What Does The New Ontario Subway Line Mean To You?

About The Project

When it comes to expropriation, the hot topic throughout Ontario now is the new subway line, which is wreaking havoc and uncertainty amongst Ontario residents who worry about the impact that this initiative will have on them. 

This $11 billion, 15.5 km Ontario subway line will be the largest expansion in the province’s history, and is targeted to have 15 stops with 17  connections to GO Transit, TTC subway stations and streetcar lines. Included in these connections is also the Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit line. 

The Ontario Line, a Metrolinx project, is expected to run between Exhibition Place and the Ontario Science Centre and is expected to take 30 minutes from end to end.  Completion of this expansion line is expected in 2030, 3 years later than originally planned. 

What Does This Mean For Residents?

Above Ground

Despite residents’ growing concerns for the noise pollution, the Ontario government and Metrolinx are pushing forward with building a good part of this new subway line above ground, in order to save money. Metrolinx is also claiming that the above ground plan will save commuters time, as they will not have to travel underground to reach their train. 

Toronto residents of Thorncliffe, Flemingdon Park, Leslievill and Riverside have been voicing their objections, based on concerns about noise, obstructed views and the demolition of neighbourhood landmarks such as the Jimmie Simpson Park and community centre.  Residents also fear that the above ground portions of the Ontario subway line will take out many local businesses and houses that fall along the path.  The above ground portions of the line are expected to be at the Exhibition Place stop for 3 stops and then again and three more stops from south of the DVP in East York to the Science Centre.

Residential Neighborhoods

Residents are concerned that whether they live by the underground or above ground sections of the subway line, they will face noise, and disruption from underground vibrations.  

Residents also fear that the above ground sections of the line will take away land that could be used to build affordable housing, another much needed initiative that they feel would be more beneficial to their neighbourhood.  

We Can Help

If you are worried about expropriation, or if you have received a letter from Metrolinx regarding the potential expropriation of your property, we are here for you.  Our lawyers specialize in expropriation law and are here to help fight for your rights every step of the way.  Contact us today and see how we can help.