Monday July 10, 2023 – At today’s final meeting of the Subcommittee on Metrolinx’s Ontario Line Construction, Chair Ausma Malik (Councillor, Ward 10, Spadina-Fort York), Chris Moise (Councillor, Ward 13, Toronto Centre), and Paula Fletcher (Councillor, Ward 14, Toronto-Danforth) approved the City’s Recommendations for Metrolinx's Ontario Line Construction. The approved recommendations outline clear direction to Metrolinx and the Provincial Government on how to build and implement the Ontario Line to ensure the best results are achieved for Toronto residents in terms of design, schedule, construction, community benefits, public engagement, protecting small businesses and providing neighbourhood support.
The Subcommittee was created in response to concerns from residents, community stakeholders, and the local City Councillors who have expressed frustration about the lack of public engagement and communication from Metrolinx and the Provincial government on the Ontario Line. Through today’s final report, Metrolinx and the Province is given clear instruction from the City on how to work with the local communities and the City while building this important public transit infrastructure.
“Through the work of the Subcommittee, the City has given a voice to those feeling unheard by Metrolinx, and to show a better way forward. Thanks to the letters, phone calls, and deputations of residents and stakeholders, we have heard your priorities, and have been able to gather information through City staff across departments as to how those can be addressed proactively while moving forward with this much needed public transit project,” stated Councillor and Committee Chair Ausma Malik, who represents Spadina–Fort York. “We have created a blueprint for how Metrolinx, and the Province can work together with the City of Toronto, and our local communities and stakeholders to ensure we keep transit moving, communities are supported, and small businesses are protected during the construction period.”
Having been approved by the Subcommittee today, the report is expected to receive final approval at the July 19 City Council meeting next week.
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For more information, please contact:
Office of City Councillor Ausma Malik
Ward 10 - Spadina–Fort York