Noise

Toronto Airspace Noise Review

Over the past few months, the consultants at Helios have been reviewing the feedback and issues shared with them as part of the Toronto Airspace Noise Review and identifying options to help mitigate aviation noise in our community.

The next round of public meetings will be held in March. Everyone is invited to attend the meeting that best suits their schedule or location. The meeting in Toronto, specifically, has been arranged on a Saturday morning to give those who are unable to attend weeknight meetings an opportunity to engage with this review.

In these meetings, the consultants will be presenting their thoughts on mitigation options as well as additional ideas you may have. At this stage, the recommendations have not been finalized – there is still an opportunity for the consultants to introduce and consider more options.

Meetings will be held on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, March 1, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Mississauga (Hilton Garden Inn, 1870 Matheson Boulevard)
  • Thursday, March 2, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Oakville (St. Luke’s Community Centre, 3114 Dundas Street West)
  • Saturday, March 4, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in North York (Novotel North York, 3 Park Home Avenue)

For more information, please visit this link.

Update on the Independent Toronto Airspace Noise Review

In May 2016, Toronto Pearson’s partner and Canada’s air navigation service provider, NAV CANADA, announced an independent review of Toronto’s airspace. The goal of the review is to identify opportunities to reduce noise exposure from aircraft operations.

The review is being conducted by a third party aviation consultancy firm, Helios, and is in its early stages. The first round of consultations took place this past September and the Terms of Reference have been drafted.

The next phase of the review focuses on local issues and concerns, and a second round of consultations will begin this November.

If you would like to receive updates on upcoming opportunities for consultation, please email torontoairspace@askhelios.com.

For more information on the Toronto Airspace Noise Review, follow this link.

Have Your Say: Independent Toronto Airspace Noise Review

In May 2016, Toronto Pearson’s partner and Canada’s air navigation service provider, NAV CANADA, announced that they would be undertaking an independent review of the Toronto Airspace in order to identify opportunities to reduce community noise exposure.

The review is being conducted by a third party aviation consultancy firm, Helios, and is independent from the GTAA and airport operations. This is a unique opportunity for residents to share their feedback about noise management.

The review team will be holding a community consultation next week on Wednesday, September 28 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm at the Toronto Marriott Bloor Yorkville (90 Bloor St. East).

At this meeting, you’ll have the opportunity to meet the review team and share your comments on the draft Terms of Reference of the review. You can find the draft here.

For more information on the Toronto Airspace Noise Review, visit www.torontoairspacereview.ca.

If you would like to receive emails from the review team related to upcoming opportunities for consultation, please email torontoairspacereview@askhelios.com.

Noise Bylaw Update

As you may know, the Municipal Licensing & Standards Division (ML&S) has been reviewing the city’s existing noise bylaw to ensure that the bylaw is up-to-date and comprehensive.

ML&S reported to the May meeting of the Licensing and Standards Committee meeting. You can read the report by clicking here.

The Committee moved to defer the item until September 2016, with the request that city staff establish a working group with representatives from the Toronto Noise Coalition, Residents’ Associations, construction and entertainment business associations, BIAs and other relevant stakeholders.

I’ll be sure to provide regular updates as the noise bylaw review process continues. More information about this review and current regulations can be found at this link.

Upcoming Consultation on the Noise Bylaw Review

As you may know, the Municipal Licensing and Standards (MLS) Division has been reviewing the city’s existing noise bylaw. The bylaw exists to prevent noise that is likely to disturb residents’ enjoyment and comfort.

The goal of the review is to develop a noise bylaw that is up-to-date and comprehensive.

The final report on the review was debated at January’s Licensing and Standards Committee, which moved to refer the item back to staff for further consideration and consultation.

Key recommendations include:

  • specific time periods when noise is prohibited
  • limits for amplified sound
  • proactive noise mitigation requirements
  • increased fines and penalties
  • removal of automatic exemptions for pouring of concrete and large crane work

MLS staff will present the changes being considered at a consultation session on Wednesday, February 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Toronto City Hall in Committee Room 1.

Staff will then bring forward recommended bylaw changes to the Licensing and Standards Committee on Tuesday, March 8.

More information about the review and current regulations can be found at http://www.toronto.ca/mlshaveyoursay.

Noise By-law

As you’re probably aware, the Municipal Licensing and Standards Division is reviewing the existing noise bylaw.

The goal of the review is to make sure that the noise bylaw is up-to-date based on in-depth research and extensive public consultation.

Between March and August 2015, city staff were hard at work conducting detailed analysis and soliciting stakeholder and public feedback. In order to maximize the opportunity for residents to offer their feedback, I requested that the online survey be extended until mid-September.

City staff are currently writing the final report on the review. It’s expected to head to the Licensing and Standards Committee on January 22, 2016 and will be available online.

Committee meetings provide a unique opportunity for residents to offer their feedback in front of City Councillors, staff and fellow residents.

If you’d like to give a written or oral deputation on the final report of the noise bylaw review in January, please email lsc@toronto.ca or phone 416-397-4592.

Porter Proposal to Use Jets at Billy Bishop Airport

In April, Porter Airlines announced it has conditionally ordered 12 new Bombardier jets, which can fly further than its current fleet of turboprop planes.

The use of Billy Bishop is governed by a tripartite agreement between the city, the federal government and the Port Authority. For Porter’s jet proposal to go forward, all three parties would have to agree to amend the agreement that governs airport operations, namely lifting a ban on jets and approving a runway expansion.

Many of you have written or spoken to me about Porter Airlines’ proposal to expand service at Billy Bishop Island Airport and I appreciate your thoughts and feedback!

A city staff report on the proposal – examining its economic and environmental as well as traffic and congestion impacts – is underway and expected to come before City Council in early 2014.

The city just wrapped up three public information sessions about the proposal. An additional session is expected in November and I encourage you to take part and have your say!

If you have not already, please do not forget to let me know what you think by sending me an email or by calling my office at (416) 395-6408!