Green Bonds Projects
Projects will mainly be focused on environmentally friendly infrastructure across the Province that mitigate or adapt to the effects of climate change, exclusive of fossil fuel and nuclear energy projects. These projects will be located throughout Ontario communities and align with the Province’s environmental and climate change policies.
The following projects have been selected as eligible to receive funding through green bonds: (Click on each project name to expand/collapse) ▼
In 2015, the Province of Ontario committed $13.5 billion for extensive rail improvements through the GO system, known as the Regional Express Rail (RER) program. Metrolinx is currently implementing RER, which will bring faster and more frequent GO train service across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA).
In 2015, RER was selected as a green project to receive funding from Ontario’s second Green Bond issue.
RER will build on all the expansion already underway and transform the region’s transportation system by providing better and more frequent service.
To enable RER, a range of projects including track construction, train control/signals systems improvements, grade separations, vehicle overhaul, train shed restoration and station rehabilitation are required. Many of these works are already underway in communities throughout the GTHA.
Five GO corridors will be upgraded to provide service every 15 minutes (or better) in both directions throughout the day. Implementing RER is expected to add 4,500 new weekly train trips, for a total of 6,000 weekly trips, and increase GO ridership by 140 per cent over the next fifteen years.
Electrification of the GO train system in core areas will contribute towards a significant reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Expanding and electrifying the rail network will provide a more environmentally friendly alternative to the existing diesel trains.
GO train ridership in 2014 was approximately 54 million annual trips. With the implementation of RER on five corridors, ridership is forecast to climb to 127 million annual trips over the next fifteen years, thereby helping to ease congestion and reduce the number of vehicles on the road.
New GO stations and facilities are aiming to achieve LEED Gold certification, and are exploring renewable energy opportunities, including the installation of electric vehicle charging stations.
Electric trains are able to accelerate faster and travel at top speeds for longer, cutting journey times for some trips by up to 20 per cent.
The Eglinton Crosstown LRT project, which is being implemented by Metrolinx, is a $5.3 billion (2010$) investment by the Government of Ontario to expand transit in Toronto.
The Crosstown will be an efficient and reliable transit option for people, which will ease traffic congestion and provide an environmentally friendly travel alternative. The LRT vehicles are electric powered and produce near-zero emissions, making them an attractive choice for the environment.
It is the largest transit expansion in the history of the region and is currently under construction with scheduled completion in 2021. The Eglinton Crosstown LRT was selected in 2014 as the first green project to receive funding from Ontario’s inaugural Green Bond issue, and also received funding from Ontario’s second Green Bond issue.
The new LRT line will bring 19 new kilometres of rapid transit to Toronto, connecting Mount Dennis in the west to Toronto Transit Commission’s (TTC) Kennedy Station in the east, and will include a 10 km underground tunnel in its central section between Keele Street and Laird Avenue.
It will have 25 stations and stops, and link to 54 bus routes, three subway stations and three GO Transit lines. All 25 stations and stops are aiming to achieve the Toronto Green Standard, and will be designed to maximize daytime lighting. The Eglinton Crosstown maintenance and storage facility is aiming to achieve LEED Silver certification or higher. Eglinton Crosstown is projected to have 50 million boardings per year in 2031.
The Eglinton Crosstown will bring fast, reliable and convenient transit service to passengers across Toronto. It will carry more passengers and is estimated to move up to 60 per cent faster than the existing bus service on Eglinton Avenue.
The underground portion of the Eglinton Crosstown will reduce congestion and increase street level capacity by reducing current bus traffic across the same line.
In partnership with the Regional Municipality of York, Metrolinx is improving rapid transit in York Region through the vivaNext BRT program. The construction of dedicated bus lanes in the centre of the road, known as rapidways, will allow rapid transit buses to move out of congested traffic.
The York vivaNext BRT program is a $1.4 billion (2008$) investment by the Government of Ontario to expand transit in York Region. In 2015, the vivaNext BRT was selected as a green project to receive funding from Ontario’s second Green Bond issue.
Improving access to public transit and new mobility options such as the vivaNext BRT will contribute to decreasing GHG emissions and Criteria Air Contaminants (CAC), manage traffic congestion, and encourage mode shift from auto trips to transit trips.
Construction of the York vivaNext BRT program is well underway. Two BRT rapidway sections in the system, Highway 7 East and Davis Drive, are in service. The remaining two BRT rapidways, Highway 7 West and Yonge Street, are currently under construction to be completed by 2020.
The new rapidways will bring 34.7 km of planned segregated BRT routes. They will provide more reliable service to travellers, with more frequent service of two to five minutes between arrivals in peak periods, and connections with GO Transit, regional transit and future extensions of the subway system.
Once complete, rapidways will improve flow for existing traffic, adding left-turn lanes where none previously existed, removing buses from general lanes and diverting auto trips onto transit.
The Finch West LRT is an 11-kilometre light rail transit line that will run along the surface of Finch Avenue from the new Finch West Subway Station on the Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension at Keele Street to Humber College.
It will provide rapid transit to neighbourhoods that need it the most; it will travel through two of the City of Toronto's 13 identified Neighbourhood Improvement Areas (NIAs) Jamestown and Jane/Finch.
The Finch West LRT is a $1 billion (2010$) investment from the Ontario government to expand transit in Toronto.
The projected ridership of the Finch West LRT corridor is estimated to be 2,300 - 2,800 passengers per hour in the peak direction by 2031. LRT cars can be removed or added easily, thus providing the flexibility to accommodate ridership demands.
The Finch West LRT will carry passengers in dedicated right-of-way transit lanes separate from regular traffic, as well as priority signaling at intersections. These two components ensure that the Finch West LRT is reliable and that travel times are more certain.
The Finch West LRT will have 18 stops through northwest Toronto, including an underground interchange station at Keele Street and a below-grade stop at Humber College. It will have rapid transit connections from Finch West Station to the new Toronto-York subway extension.
The replacement of the current Finch West bus fleet with electrically powered light rail trains in the corridor is expected to reduce pollutants attributed to diesel-powered transit vehicles, especially particulate matter. The LRT will produce near-zero emissions, making it an attractive choice for the environment.
Together with the City of Hamilton, Metrolinx is planning to build the Hamilton LRT: a new 13-kilometre LRT line that will run through downtown Hamilton along Main and King streets, and along James Street North to the new West Harbour GO station.
Hamilton LRT will connect McMaster in the west to Queenston Circle in the east.
A signature project under the Moving Ontario Forward plan, Hamilton LRT is funded with a $1 billion (2014$) commitment from the Province of Ontario, announced by the Premier on May 26, 2015.
With 14 stops on the B-Line and connections with local transit service, the Lakeshore West GO Transit line and multiple GO Bus routes, Hamilton LRT will drive economic growth and improve connectivity across local communities.
Hamilton LRT is expected to be in service in 2024. Major construction is scheduled to begin in 2019.
By 2021, it is estimated that the number of kilometres travelled by automobile will decline by almost 5 million kilometres annually under the most conservative scenario assessed in the 2010 Benefits Case. The LRT will produce near-zero emissions, making it an attractive choice for the environment.
The Hurontario LRT project will bring 20 kilometres of fast, reliable, rapid transit to the cities of Mississauga and Brampton along the Hurontario corridor.
New, modern light rail vehicles will travel in a dedicated right-of-way and serve 22 stops with connections to GO Transit’s Milton and Lakeshore West rail lines, Mississauga MiWay, Brampton Züm, and the Mississauga Transitway BRT.
Funded through a $1.4 billion (2014$) commitment from the Province of Ontario, the Hurontario LRT is a signature project of the Moving Ontario Forward plan.
The Hurontario LRT will be significant benefit to the communities of Mississauga and Brampton, and be an integral component of the GTHA’s broader transportation network.
Metrolinx is working with the cities of Brampton and Mississauga to ready the project for procurement. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2018, with anticipated completion in 2022.
The LRT will produce near-zero emissions, making it an attractive choice for the environment. Air quality will be improved from a reduction in criteria air contaminants such as particulate matter and sulphur dioxide from exhaust fumes.
The ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development is the largest of Ontario's 20 children's treatment centres, treating almost 13,000 children and youth with physical, developmental and communication disorders, as well as those with autism, and hearing and vision impairment in Peel, Halton and Dufferin counties.
The new facilities centre will replace ErinoakKids' existing 11 sites while more than doubling the existing treatment therapy space. Key features at each of the three sites will include:
- Fully accessible playgrounds for recreation, physiotherapy and occupational therapy, gyms – including climbing walls, treatment rooms, therapeutic playrooms, a resource centre for staff and families, a drop-in centre for youth and audiology departments for hearing aid fitting and dispensing.
The three sites (over 120,000 square feet in Brampton, over 100,000 square feet in Mississauga and nearly 80,000 square feet in Oakville) will allow the agency to serve more clients on an annual basis and will enable ErinoakKids to continue its mission to help children and youth gain optimal levels of independence, learning, health and well-being. They will provide services for children and youth.
The agency will be seeking LEED Silver certification upon completion of the three new sites.
The West 5th Campus is an 850,000-square-foot facility that provides specialized mental health services to those suffering from severe mental illness or addiction.
The project provides additional inpatient beds, expanded outpatient clinics for psychiatry, diagnostic imaging and medical services, along with research and academic spaces.
Anticipated energy reduction of 15 million kWh per year.
The facility is LEED Gold certified.
Anticipated water reduction of 7.1 million litres per year, equivalent to supplying water to 37 Ontario households for a year.
Storm Water Management System to minimize water pollution. Highly efficient plumbing fixtures to reduce indoor water usage by 20 per cent.
Mature trees preserved on portions of the Campus with over 500 new trees planted.
Low emitting materials used during construction to ensure improved indoor environmental quality.
PVC roof to increase building heat naturally from the sun.
90 per cent of construction materials came from landfills and recyclable products.
The St. Joseph’s Specialized Mental Healthcare facility in London provides services such as adolescent psychiatry, assessment, geriatric psychiatry, and treatment of concurrent disorders and psychoses.
The St. Joseph's Forensic Mental Healthcare facility in St. Thomas provides specialized inpatient and outpatient services, including assessment, treatment, outreach and support services to individuals with a mental illness who have come into significant contact with the criminal justice system.
Anticipated energy reduction of 6.6 million kWh per year.
The two facilities are LEED Gold certified.
Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care in Penetanguishene replaced the 160-bed Oak Ridge building and the 20-bed Brebeuf building to offer a larger, more modern hospital space for treatment and care of people with mental illness who have come into contact with the law.
The new Atrium Building was built with environmentally friendly design features in order to achieve Gold certification according to the LEED green building rating system, as part of the government’s commitment to reduce energy use and GHG emissions.
Waypoint aimed to achieve Gold level certification through focus on healthy indoor environments, reduced GHG emissions, efficient use of energy, water and other resources.
Anticipated energy reduction of 540,000 kWh per year.
The new building is LEED Gold certified.
The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) project involves redevelopment at the CAMH Queen Street site in Toronto.
All three Phase 1B buildings were designed and built with environmentally responsible and sustainable features and have achieved LEED Gold certification.
Anticipated energy reduction of 20 million kWh per year.
Anticipated water reduction of 4.3 million litres per year, equivalent to supplying water to 22 Ontario households for a year.
Secure underground bicycle parking and change/shower facilities to promote bicycle use and commuting have been added.
Green spaces, both public and exclusive to clients, have been incorporated into the site, with large-growing shade trees planted throughout the site.
At three-storeys high and 350,000 square feet, the new Hospital is more than double the size of the previous facility. In replacing the previous hospital, which opened in 1895 and has 113 beds, the new hospital allows health care professionals to offer a full-range of clinical services and programs, including:
- physiotherapy and rehabilitation services;
- cardio-respiratory services;
- pharmacy and laboratory services;
- a new inpatient rehabilitation program, in partnership with community agencies;
- diagnostic Imaging (DI) department using the latest in digital imaging technologies for diagnosis and to reduce patient wait times; and
- maternal/child/women's health unit.
The new Hospital provides patients and staff with a high-quality healing environment and the latest technology in patient care and communications.
The Woodstock Hospital was designed with a host of environmental and energy best practices in mind.
The Hospital is LEED Silver certified. It was the first hospital to achieve LEED Silver certification in Ontario.