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Moving Goods


The efficient movement of goods and services in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) is essential to the prosperity of the region. An estimated $3.5 billion worth of goods are moved by rail and truck in the GTHA every day — a figure that’s expected to increase by about 35% in the next 25 years.

It’s essential for us to identify how to move both goods and people safely and effectively, using shared infrastructure that serves both. It can’t be an either-or scenario.

Open Full Map: Proposed Regional Goods Movement Network (for Roads and Highways)


The Draft Plan outlines innovative ways we can improve freight logistics moving forward. These include things like urban freight hubs and the use of transit stations as pick-up locations for small parcels, which reduces door-to-door delivery in urban cores. Local bicycle delivery could also be expanded to further reduce the need for and impact of delivery vehicles in our neighbourhoods.

Our roads are key corridors on which goods are delivered every day. Reliable connections that allow trucks to get to freight clusters — areas with high concentrations of freight-related activities — will increase efficiency. New freight corridors, truck-only lanes and moving freight outside of peak travel times, would also further increase efficiency, reduce congestion and decrease emissions.

Optimizing the highway and major road network for goods movement will support the efficient, reliable and safe movement of goods while reducing costs and environmental impacts.


The Draft Plan recommends increased collaboration between public and private sectors in order to develop a Regional Strategic Goods Movement Network, and to pursue other actions to study and monitor goods movement.

Graphic detailing Key Principles of the Regional Goods Movement Network

A key part of a connected GTHA is the ability to move goods in an effective manner, while minimizing the impact that has on the environment. As our economy grows, so does the demand for freight, even if our economy is increasingly service-based. This is one area in particular where private industry and innovation can meaningfully contribute to positive changes that make the region move more efficiently for everyone.

Find out more about moving goods

Check the Draft Plan for more information:

Page 76:
Optimize the highway and major road and rail network for Goods Movement

Page 80:
Further define and support a Regional Goods Movement Network

The movement of goods into and within the GTHA is critical. What do you think would be the best way to improving it?