In 2001, the federal lands in Pickering, Markham and Uxbridge were declared an airport site. The government of Canada has retained these Pickering lands for a potential future airport since acquiring them in 1972.
In July 2011, The Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) released the findings of a Needs Assessment Study done in 2010, which concluded that a new airport would be needed by 2027 at the earliest, to meet long term aviation needs and accommodate traffic growth.
On June 11, 2013, the government of Canada announced a smaller Pickering Airport site for future aviation needs, and the transfer of a portion of the federal lands to the Rouge National Urban Park. In 2015, to protect for the smaller airport site, the federal government published revised Airport Zoning Regulations in the Canada Gazette.
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