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The Ontario Line - Neighbourhood Updates - Downtown - Corktown

Two-dimensional map of the future station entrance building at Corktown station and the surrounding area. The station serving Corktown will be located to the east side of Berkeley Street at King Street East. The map depicts a rough outline of the projected station buildings’ footprints, anticipated station entrance points, permanent property requirements, and streetcar routes and stops.
Three-dimensional map of permanent property impacts at Corktown station. A burnt-orange colour denotes properties that will be permanently impacted by Ontario Line construction, including the following: 25 Berkeley Street, 250 Front Street East, 265 Front Street East, 271 Front Street East, 44 Parliament Street, 68 Parliament Street, and70 Parliament Street.

Permanent property impacts

Three-dimensional map of future Ontario Line Corktown station at surface level. A purple colour denotes the locations of the station and its entrance

Future state concept

The Ontario Line station serving Corktown will make it easier for people to visit this new and growing neighborhood and the nearby Distillery District.

A new Ontario Line connection here will connect to popular surface routes such as the 504 King Streetcar, 65 Parliament bus and 172 Cherry Street bus.

The station will be within a short 10-minute walk for more than 26,400 residents, in an area of the city where 3,300 households don’t currently own a car. An estimated 4,100 people are expected to use Corktown station during the busiest travel hour.

Corktown Station will be located next to the site of Upper Canada’s first Parliament Buildings which were completed in 1797, burned by occupying American forces in 1813, and rebuilt in 1820, only to succumb to an accidental fire in 1824.

Indigenous Peoples were present on the lands where the First Parliament site was built long before settlers arrived. The site is located on the traditional territory of many Nations, including the Anishnabeg, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat Peoples. It is on lands covered by Treaty 13 with the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation.

To help tell those stories, we’re asking you to rank the themes that were identified in City of Toronto’s First Parliament Heritage Interpretation Strategy as priorities for presentation in the new station. These themes were informed with feedback from Indigenous Nations, previous public consultation and research.

These are the themes being considered:

  • A Site of Strategic Importance - looks at the site’s historical significance for Indigenous peoples prior to colonial settlement, and later as a gathering place for early settlers and the location for Upper Canada’s capital, as well as mid-19th century competitions over the capital of the United Province of Canada, which eventually led to Ottawa becoming home to our federal parliament.
  • Establishing a Seat of Government - explores how the Parliament of Upper Canada was established, systems of government and the site’s role as the centre of debate and decision-making. It will also review the Royal Proclamation of 1763.
  • Planning and Infrastructure - examines construction of the first and second parliament buildings, their position in the wider urban context of the city and how they influenced local, provincial and national development.
  • Civil Society - describes an area that for thousands of years was witness to the migration of Indigenous Peoples and later French traders, British loyalists, enslaved and freed Black people, and immigrants from many countries around the world.
  • Industry and Commerce - explores traditional trade among Indigenous Peoples, government decisions that set-up the province’s first banking structure, and the area’s later role as a hub of industry, hosting Consumers’ Gas, a railway and automotive sector businesses.

As well, there are cross-cutting themes – Diverse People, Impact, Connections and Growth of the City. The City’s Heritage Interpretation Strategy describes them as connectors, allowing stories to be weaved together.

Watch the video presentation below for even more details and take the survey here! The survey closes on December 17, 2021.

Early works and archaeological assessments are now underway.

Final designs for these sites will be determined through consultations under the Transit-Oriented Communities Program.

Stats and Facts*

  • 26,400 people within walking distance to station
  • 4,100 customers will use the station during the busiest travel hour (2,800 getting on and 1,300 getting off the Ontario Line)
  • 1,900 surface transfers during the busiest travel hour
  • 15,700 jobs in the area

*Forecast for the year 2041

For more details, visit Metrolinx News.

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