This report lays the groundwork for coordinating land use planning and freight mobility planning in Ontario.
Freight movement plays a major role in Ontario's economy, generating large revenues and supplying jobs for hundreds of thousands of employees. According
to Transport Canada, in the year 2011, trade between Ontario and the United States amounted to over $284 billion. 38% of Ontario’s economy comes from freight-intensive
industries. In that same year, Ontario led Canada in exports to countries other than the United States, with approximately $40 billion in goods exported. Ontario’s economy is
multi-faceted, ranging from farming to manufacturing to 21st century knowledge economy businesses. All of these depend on the movement of freight in some way.
The purpose of these Guidlines is to assist in the creation of communities, individual developments and transportation networks that are capable of supporting freight industries while integrating and balancing the compatibility of surrounding land uses and the needs of other transportation system users.