The Canadian government has unveiled plans for a new airport, among other developments, at the federally-owned Pickering Lands site outside of Toronto.
The new airport will replace Buttonville Municipal Airport, which is to be redeveloped as a mixed-use site.
“There will be land for an airport, there will be urban and industrial development and there will be considerable green space on these lands,” said Minister of Finance Jim Flaherty said in a statement. "We are striking a responsible balance that will allow us to preserve our quality of life, while creating jobs and long-term prosperity in Durham Region and the GTA. With the Buttonville Airport closing, with Highway 407 being extended eastward, and now clarity around the Pickering Lands, Durham Region is well positioned to be a hub for transportation, business development and job creation.”
A 2011 Needs Assessment Study
highlighted the need for an airport in the region between 2027 and 2037. - Jon Ross