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Property and Transit Construction

Acquiring and accessing property

The region is growing – an estimated 10 million people will live here by 2041 – but public transit has not kept up to meet that demand.

Improving the transportation network is vital to keeping the growth of our communities sustainable. By providing faster, easier options to move around, traffic congestion and greenhouse gas emissions will be reduced as more people choose transit and leave their vehicles at home.

Metrolinx is building more than 40 kilometres of new subway lines, almost 50 kilometres of new LRT lines, and more than 200 kilometres of new GO train tracks that will bring upwards of 100 new stations and stops throughout the region.

One of the challenges of building so many major transit projects in built-up urban areas is that there isn’t very much free space. This means that, in some cases, Metrolinx must acquire property.

Metrolinx follows all applicable laws, rules and regulations to ensure individuals and businesses impacted by property acquisition are treated with the utmost respect and receive the supports they need.

Metrolinx may need to acquire property temporarily or permanently to support the construction and operation of important new transit projects. If Metrolinx confirms that your property is needed, you will receive written notification from us informing you that this is the case.

After that, Metrolinx will arrange to meet with you to answer any questions you may have, including how much property is needed and why, how the acquisition process works, and expected timelines. Multiple meetings will take place throughout the property acquisition process to ensure you have the information and support you need.

If you live near a proposed project and you haven’t been contacted by Metrolinx yet, it could be for one of two reasons:

  1. Either no impacts to your property are anticipated, or
  2. Teams may not be at the stage where they are able to confirm if your property is needed, though it may be confirmed through further design work.

Metrolinx strives to communicate with property owners early and often so that there is ample time to work through solutions.

Transit Corridor Lands

Metrolinx is working with the Province to ensure important transit projects are delivered on time by avoiding issues that have caused delays in the past. To do this, the Province now allows land that may be needed for transit construction to be designated as transit corridor land.

Transit corridor lands are lands that may be needed for the planning, design and construction of priority transit projects. Designating these lands will help Metrolinx build transit faster, resulting in fewer inconveniences for neighbouring communities. Transit corridor lands have been identified for all priority transit projects, including the Ontario Line, the Scarborough Subway Extension, the Eglinton Crosstown West Extension and the Yonge North Subway Extension.

Project planners and engineers set the boundaries for transit corridor lands by first looking at the existing conditions and infrastructure along the proposed route of the project, like sewer mains, roadways and bridges. Then, they examined what kind of work would need to be done during planning and construction, how it might affect existing infrastructure, and how much room might be needed for the work.

Once the boundaries are set, an additional 30- metre buffer area is added surrounding the transit corridor lands to allow for any other needs that could come up during further design and construction work. The same permitting and property access conditions apply to these areas as well.

If your property is located on transit corridor land or within the 30- metre buffer area, you will be notified by letter. A notice of this designation will also appear on the title of your property, which will be shown in the land registry. This notice will be removed once construction of the project is complete.

You can also look up your property to see if it falls in the transit corridor land or the additional 30 metre buffer zone using the interactive map.

Find out more

If you have questions about our property acquisition process or a Metrolinx project being built close to you, please reach to the Community Relations team in your area: