Peel Goods Movement

About Us

The Goods Movement team within the Transportation Division at the Region of Peel, along with the Goods Movement Task Force, has demonstrated leadership in the area of goods movement in Ontario, taking important steps to maintain it as a significant freight hub for Canada. The Task Force, which represents a public-private partnership, identified several action items aimed at addressing congestion and fixing the movement of goods across the Region. Work is well underway and the team continues to focus on improving the efficiency, competitiveness, and sustainability of the goods movement system.


October 2016

We're creating a plan for the future of goods movement in Peel.

Moving goods by rail, road, or air is critical to our region's economy. It's how food reaches your grocery store, factories receive their parts, and local businesses distribute their products. It touches every part of our daily lives. That's why we're developing plans that build on Peel Region's strengths and expertise in goods movement while continuing to create an environmentally friendly community that promotes a high quality of life for every resident.

Help Shape the Future

Share your thoughts and ideas for improving goods movement in Peel Region.

Take the Goods Movement Long Term Strategy Survey

What is goods movement?

Whether you're picking up bread at your local supermarket, or ordering a new gadget online, few of us spend much time thinking about how these products and materials actually arrive on shelves or at our doorstep. But we do. Goods movement is important. It's the transportation of products and raw materials to businesses, consumers, and industries. Whether it's by planes, trains, or trucks – making that movement possible is critical to our economy.

These plans are important. Here's why:

Every day $1.8 Billion in goods is moved to, through, and from Peel Region.

Four in every nine jobs depend upon the movements of goods in Peel Region.

Every day, approximately 68,000 vehicles transport goods over Peel Region roads. 

The Region of Peel has long recognized the importance of goods movement to the local economy and our quality of life. As part of this commitment, we are developing two plans for the future of goods movement in Peel:

  • A short-term Goods Movement 5-Year Strategic Plan
  • A Goods Movement Long Term Plan that will guide us to 2041

We are asking for the help and advice of Peel Region residents and business owners to help shape the future by sharing your thoughts and ideas on improving goods movement across the Region.

Your questions answered:

Why is goods movement important to Peel Region's economy?
It's very important. With more than 70,000 businesses of all sizes, from small family trucking companies to Canadian National and Canadian Pacific Railways involved, here is how goods movement affects our region:

How will the quality of life for people living in Peel Region be affected by these plans?
For the better! Peel Regional Council has made improving goods movement a priority. These plans will help manage growth by identifying where improvements can be made over the next five years and for the long term.

Peel Regional Council adopted the Vision of "Community for Life" and a Mission "Working with you to create a healthy safe and connected community" to ensure:

  • Living: People's lives are Improved in their time of need
  • Thriving: Communities are integrated, safe and complete
  • Leading: Government is future-oriented and accountable

These plans will help accomplish these goals.

Contact Us

Don't hesitate: Share your comments and concerns with us

Other News

  • Jan 26, 2016 – A report on the 2015 status of the Goods Movement Action Items went to Regional Council on November 26, 2015:
  • Jan 26, 2016 – The Peel Goods Movement Economic Impact Analysis (Actions 21 & 22) was endorsed by Regional Council on November 26, 2015:
  • The new, visual, interactive Peel Freight Information Hub Map has been developed to provide useful information for road users, with a specific emphasis on trucks that are navigating Peel Region roads.
  • On June 20, 2014 we hosted a joint Peel Task Force meeting with Metrolinx's Urban Freight Forum, the Southern Ontario Gateway Council and York University. The presentations have been uploaded to the Goods Movement Events and Outreach page.
  • On May 9, 2014 the Region, in partnership with the Western Golden Horseshoe Municipal Network and the Southern Ontario Gateway Council hosted the Moving into the Future Workshop. The agenda and presentations are available on the Goods Movement Events and Outreach page.
  • On November 29, 2013, we held a partnership event with MTO, Metrolinx and Transport Canada on "Exploring Freight Hubs: Collaborative Land Use and Logistics Workshop." Presentations and the workshop summary can be found on the Goods Movement Events and Outreach page.

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