 27, 2021)

In November 2019, as part of Phase 1, a public event was held to introduce the Transportation Master Plan, review existing conditions, and hear from the public about the transportation needs and challenges within the study area.

Through the first round of consultation, the public identified opportunities to improve and enhance:

  • Pedestrian and cycling access and connections
  • Safety for all road users
  • Vehicle movement, traffic flow, and road network capacity
  • Reliability and access to public transit service

Potential Solutions

To address the problems and opportunities identified in Phase 1, including the future growth proposed for this area, a number of potential solutions are being evaluated, as referenced in the map and list below:

A conceptual map showing the potential solutions identified in the Yorkdale Transportation Master Plan

Public Consultation

The results of the evaluation will be presented to the public in Fall 2021. At that time, the public will have an opportunity to provide feedback before a final report is completed and presented to City Council for consideration.

Public participation is an important part of this study. We welcome your feedback at the upcoming public event, or by phone, mail and email. Notification about the public event will be posted on this website.

Transportation Master Plan Study Area - between wilson ave., keele street, lawrence ave. west and bathurst street. Block Master plan area is yorkdale mall
Study Area.

Transportation Master Plan

A Transportation Master Plan (TMP) is a long-range plan that examines the transportation needs within an area and provides a framework and vision for the implementation of the recommended infrastructure improvements over a period of time.

What will be looked at

The study is looking at opportunities to improve access, connections, and safety for all road users, including:

  • New local road connections within the Yorkdale Shopping Centre site
  • Improved access to/from Highway 401
  • Improved connections to neighbourhoods, parks, and the Yorkdale Shopping Centre
  • Creating a transit hub at Yorkdale for TTC and GO Transit
  • Opportunities to expand the cycling network within the study area
  • Intersection improvements

The study is following Phases 1 and 2 of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment process.  The process includes identifying the problems or opportunities, developing and evaluating a range of alternative solutions, and providing opportunities for public input.

Once complete, the study will recommend a set of transportation projects, initiatives and policies to support the anticipated growth and development of the area, improve mobility, flow and address the needs of the community.

Yorkdale Block Master Plan

In 2015, City Council adopted the Dufferin Street Secondary Plan creating a framework to guide future growth in the area between Highway 401 and just south of Lawrence Avenue West. The Plan promotes a mix of residential and commercial land uses, improved connectivity through new public streets and lanes, pedestrian and cycling infrastructure, and priority transit lanes.

Learn more about the Yorkdale Shopping Centre Block Master Plan.

Phase 1 Consultation

A drop-in event was held on November 26, 2019, at Yorkdale Secondary School to allow the public to learn more about each plan, meet with project staff and provide feedback. See materials presented at the event and a summary of feedback received during the first phase of consultation below.

Will the Transportation Master Plan look at improving transit service?

The Yorkdale Transportation Master Plan will identify infrastructure improvements for better bus access and circulation to Yorkdale Subway Station, the GO Bus terminal, and overall flow along Dufferin Street and Yorkdale Road.

The study will also look to improve connections between the TTC subway station and the GO Bus terminal, and access from the surrounding neighbourhoods.

Will an exit from Highway 401 to Dufferin Street be considered?

The Transportation Master Plan will assess the feasibility of providing a westbound off-ramp from Highway 401 to Dufferin Street.

Can parks and community centre space be added into the development at Yorkdale Shopping Centre?

The Yorkdale Shopping Centre Block Master Plan study will examine the need for public parkland on site, including the size and location.

The study will also build upon the community services and facilities study done as part of the work for the Dufferin Street Secondary Plan. This may identify the need for additional spaces and/or improvements to existing facilities on the site or in the surrounding community.

The Yorkdale Local Advisory Committee is a non-political advisory body with the mandate to provide feedback to City staff on the Yorkdale Transportation Master Plan and Block Master Plan at key points throughout the two studies. Membership of the committee includes local residents and stakeholders.

Local Advisory Committee Meeting #1 – March 6, 2019

Local Advisory Committee Meeting #2 – November 21, 2019

Local Advisory Committee Meeting #3 – August 12, 2020

Local Advisory Committee Meeting #4 – April 13, 2021

Local Advisory Committee Meeting #5 – November 18, 2021

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