About Us

Who are we?
An assembly of residents from different Toronto communities, some with involvement in rate payer associations, that have been negatively affected by a concentrated flight path over our homes and neighbourhoods. This issue was brought on by NAV CANADA since February 2012, without proper consultation with affected communities or their elected representatives. Our genesis was mid-town Toronto in 2012, expanding across Toronto. Some of us began this journey as far back as 2008, and in some cases beyond T.A.N.G., before that.

What do we want?
A fair and equitable distribution of Pearson airport arrivals traffic over mid-town Toronto that works with NAV CANADA design standards and safety practices, and achieves maximum noise mitigation with improved approach design to achieve that mitigation.

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What happened?
Basic
Lots more planes, lots more noise, no warning, loss of sleep, loss of property enjoyment

Technical

February 9, 2012 – NAV CANADA implemented redesigned Windsor-Toronto-Montreal air routes above 10,000′ ASL (above sea level), to achieve fuel savings for airlines.
In addition to those changes, the Toronto approach (arrivals) corridor for runways 24L/R  (based on compass heading) below 6000′ ASL was concentrated and relocated 1.8km south of the original flight path to address ICAO design recommendations to improve safety (a design change used for years prior!).

To date, our organisation has never had a fully explainable rationale as to why this change.

Who represents us politically?

  • Former M.P. John Carmichael (Don Valley West) has championed our concerns between 2013 and 2015 with former Minister of Transport – Lisa Raitt, as well as to NAV CANADA.
  • Current M.P. Rob Oliphant (Don Valley West) has been briefed on the history of aviation noise over Don Valley West and is supportive of the impacts to residents.
  • M.P. Carolyn Bennett has raised the issue with former Minister of Transport – Lisa Raitt, as well as written to previous Ministers of Transport.
  • M.P.P. Kathleen Wynne (Don Valley West) has written former Minister of Transport- Lisa Raitt, expressing her concerns over the impacts to Toronto residents.
  • Local Toronto councillors for affected wards have been engaged to varying degrees.
  • Councillor Jon Burnside is leading a coalition of local councillors to champion this issue with council and the mayor
  • Councillor Josh Matlow has raised motions at Toronto City Hall asking the City Manager to request NAV CANADA review the new design and seek alternatives to lessen the impact.
  • Mayor John Tory has written Minister Marc Garneau to raise awareness of the Pearson overflight operations noise affecting residents of Toronto

What’s next?
Continue with education of newly-elected federal representatives in the Toronto region where residents are impacted by NAV CANADA February 2012 local airspace changes. In addition, we continue to lobby our elected officials to engage current Minister of Transport – Marc Garneau, to resolve the NAV CANADA model as currently impacts residents across Canada.

Previous efforts yielded awareness through M.P. John Carmichael (Don Valley West) and his efforts were recognized by former Minister of Transport – Lisa Raitt, to engage with NAV CANADA to resolve this situation caused by the runway 24 L/R approach redesign.

Independent airspace desgn review – September 2016
NAV CANADA has retained HELIOS to begin an independent airspace design review of the Toronto airspace and flight path designs.

There will be three public consultations;

  • Consultation #1:week of September 26, 2016
  • Consultation #2: last week of October 2016, first week of November 2016
  • Consultation #3: Last week of February 2017, first week of March 2017

Public presentation of Helios report:

  • currently first two weeks of July 2017 are proposed

Helios will present recommendations to NAV CANADA and the public to reduce aircraft noise within the Toronto airspace. At this point, the public will need to patiently wait while NAV CANADA digests the report and its recommendations and determine/plan what recommendations can be implemented and in what timeframe. As residents affected by this continuing noise impact by Toronto Pearson airport operations, we are seeking relief through recommendations put forward by Helios, and implemented shortly thereafter. There will obviously be a delay from presentented recommendations in the report to actual implementation. Therefore, we are not aware of the timing of any proposed implementation schedule of HELIOS recommendations.

Any access to HELIOS material is through the following website: www.torontoairspacereview.ca