• Master Plan

    Our region is growing and so is demand for air travel. Learn more about how we are preparing to support our stakeholders over the next 20 years.

    Toronto Pearson Master Plan 2017-2037

    Over the next three decades, Southern Ontario is set to experience significant growth – its population will reach 15 million and its GDP will double, reaching $1.1 trillion. This growth means that regional demand for air travel is also on the rise. The Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA), operator of Toronto Pearson International Airport, has updated its Master Plan with new short, medium, and long-term plans to support regional and global demand for air travel.

    Read the full Master Plan 2017-2037

    Master Plan 2017-2037  

    What is it?

    The Master Plan is a document that outlines our short, medium and long-term plans on how we will respond to forecasts for air travel generated by regional and global demand.

    It is updated every 10 years, looking 20 years out at airfield, passenger terminal, groundside access, cargo, business aviation, support and ancillary facilities, and the facility improvements that are needed to ensure the airport can meet demand and operate efficiently while working with local stakeholders to ensure we are addressing impacts.

    The Master Plan serves not only as a blueprint for the development of the Airport’s physical facilities, it also provides a snapshot of its existing facilities, conditions, and capabilities; examines future needs; and establishes the Land Use Plan for the Airport.

    Why do we do it?

    The GTAA is required to update its Master Plan every 10 years, as outlined in its ground lease with Transport Canada.

    The primary purpose of the Master Plan is to ensure the airport can efficiently respond to forecasts for air travel generated by regional and global demand.

    What are the details of the ground lease?

    The Greater Toronto Airports Authority has a 60-year ground lease with the federal government, which began on December 2, 1996. The ground-lease stipulates that GTAA must actively manage and operate Toronto Pearson at its own cost and expense, in a reputable manner as a First-Class Facility and a Major International Airport. The terms of ground lease state that the GTAA must return the airport back to the federal government as an efficiently run asset.

    How is the Master Plan created?

    The Master Plan uses inputs from all departments at the GTAA to evaluate the current state of Toronto Pearson and map out the trajectory for improvements and developments that will be needed to respond to forecasts for growth and the needs of the region.

    Is there an approval process?

    The draft Master Plan is submitted to the Minister of Transport. The Minister is only required to approve the land use section of the plan. The review process is a 90-day period.

    We work continuously with stakeholders to discuss regional and global demand and how we plan to meet it. For example, we are working with 10 other airports from Southern Ontario to meet the growing demand for air travel and keep the economics benefits in the region. We are also working on bringing our vision for a regional transit hub and passenger processing centre to life by engaging with regional transit authorities and municipalities.