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Socio-Economic & Land Use Characteristics - Environmental Impact Assessment Report

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Key Findings

  • Land uses in the Study Area include neighbourhoods, core and general employment areas*, mixed-use areas, parks and natural areas, regeneration areas**, institutional areas, and utility corridors.
  • The Study Area includes 36 schools, seven libraries, 87 places of worship, one major hospital, 12 emergency services (ambulance and police facilities), two armed forces facilities, 80 parks and open spaces, and 112 community resources (day cares, supportive housing, non-profit organizations, community centers, and business associations).
  • During construction, access disruptions, visual effects, and nuisance effects such as dust and construction noise will be temporary and reduced via appropriate mitigation measures (see Potential Effects & Mitigation Measures).
  • The Ontario Line will create jobs as well as promote the purchase of local goods and services. Throughout construction, the Project is anticipated to support direct and indirect jobs.
  • The Project will result in a greater area of parkland by creating new parkland and increasing parkland in some areas of the Joint Corridor.

* Core employment areas contain businesses and economic activities such as manufacturing, processing, warehousing, offices, etc. General employment areas are places for business and economic activities such as restaurants, retail, service uses, etc., generally located on the peripheries of employment areas.

** Regeneration areas are primarily former manufacturing areas targeted for growth and development in Toronto and are encouraged to develop as mixed-use places.

Potential Effects & Mitigation Measures

Potential Effects

Construction

  • Permanent and temporary property acquisition within the Project footprint.
  • Potential for disruption to Study Area neighbouring land to accommodate Project construction activities.

Operation

  • Potential for disruption to Study Area neighbouring land to accommodate Project operation activities.
  • Visual effects from permanent public-facing structures and Project activities.

Mitigation Measures

Construction

  • Restore temporary occupied lands once construction is complete.
  • Provide well connected, clearly delineated, and appropriately signed walkways and cycling route options, with clearly marked detours where required.
  • Maintain access to businesses during working hours where feasible. Where regular access cannot be maintained, alternative access and signage will be provided.

Operation

  • Reduce visual effects of Project structures by considering their location, building materials, architectural design, and surrounding landscape treatments.
  • Provide lighting and wayfinding signs and cues to aid navigation around each station site.

Image of people crossing a busy intersection at University Avenue and Queen Street West in Toronto, looking south.

Typical streetscape of Toronto. University Avenue and Queen Street West, looking South.
Source: Stantec 2021

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