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KPMG Report Highlights Opportunity for Thoughtful Planning for Pickering Airport

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People walking through an airportAviation Sector Analysis identifies need for new southern Ontario airport as early as 2036

AJAX, March 05, 2020 – When the southern Ontario airports system reaches capacity, Pickering and Durham Region will be prepared to answer the need. Today, Transportation Canada released the Aviation Sector Analysis, a study conducted by KPMG with a focus on the federally-owned Pickering Lands.

The report states that Pearson Airport, Billy Bishop Airport, and the southern Ontario airports system could reach capacity by 2036, creating demand for a new airport. At this time, the system is expected to support 119.6 million runway passengers per annum. Based on market factors, the report also states that a new airport on the Pickering Lands would be capable of fulfilling the requirements of either an industrial airport or specialty passenger airport.

“We as a region and a community have been given a tremendous opportunity for the careful thought and planning required for a project of this scale,” said Nicole Gibson, Executive Director of the Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade (APBOT). “Development of the Pickering Airport could take as long as 15 years and we call on the Federal Government to remove the question mark placed on these lands when they were expropriated 48 years ago. Now is the time for all levels of government to work together and begin this important planning.”

It is crucial that should an airport be built in Pickering, the necessary infrastructure be in place so that it is a benefit, and not a hardship to existing business and residents. Durham Region’s population is projected to grow to 1.2 million by 2041, and an infrastructure project as large as an airport will require appropriate planning. The timelines laid out in the report offer the opportunity to plan for the development of the things like the road and transit systems that will be needed to keep people and goods moving into, out of, and through our Region.

In the interim, in order to achieve the capacity goals laid out in the report, the APBOT urges the Federal Government to work with all stakeholders to ensure necessary investments and careful strategizing is in place. This is crucial to making sure the transportation needs of our southern Ontario businesses and residents continue to be met until the time that a new airport is built.

The APBOT is happy for the partial release of this long-awaited report and will be making a request for it to be made publicly available in its entirety.

As planning for an airport begins, the APBOT looks forward to representing the voice of business at the table with all levels of government.


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Established in 1955, the Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade (APBOT) is the voice of business in Ajax and Pickering, ON. With more than 650 members, APBOT represents an array of business sectors and small to large organizations. APBOT is part of the nation-wide network of Chambers of Commerce and Boards of Trade, as well as the Joint Chambers of Durham. For more information regarding the Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade, visit:


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Samantha Paterson, Communications & Policy Specialist, Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade

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