A Vibrant, New Community

Development is well underway for the Seaton Community, as one of the largest combined residential, employment and commercial developments in Canadian history. Seaton is designed to develop a complete community, offering a range of housing types, employment lands and land densities.

Seaton Zoning Bylaw

Seaton Zoning By-law - a consolidated zoning bylaw directing land use within the geographic area described in the Central Pickering Development Plan.

Who's building in Seaton?

Currently, the major residential builders in Seaton include:

Mattamy Homes

DG Group (New Seaton)

Lebovic Homes

White Sun

These builders also own lands designated for future commercial uses.  Contact them directly if you're interested in investing in future commercial uses.

The Province of Ontario and the City of Pickering also own employment lands within the new Seaton Community.  For information on these lands, contact our Economic Development Department at econdevl@pickering.ca.

What's happening now in Seaton?

Construction is ongoing for a number of development needs, including new roads and transportation connections, sanitary and storm water sewer networks, water lines, hydro and natural gas delivery and telecommunication expansion.

Major infrastructure projects are under construction including the new Whites Road extension and it's connection to the new interchange at Highway #407.  This interchange is nearly complete and is scheduled to open in the fall of 2020.

In the spring of 2018, residents began to occupy the first of many new residential subdivisions.

To locate projects under review or under construction, view the Map Portal page for Major Developments . Click through to our Current Development Proposals page to find details on specific projects, where available.

Neighbourhood Amenities - schools, parks, shops and more

The Central Pickering Development Plan describes a broad vision for Seaton as a sustainable urban community, integrated with a thriving agricultural community, and an extensive Natural Heritage System.

Subsequent work done by the City sets in place policies for the development of urban Seaton as a walkable, transit supportive community at densities that support an attractive community and an active street life, including neighbourhood shops, social facilities and parks. Seaton has been designed to include six neighbourhoods, featuring mixed housing of single and semi dwellings, townhouses, and apartments to meet a variety of lifestyles and incomes, as well as designated employment lands to support job creation.

New community facilities will include:

  • 3 secondary schools and 14 elementary schools
  • 2 fire halls, 1 EMS station and 1 police station
  • 2 recreation complexes with library facilities
  • a variety of parks and open green spaces
  • 1 transit depot

For details on commercial amenity locations, review the Seaton Neighbourhood Plans.

Seaton Mapping

The Central Pickering Development Plan (CPDP) affects a large area of land located generally between the CPR Belleville rail line and Highway 7 in central Pickering. The Plan is made up of 3 main components:

  • an urban community (Seaton) located east of the West Duffins Creek
  • an agricultural community (the Agricultural Preserve) located west of the West Duffins Creek
  • an open space system located along and adjacent to the natural areas, including the valley lands, wetlands and woodlots

Land Use designations for Central Pickering - Schedule 2 to the CPDP shows the main existing and future roads and some transit facilities are shown.

Natural Heritage System -Schedule 3 to the CPDP: indentifies the location of features such as forest, wetlands, and the Lake Iroquois Shoreline.

Transportation Network - Schedule 4 to the CPDP: indicates both existing and future Major Roads and Transit Facilities.

Servicing System - Schedule 5 to the CPDP: shows proposed water mains, reservoirs and pumping stations, and trunk sewer mains and pumping stations.

Seaton FAQ - the who, what & where

Check out our Seaton FAQ, for an overview of one of Canada’s largest, new greenfield communities.

Doing Business in Seaton

Providing opportunities for residents to work close to home is a key component of ensuring the sustainability of both the Seaton Community, and the City of Pickering as a whole. Our goal is to attract investment in a wide variety of industrial, commercial and retailing businesses throughout Seaton.

Seaton supports a balance of residential and employment growth, by providing up to 35,000 jobs when fully built out. The majority of job creation will occur within a prestige employment area within the Highway 7/407ETR corridor. There will also be 'population-serving' jobs throughout the community, including personal service, office and retail employment.

Transportation infrastructure has been enhanced to support new business growth. Highway 407 now spans the breadth of the City of Pickering and Durham Region, connecting directly through to Highway 115/35.  Wherever your destination, full interchanges at Brock Road (existing) and Whites Road (opening late 2020) make the movement of goods and people quick and easy.

Contact our Economic Development Office to explore new business opportunities in Seaton.

Sustainable Seaton

The City of Pickering has adopted the Seaton Sustainable Place-Making Guidelines to help create a walkable, transit-supportive community with an active street life, including neighbourhood shops, social facilities and parks. All future neighbourhood plans must meet the minimum standards set out in the guidelines in order to move forward with development.

About 50 per cent of Seaton will remain green, through planned parks, trails, village squares and preservation of open space.

Sustainable neighbourhood planning strives to achieve long-term socially, environmentally and economically healthy communities. In 2011, the Seaton Sustainable Place-Making Guidelines were created for Seaton, focussed on:

  • compact mixed use community structure
  • pedestrian-scaled neighbourhoods
  • transit-supportive neighbourhoods
  • linked open space system
  • natural and cultural heritage preservation
  • significant employment areas
  • pedestrian and bicycle routes
  • minimized impacts to natural features and stream crossings

Central Pickering Development Plan (CPDP)

The Central Pickering Development Plan (CPDP) was developed by the Province of Ontario,  Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing. The Plan establishes land use, transportation, and design policies for Central Pickering, to achieve the vision of a sustainable, urban community in Seaton integrated with a thriving agricultural community in the Duffins Rouge Agricultural Preserve and an extensive Natural Heritage System.

The plan provides for a population of up to 70,000 people and 35,000 jobs in Seaton, with a vision for compact urban neighbourhoods that provide a range of residential, mixed use and employment uses.

Consultants: Planning Alliance Inc., as lead consultant, with input from numerous sub-consultants

Status: The Plan was approved, and came into effect on May 3, 2006. Currently, the Plan is currently being implemented by the construction of approved projects.

 History of Seaton

The idea for Seaton was born in the early 1970's when the provincial government of the day proposed the development of a new community northeast of Toronto. The new community (which came to be known as North Pickering) was to have 150,000 to 200,000 people and be built in conjunction with a new federal airport to the north. However, for a variety of reasons the airport was not built, and the Province reconsidered its plans for North Pickering.

Over the years, a number of different concepts for these lands have been proposed. In 2006, a plan called the Central Pickering Development Plan was completed by the Province. This Plan calls for the development of the urban community of Seaton having up to 70,000 people and 35,000 jobs on the east side of the West Duffins Creek, and an agricultural area on the west side of the creek.

Over three quarters of Seaton received conditional approval for development in late 2013 and early 2014. This includes the approval of the Seaton Zoning By-law for all of the approved lands.

Building the foundation for this master-planned community began in 2015, with the construction of infrastructure for water, sewers, roads, power, gas, and telecommunications. A variety of builders are currently marketing and building new homes in Seaton with residential construction commencing in 2017.  The first residential occupancy of Seaton took place in the spring of 2018.