Your Input: Use of Jets at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport + Communities’ Cultural Infrastructure

The City of Toronto wants your input at two upcoming public consultations in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

This video (32:01) presents “Toronto Island Airport Dilemma.”

  • Porter Airlines seems to have been a commercial success and now, it wants to expand.
  • Expansion plans call for the introduction of “whisper” jets and a runway extension into Lake Ontario.
  • The Agenda examines the pros and cons of an expanded Island airport. Does Toronto need it? Does Toronto want it?

Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport
Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport

Public Consultation on Use of Jets at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport

  • There is a request from Porter Airlines to amend the 1983 Tripartite Agreement between the City of Toronto, the Government of Canada, and the Toronto Port Authority (TPA) to permit the landing of commercial jets at Billy Bishop Toronto Centre Airport (BBTCA).
    • At City of Toronto’s May 7 meeting, Toronto City Council asked City staff to undertake a review of this request.
      • The review excludes the following:
        • an expansion into the Toronto Islands Park,
        • an expansion of the current Marine Exclusion Zone
        • and any change to existing airport noise guidelines.
    • Please note that the Tripartite Agreement governs the operation of BBTCA.
      • The agreement places restrictions on the types of aircraft that may be operated at the airport, hours of operation, noise conditions and access to the facilities.
      • The Tripartite Agreement may be amended with the written consent of all parties.
        • Any amending agreement would be brought back to Toronto City Council for approval before being signed.
      • The City of Toronto, the TPA and the Government of Canada each own part of the lands on which the airport is located.
  • The focus of the consultation is to assess how changes to the airport would impact the city, including the ongoing revitalization of the waterfront and nearby communities on the water’s edge.
  • Specific issues to be considered include:

    • aviation – noise, safety and infrastructure,
    • economic impacts,
    • land use and community impacts,
    • marine navigation, coastal and habitat assessments,
    • public health impacts, and
    • transportation impacts.
  • All Toronto residents are encouraged to participate and provide the City with feedback about this important issue in the following ways.
Above, City of Toronto`s Backgrounder and images.
Above, City of Toronto`s Backgrounder and images.

Did you know?

  • Currently, both Porter and Air Canada operate out of BBTCA.
  • The flights are restricted to hours between 6:45 a.m. and 11 p.m.
  • BBTCA grew in passengers from more than 770,000 to more than 1.9 million between 2009 and the end of 2012.
    • This increase in passenger volume has stressed the airport’s facilities, local street traffic and other community infrastructure.

Here is the timeline of the consultations and review process.

  1. The findings from the consultation process will be available online after the consultation has concluded and will be used to help inform the staff review.
  2. Staff will submit an update on this matter to the September 24 meeting of the City’s Executive Committee.
  3. A final public consultation meeting will be held in early November.
  4. The final report is scheduled to be brought forward for consideration at the December 5 meeting of the Executive Committee.
  5. Pending decisions made by the City’s Executive Committee, the final report will then go to Council for consideration.

Please click here for more info about how to make a deputation.

More information about the review is available at

Please note that info will be collected in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

  • With the exception of personal information, all comments will become part of the public record.

Contact Info:

Chris Dunn, Project Manager,
City of Toronto
Telephone: 416-395-1211

City of Toronto's image: Cultural Spaces.
City of Toronto’s image: Cultural Spaces.

Fall Meetings for Toronto’s Making Space for Culture Project

  • The Making Space for Culture project is a recommendation of the Creative Capital Gains Report, which Toronto City Council unanimously endorsed in 2011.
    • Thirty ward consultations have already been conducted in 2012 and in 2013.
  • The City of Toronto will hold 14 ward-based meetings from September 16 to October 30 to assess community needs for affordable and sustainable cultural spaces.
  • These consultations will help provide councillors and those investing in cultural infrastructure with insight into individual wards’ needs and priorities.
  • Toronto is seeking Torontonians’ input about the neighbourhood’s cultural infrastructure on topics such as public participation in cultural activities and accessibility to cultural spaces.
    • Examples of culture spaces and infrastructure include performance venues for music, theatre or dance, art galleries and studios, and rehearsal spaces.
  • Residents are invited to attend the fall consultation meetings to be held in the following wards, listed chronologically:
    • Ward 22 – September 16, 6 to 8 p.m.
    • Ward 16 – September 24, 6 to 8 p.m.
    • Ward 25 – September 28, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
    • Ward 39 – October 2, 6 to 8 p.m.
    • Ward 2 – October 5, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
    • Ward 7 – October 5, 2 to 4 p.m.
    • Ward 29 – October 7, 6 to 8 p.m.
    • Ward 44 – October 15, 6 to 8 p.m.
    • Ward 6 – October 19, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
    • Ward 14 – October 19, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
    • Ward 17 – October 22, 6 to 8 p.m.
    • Ward 38 – October 24, 6 to 8 p.m.
    • Ward 31 – October 29, 6 to 8 p.m.
    • Ward 9 – October 30, 6 to 8 p.m.

Please click here for more info about these consultations, including specific locations of the above meetings.

Residents who were/are not able to attend the public meetings can participate in an online survey at

City of Toronto Contact Info

Phone within Toronto city limits: 311.

Phone outside city limits: 416-392-CITY (2489)
(can be used within Toronto if you can’t reach 311).

TTY customers: 416-338-0TTY (0889)
Fax: 416-338-0685

If your matter is urgent, please call them. They are open 24/7.


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