The City of Pickering has initiated an Integrated Transportation Master Plan (ITMP) study.

The ITMP is a strategic planning document designed to define the policies, programs and infrastructure improvements required to address existing and future transportation needs. The City of Pickering seeks an ITMP that will define a city-wide vision for the development of transportation priorities, programs and networks that will guide future municipal transportation investments in an integrated manner. The ITMP is a critical document in determining the Municipality's objectives of promoting mobility for all modes of transportation improving existing and future transportation infrastructure and supporting a vibrant downtown through a multi-modal network.

The study is being conducted in accordance with the requirements of Phases 1 and 2 of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment which is an approved process under the Environmental Assessment Act.

Background and Overview

What is an Integrated Transportation Master Plan?

An Integrated Transportation Master Plan (ITMP) is a long range plan which provides a framework and direction for transportation infrastructure needs across a broad area, such as a city or region. The Master Plan can also act as a visioning exercise which presents the objectives that a municipality wishes to achieve in the coming decades and the supporting policies on which infrastructure decisions are based.

Pickering's population is expected to double by 2031, and over the past decade, there has been a significant effort on planning for Central Pickering and the Urban Growth Centre to accommodate the anticipated population growth. This ITMP will put those pieces together and provide a comprehensive plan for the entire City. It will focus on leveraging planned investments to ensure that growth contributes positively to all communities

The ITMP will be informed by existing policies such as:

It will also update the City's Trails & Bicycle Network Plan and create a Complete Streets Guideline.

Municipal Class Environmental Process

The Integrated Transportation Master Plan study will be conducted in accordance with the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) process. The Master Plan will fulfill the requirements of Phase 1, identifying and describing problems or opportunities, and Phase 2, identifying, evaluating, and selecting alternative solutions, preparing solutions to the problems, preparing a general inventory of the existing environment, and initial public and stakeholder consultation.

At the conclusion of the Integrated Transportation Master Plan, individual projects will proceed to Phases 3, 4, and 5 of the Municipal Class EA process, with requirements depending on projected cost and scale.  Phase 3 includes a second round of public consultation, as well as more detailed alternative solutions, and more detailed studies on environmental impacts. Phase 4 consists of the completion of the Environmental Study Report, while Phase 5 involves the implementation of the preferred design.

Documents and Reports

Phase 1 Consultation Summary

To establish a transportation vision for Pickering, the City engaged citizens through a Public Information Centre and a Community Survey.

The results of the public engagement led to the development of the vision for the Pickering ITMP:

"A safe and well-connected transportation system that offers inclusive mobility, supports complete and sustainable communities, and facilitates continued economic growth.”

The feedback collected from the public, including your thoughts on what is and is not working for your travel needs, is captured in the Phase One Public Engagement Report.

Get Involved

The study will have three rounds of Public Information Centres (PIC) where you can meet the study team and discuss your ideas for Pickering's future transportation system.

The first PIC was held on November 4, 2017

The second PIC was held on June 21, 2018

The third PIC was held on June 19, 2019 at Pickering City Hall, and on June 20, 2019 at Dr. Nelson F. Tomlinson Community Center

Next Steps

  1. Submit Draft ITMP report for Agency review (Region of Durham, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, Parks Canada etc.).
  2. Revise and refine strategies and recommendations based on Agency comments and public feedback from PIC 3.
  3. Anticipated date of Draft ITMP report presentation to the Executive Committee on March 1, 2021 for endorsement, and to authorize staff to post the ITMP for the 30-day public review period.
  4. Issue Notice of Completion and provide the ITMP for the 30-day public review period.
  5. Finalize ITMP.

Questions? Ideas? Contact us!

Email the project team at:

Nadeem Zahoor P.Eng., M.Eng
Transportation Engineer
City of Pickering
One The Esplanade
Pickering, ON   L1V 6K7
T. 905.420.4660 ext. 2213

Suzette Shiu, P.Eng.
Consultant Project Manager
IBI Group
55 St. Clair Avenue West
Toronto, ON M4V 2Y7
T. 416.596.1930 ext. 61447

Under the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, unless otherwise stated in the submission, any personal information included in a submission will become part of the public record.