City of Pickering Supports Development of an Airport

Posted on Wednesday October 11, 2017

Pickering, ON, October 11, 2017 - At last night’s Council meeting, the City of Pickering endorsed a motion to support the development of an airport in Pickering, subject to the results identified in the Federal Government’s forthcoming Aviation Sector Analysis - Pickering Airport Study.

City Council was presented with a staff report on investment attraction and job creation, which outlined the need to develop the requisite infrastructure to attract multinational companies, like Amazon, to Pickering’s Innovation Corridor. One of the report’s key recommendations focused on a Pickering airport.

The report identified a Pickering airport as having the potential to become a significant economic catalyst for attracting major commercial investment to the City, spurring additional infrastructure investments, and creating thousands of new jobs, which would provide the residents of Pickering and Durham Region with an opportunity to earn good income while working close to home.

For the past year and half, the City has been receiving significant expressions of interest from several multinational companies looking to relocate and/or expand their business operations to Pickering’s Innovation Corridor due to its proximity to the Federal Pickering Lands site.  These international conglomerates are waiting for the Federal Government’s decision on the airport lands before they can make a firm commitment to Pickering.

“Our advocating for an airport sends a strong message that Pickering is open for business, and that our time is now,” said Mayor Dave Ryan. “We look forward to the release of the Aviation Sector Analysis - Pickering Airport Study.  We expect the study to support the establishment of an airport, and we urge the Federal Government to expedite the process so that we may sooner bring these multinational corporations to our Innovation Corridor and create thousands of new jobs for Durham residents.”


As a gateway to the east GTA, Pickering (population 94,000) is strategically located where Toronto, York and Durham Regions meet, and boasts a world class EN3 Cluster of Energy, Environmental and Engineering companies. Pickering is home to the largest industrial sector in Durham Region, including a wide range of manufacturers who ship their products across the globe.  Seaton is a new community located in Central Pickering, designed to attract 30,000 new jobs and 60,000 new residents to the City by 2031.  New business can take advantage of direct access to major highways; an educated and skilled labour force; state-of-the-art infrastructure; and a wealth of emerging greenfield employment lands fronting Highway 407.

Media Contact:

Mark Guinto
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