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KPMG Aviation Sector Analysis shows future need for Pickering airport


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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.

2017 Report Card (A-)

We’ve criticized Coun. Ashe for his expenses in the past, and although he is the biggest spender, his expenses remain around the same as last year. He is usually one to ask questions of staff regarding motions brought forward by other members of council. He puts a lot of thought into his questions and the way in which he votes. He addresses many issues from a financial perspective, such as the time he argued that Shaheen Butt replace the vacant council seat left empty by the sudden death of Rick Johnson. Although the move did receive some criticism from the public, it saved taxpayers thousands of dollars, and he pointed out voter turnout is generally low in winter byelections. He was also vocal about his belief that tolls on Highway 412 should be dropped, mostly because the tolls have been negatively impacting alternate roads in Pickering.

2016 Report Card (A-)

Coun. Ashe's grade improves this year for two reasons: he was appointed by his colleagues as being competent enough to fill outgoing councillor Jennifer O’Connell’s seat at the Region of Durham - and he’s been doing a good job - and because he was able to cut down on his City expenses.


In fact, he’s no longer the biggest spender. He brings forward motions, including one to give $5,000 to the Fort McMurray relief fund. He speaks up on many issues at council and asks questions of staff and delegations.

2015 Report Card (B+)

Ward 1 City Councillor Kevin Ashe is interested in issues in his constituency as well as the community as a whole, and prefers real solutions rather than Band-Aids to fix problems. For example, when he supported a resolution to officially oppose Canada Post’s decision to halt home delivery service, he acknowledged it’s a bigger issue and there needs to be more discussion about efficiencies to help solve the problem. He doesn’t speak as much as most of his council colleagues, but when he does, it’s thoughtful, and he asks questions to members of the public. During budget discussions, he commented that with a City surplus running between $1.9 million to $2.25 million, residents were overtaxed in 2014. His expenses are the highest on council, aside from the mayor, so we’d like to see him curb his spending habits, for that his grade drops slightly.

2014 Report Card (A-)

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, although he doesn’t speak up as much as his council colleagues.


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.


Pickering Harbour Company - Details 


The Hon. Peter Bethlenfalvy, MPP Pickering-Uxbridge 

Letter in Support of Pickering Airport


Toronto East Aerotropolis - Toronto Board of Trade Presentation 


2018 Election Results

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.


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