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Yonge North Subway Extension Planning Moving Forward

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Yonge North Subway Extension Planning Moving Forward

Province Committed to Improving Transit

Ministry of Transportation

As part of Moving Ontario Forward, the province is helping to advance detailed planning work for the Yonge North Subway Extension that will connect more people to transit and improve travel around the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.

Ontario will be providing more than $55 million to its transit agency, Metrolinx to work with the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC), the Regional Municipality of York and York Region Rapid Transit Corporation to continue planning and design work on the priority project identified in Metrolinx's Regional Transportation Plan for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.

The proposed Yonge North Subway Extension would extend the Yonge Subway Line from the existing Finch Station to Highway 7 in Richmond Hill, giving residents and commuters more transit options when complete.

Ontario is making the largest investment in public infrastructure in the province's history -- about $160 billion over 12 years, which is supporting 110,000 jobs every year across the province, with projects such as roads, bridges, transit systems, schools and hospitals. In 2015, the province announced support for more than 325 projects that will keep people and goods moving, connect communities and improve quality of life. 

Expanding and creating new transit projects is part of the government's economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes investing in talent and skills, including helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history and investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.

Quick Facts

  • The Environmental Assessment for the Yonge North Subway Extension was approved in April 2009; an addendum to include an underground train storage facility and surface facilities was also approved in November 2014.
  • Through earlier studies by York Region, it is projected that 58 million riders would use the extension annually by 2031.
  • The government’s Moving Ontario Forward plan is supporting public transit, transportation and priority infrastructure, investing $31.5 billion. About $16 billion of this will be invested in priority rapid transit projects in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.

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“Under our Moving Ontario Forward plan, our government is committed to providing accessible, modern transit infrastructure that will manage congestion, reduce commute times, create jobs and improve the quality of life for Ontarians.”

Steven Del Duca

Minister of Transportation

“Our Moving Ontario Forward plan will invest in an integrated transit plan to provide the residents of Richmond Hill with more family time, increased business productivity and a higher quality of life.”

Reza Moridi

MPP for Richmond Hill

“This is exciting news for commuters in Toronto and York Region. Today’s announcement shows we are committed to improving transit to better connect residents to their schools, jobs and families.”

David Zimmer

MPP for Willowdale

“Metrolinx is proud to be working with our partners in Toronto and York Region on this project that will deliver more transit and bring us closer to a seamless, integrated transit network across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.”

Bruce McCuaig

President and CEO, Metrolinx

“The Yonge North Subway Extension project is now on track and moving forward thanks to the generous support of the Government of Ontario. Individuals and businesses across York Region have told us that increasing traffic congestion is by far their most pressing issue. In response, York Region along with our partners at Queen’s Park and in Ottawa have made significant investments to expand our road capacity and increase and modernize our public transit options.”

Wayne Emmerson

Chairman and CEO, York Region

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