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Federal and provincial governments support projects
to restore, renew and rebuild Union Station



The Governments of Canada and Ontario announced today that they are investing $305 million in various projects to revitalize Union Station.

The City of Toronto, Toronto Transit Commission, WATERFRONToronto and other partners have been working on the various projects for several years.

The Government of Canada is setting aside as much as $133 million — one-third of the eligible project costs — to help improve passenger flow and capacity, protect the heritage aspects of the station and maintain the building in a state of good repair.

The Province of Ontario is contributing $172 million, including $92 million to buy and significantly rebuild the the station’s key GO Transit concourse at Bay Street and link it to a new GO concourse at York Street. This will increase space in the concourse, improve pedestrian flow and increase accessibility. Provincial funding also includes:

  • $33 million towards building a walkway under York Street to join the northwest corner of Union Station to Wellington Street and connect to buildings along the route; and
  • $47 million for other renewal projects, including $20 million to restore the various heritage elements of the main building.

The City of Toronto is supplying the balance of the $640 million total estimated cost of the projects. During the next few weeks, the City will likely announce a private-sector partner to manage and lease commercial space in Union Station and that partner will probably contribute a large part of the City’s share of the funding.

Union Station is Canada’s busiest passenger facility — much busier, for example, than Toronto Pearson International Airport — and the main transportation hub for Toronto, the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area and Southern Ontario. More than 65 million passengers pass through Union Station annually, traveling on TTC, GO Transit and VIA Rail trains. The number of passengers using the station will increase significantly in the immediate future.

Metrolinx, the regional transportation authority, has identified expanding Union Station and as one of the key priorities in The Big Move, its regional transportation plan for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.

Steve Munro, a member of the Union Station Public Advisory Group, reports in detail on what’s going to happen at Union Station on his website.


You can read more about how the City plans to restore and revitalize the station here.

You can read more about how GO Transit plans to improve Union Station here.

You can read more about the TTC’s project to build a second subway platform at Union Station here.

The TTC also has other plans that will affect Union Station, including expanding the streetcar platform to accommodate:

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