Roads and Trails

Downsview Area Major Roads Class Environmental Assessment

Public Drop-in Event

The City hosted a public drop-in event on October 26, 2016, from 5-8p.m. at the Community Engagement Hub within Downsview Park (70 Canuck Ave.).


If you require assistance in reading these materials, please contact Jason Diceman 416-338-2830

Please provide your comments on these materials by November 9, 2016.


Study Overview

The City of Toronto is approaching completion of a Municipal Class Environmental
Assessment (Class EA) study to refine the design of the new roads previously approved in the Downsview Secondary Plan Area. These new roads include the following:

map of study area as described in text on this page

A. 2.3 km long northerly extension of Transit Rd. to provide a connection to Chesswood Dr. and Sheppard Ave. W.


B. 1.2 km long westerly extension of Transit Road across Sheppard Ave. W. to Keele St.


C. A 2.6 km road running south from the future Transit Rd.



The recommended alignments have been refined to maximize the potential for parks, boulevards, developments and employment opportunities. The recommended transportation network design applies a multi-modal approach including connected multi-use trails (e.g. for cycling), wide sidewalks and 1-2 traffic lanes in each direction
on the roadway. The network plan generally follows what was previously presented at the public open house in May 2010 for the Downsview Area Secondary Plan.



A Transportation Master Plan (TMP) was completed as part of the Downsview Area Secondary Plan in 2010.  These major roads identified in the TMP are needed to address the severely constrained existing road network through the site, reduce congestion along surrounding roads, such as Keele Street and Sheppard Avenue, and to allow for redevelopment of the Downsview Area to occur.


Study Process

The TMP met the requirements of Phases 1 and 2 of the Class EA process. This study will fulfill the requirements of Phases 3 and 4 of the Class EA process (schedule 'C'). It will develop and evaluate designs for the major roads identified in the Transportation Master Plan, assess the impacts of those proposed designs, identify measures to lessen any adverse impacts, and document the decision making process within an Environmental Study Report (ESR). 


We would like to hear from you

Public consultation is an important part of this study. If you would like more information, please contact:

Jason Diceman
Public Consultation Coordinator
City of Toronto Metro Hall, 19th Fl.
55 John St. Toronto, ON M5V 3C6
Tel: 416-338-2830 Fax: 416-392-2974