What is the Seaton Community?

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.

Vision for Seaton

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 is being developed as a new and aspirational model of urban sustainability, there is an opportunity to promote and advance these tenets throughout the entire Region of Durham and GTA. To help facilitate this the City created the Sustainable Seaton: Community-Building Series to engage and inspire key industry stakeholders.

Where is Seaton?

The Central Pickering Development Plan 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

View the Central Pickering Development Plan

How many people will live in Seaton?

Seaton is being planned for an ultimate population of 70,000 people and a range of housing types and densities that will be provided in 6 neighbourhoods.

How many people will work in Seaton?

To maintain an appropriate balance between residential and employment growth, Seaton is being planned to provide up to 35,000 jobs when fully built out. Most of these jobs will be within a prestige employment area around the Highway 407 corridor. There will also be 'population-serving' jobs throughout the community, including personal service, office and retail employment.

When will Seaton be built?

Final planning and design work is still being done for Seaton, including the completion of a number of studies. Keep up to date on the studies that have been completed, studies that are in progress and studies that are still pending.