Ontario Making Progress on Yonge North Subway Extension

Province Issues Request for Proposals to Advance Tunnelling Work

YORK REGION – The Ontario government is taking another step forward to get shovels in the ground on the Yonge North Subway Extension by issuing a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the contract to design and build the subway’s tunnels. The Yonge North Subway Extension is one of Ontario’s four priority subway projects for the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and will deliver much-needed rapid transit between York Region and Toronto.

“The RFP release is the next critical step in our government’s plan to extend subway service north from Finch Station to communities in Markham, Vaughan and Richmond Hill, for the first time ever,” said Prabmeet Sarkaria, Minister of Transportation. “As York Region grows, we’re building the Yonge North Subway Extension to ensure our transit infrastructure keeps up, while providing people with access to better, more reliable public transit.”

After being shortlisted through a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) process earlier this year, CrossTransit Group, North End Connectors and Toronto-York Tunnel Connectors are being invited to respond to the RFP with proposals that detail how they will deliver the tunnelling project. The contract for the tunnelling project is expected to be awarded in late 2024.

“Reliable, safe and affordable public transit is a key part of building clean, productive and livable communities,” said Majid Jowhari, Member of Parliament for Richmond Hill, on behalf of the Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Housing, Infrastructure and Communities. “Projects like the Yonge North Subway Extension will help to connect more than 26,000 people between downtown Toronto and York Region. By working closely with our partners, we are delivering on the important infrastructure that will benefit Canadians for many years to come.”

The issuance of the RFP comes as the project reaches another important milestone. Early upgrade work at Finch Station, where the Yonge North Subway Extension will connect with existing Line 1 service, is now substantially complete. The upgrades set the stage for major construction of the subway extension.

“On behalf of the Regional Municipality of York and the more than 1.2 million residents who call our communities home, I commend the Ontario government for taking another positive step forward to advance work on the Yonge North Subway Extension,” said Wayne Emmerson, York Region Chairman and CEO. “As our region continues to grow, this critical infrastructure project will provide travellers with more convenient transportation options while continuing to strengthen the economic vitality of our communities.”

Once in service, the approximately eight-kilometre subway extension will provide over 94,000 daily trips, connect more people to jobs and housing, and bring faster transit and more convenience to communities across York Region and Toronto.

Quick Facts

  • The Advance Tunnel Contract includes work to design, build and finance the construction of tunnels and the launch and extraction shafts that will be used for the tunnel boring machines.
  • The Yonge North Subway Extension will put 26,000 more people within a 10-minute walk of transit and is expected to reduce daily travel times for commuters by up to 22 minutes.
  • The Yonge North Subway Extension will cut the distance travelled by personal vehicles by 7,700 kilometres during rush hour and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 4,800 tonnes each year.
  • The Yonge North Subway Extension is expected to create thousands of jobs during construction and generate over $3.6 billion worth of total economic benefits to help stimulate the economy.
  • Ontario is investing $70.5 billion over the next decade to transform public transit in the province, which includes the largest subway expansion in Canadian history – the Ontario Line, the Scarborough Subway Extension, the Eglinton Crosstown West Extension, and the Yonge North Subway Extension.
  • In 2021, the Government of Canada announced a contribution of over $10 billion in funding for the four subway projects in the Greater Toronto Area. Federal funding for the Yonge North Subway Extension is conditional on federal Treasury Board approval.
  • Through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP), the Government of Canada is investing $28.7 billion to support public transit projects.
  • In May 2020, Ontario signed a landmark Preliminary Agreement with York Region that will help significantly expand the subway network through the delivery of the Yonge North Subway Extension.
  • In February 2020, Ontario signed the Ontario-Toronto Transit Partnership Preliminary Agreement with the City of Toronto to deliver on the unified plan to significantly expand and modernize the subway network across the Greater Toronto Area.