Goods Movement at the Region of Peel

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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.


May 2017

Announcing the new Peel Region Goods Movement Strategic Plan 2017-2021.

The Goods Movement Strategic Plan is a five-year blueprint for action for goods movement in Peel Region. It combines initiatives based on current needs and a long-term vision for the goods movement system. In 2015, we began the process of updating the 2012-2016 Goods Movement Strategic Plan.

This involved technical analysis of the goods movement network, best practices, trends, risks, and policies. It also involved stakeholder workshops and interviews, surveys, and working sessions with the Goods Movement Task Force.

This process created the new Peel Region Goods Movement Strategic Plan 2017-2021 (PDF) and it is the Region's second Goods Movement Strategic Plan. Its mission is for Peel to have a safe, convenient, multi-modal, sustainable and integrated goods movement transportation system that supports a vibrant economy, respects the natural and urban environment, meets the diverse needs of industries and residents, and contributes to a higher quality of life.

There are key goods movement industry changes that have been identified in the Peel Region Goods Movement Strategic Plan 2017-2021.

  1. 1Customer's growing expectations
  2. 2Increasing concern of the effects of congestion
  3. 3The decreasing labour force availability and growing industry expectations
  4. 4Emissions from the transportation sector
  5. 5Automation, technological changes and robotics
  6. 6Strategies to address population and employment growth pressures

The 9 new action items in the Peel Region Goods Movement Strategic Plan 2017-2021 reflect these industry changes and aim to improve the quality of life of our communities.

  1. 1Goods movement and logistics planning co-ordination
  2. 2Foster industry innovation through a Connected and Automated Vehicles (CAV) Corridor Pilot Project
  3. 3Increase capacity with convenient and feasible off-peak delivery (OPD)
  4. 4Adapt to advancements in e-commerce shift
  5. 5Expand and encourage the use of Long Combination Vehicles (LVCs)
  6. 6Understand and manage aggregate movements and its impact on communities
  7. 7Mainstream goods movement transportation through education and outreach
  8. 8Pursue alternative fuels and fuel efficiency initiatives
  9. 9Demonstrate and advance Peel's national role and importance of freight fluidity

We are continuing to create a long-term plan for the future of goods movement in Peel.

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.

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Other News

  • June 1, 2017 – A report on the Peel Region Goods Movement Strategic Plan 2017-2021 went to Regional Council on May 25, 2017 for approval:
  • Council Report
  • On March 1, 2017, the Region of Peel sponsored Freight Day. This event is held by the University of Toronto Transportation Research Institute (UTTRI) and showcases the transportation related research done by local and international speakers from industry and academia.
  • On November 8, 2017, we held a Transportation Summit called, 'Moving Goods and Moving People'. The purpose of the Summit was to bring together all tiers of government and the private sector to update the issues facing the Greater Golden Horseshoe, discuss coordinated planning currently underway in Ontario, and discuss short and long term multi-modal actions needed to resolve issues related to job creation, business attraction and retention, and employment.
  • Jan 26, 2016 – A report on the 2015 status of the Goods Movement Action Items went to Regional Council on November 26, 2015:
  • Council Report (1.2MB, 15 pages)
  • Jan 26, 2016 – The Peel Goods Movement Economic Impact Analysis (Actions 21 & 22) was endorsed by Regional Council on November 26, 2015:
  • Council Report (3.06MB, 35 pages)
  • Full Report (5.3MB, 149 pages)
  • 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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