KPMG Aviation Sector Analysis shows future need for Pickering airport


News Release

For Immediate Release

KPMG Aviation Sector Analysis shows future need for Pickering airport


Pickering, ON, March 5, 2020 - The regions of Durham and York, in addition to the City of Pickering, are encouraged by the projected need for an airport in Pickering by 2036, as noted in the KPMG Aviation Sector Analysis released by the Transport Canada.

“We’re excited by what we’ve read in this report—the need for an airport by 2036. A 21st century airport will attract companies in aviation, aerospace and related services and industries,” said John Henry, Durham Regional Chair and Chief Executive Officer. “It also aligns with our economic development plans; providing jobs and prosperity across the Greater Toronto Area. That’s why it’s important to get this right. With only 16 years to prepare for such an important and complex infrastructure project, we need to start planning now.”

The KPMG Aviation Sector Analysis report looked at five options for the federally owned Pickering Airport lands, which were set aside more than 46 years ago (in 1972) for airport development.

“First, the question was ‘if’ an airport was needed. That question has been answered—there will be a need for an airport. Then the question was ‘when’. That has been answered today—we need to get ready for 2036,” said Pickering Mayor Dave Ryan. “Now, it’s up to the people of Durham, York and Pickering to determine ‘how’, which is great news for all of us. We have a responsibility to come together and plan to build something truly amazing.”

The 8,700-acre site, also known as the Pickering Airport Lands, offers a rare opportunity to create a major employment zone adjacent to a new airport. These lands are ready for oversized infrastructure; designated for a major employment cluster, close to where people live. It also provides a chance to support one of Durham Region’s largest and most valuable economic drivers: agriculture.

“Similar to other global examples, this site has the potential to connect modern farming and aviation,” continued Henry. “We’re focused on sustainable airport operations that have the smallest possible carbon footprint and the biggest possible impact on our economy and quality of life.”

The City of Pickering, and the regions of York and Durham, have been working together to plan for the future use of the federally owned Pickering Lands, which have been set aside for decades for airport use. These municipal partners will continue to meet to best determine how to engage the community and support the federal government in the planning process.


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Media inquiries:

The Regional Municipality of Durham:
Tania Laverty – Manager, Communications (Corporate)
905-668-7711 ext. 3813


City of Pickering:
Mark Guinto - Manager, Public Affairs & Corporate Communications
Office of the Mayor
905.420.4660 ext. 2013

If you require this information in an accessible format, please call 1-800-372-1102 ext. 2036.

Thank you Ward One & Welcome to


For once again placing your confidence in me. Representing my fellow neighbours, friends and taxpayers at Pickering and Durham Regional Council is not something I take lightly, I always have Ward One’s best interests at heart when voting at council.


I look forward to communicating with residents through various different outlets like email, website, phone and through social media. I am always available and look forward to hearing from YOU! 


Over the coming term, I'm excited to work with council to bring more jobs to Pickering, keep taxes low and most importantly Move Pickering Forward! 

Kevin Ashe

Regional Councillor

Ward One, City of Pickering

"Councillor Kevin Ashe is a cordial presence on council, debating respectfully and asking thoughtful questions. He takes a keen interest in how issues impact residents in Ward 1 and is knowledgeable when it comes to his constituency.


He makes good use of social media to keep the public updated and gauge feedback on hot topics, such as a proposed casino. Councillor Ashe is accessible to residents and this year worked with police to host a seniors’ seminar on the danger of scams. 


His civility and willingness to break with council’s 4-3 voting pattern are helpful."

2014 News Advertiser Report Card


"Councillor Kevin Ashe is adept at balancing residents’ needs with the good of the city. In a recent dispute over student enrolment at an area Montessori school, Coun. Ashe helped bring residents and school administration together in an attempt to compromise on the issue, which reflects his good sense and diplomatic qualities. 


He also continued to champion the casino issue after his original motion to declare Pickering a host city failed. He frequently plays the peacemaker at council, championing civil debate over arguments and providing calm, logical input."


For these reasons his grade has improved this year."

2013 News Advertiser Report Card


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