Goods Movement Planning in Peel

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.

The Smart Freight Centre has been established as a five-year collaborative network with the Region of Peel, McMaster University, University of Toronto, and York University. It will work on regionally significant goods movement issues and projects in Peel Region and the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) to reduce community and environmental impacts of moving goods. To learn more, visit

Off-Peak Delivery pilot project

The Region of Peel has launched an Off-Peak Delivery pilot project aimed at reducing congestion by shifting truck traffic from regular hours to off-peak hours throughout the region. Key large-scale distribution companies have been recruited to participate in the pilot in an effort to help ease traffic, improve network efficiencies and decrease operational costs.

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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.

Peel Region Goods Movement Strategic Plan 2017-2021 (May 2017)

The Goods Movement Strategic Plan 2017 - 2021 (2017 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.

Its mission is:

For Peel to have a safe, convenient, efficient, 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.

Peel Regional Council has taken an active leadership role in advancing goods movement improvements in Ontario in past years. For the 2014-2018 Term of Council, "improve goods movement," was identified as a priority and is in alignment with the Region of Peel 2015-2035 Strategic Plan.

The priority "improve goods movement" aims to create a Community for Life in Peel Region and create communities that are integrated, safe, and complete. By maintaining and supporting an efficient, sustainable and safe goods movement network, we can continue to enhance the quality of life of Peel's communities, and meet the needs of Peel's business.

The 2017 Plan is the Region's second Goods Movement Strategic Plan and serves as an update to the 2012-2016 Peel Goods Movement Strategic Plan which was the first of its kind in the GTHA.

The process of updating the Region's original Goods Movement Strategic Plan 2012-2016 began in 2015 and involved a technical analysis of the goods movement network, best practices, trends, risks, and policies. We held stakeholder workshops and interviews, ran surveys, and working sessions with the Goods Movement Task Force.

Why Do We Need A 2017 Plan

A lot has changed since the 2012-2016 Goods Movement Strategic Plan. There have been new Provincial initiatives and trends in climate change, development patterns, population growth, jobs and the economy, technology and decreasing capacity on Peel's roads.

Customers have growing expectations on delivery times and methods (e.g. same day deliveries and premium delivery memberships). Increasing effects of congestion are leading us to think about different strategies such as off-peak deliveries and using Long Combination Vehicles. The goods movement sector is also experiencing a decreasing labour force. There is a need for skilled graduates and to continuously train and educate existing industry professionals. There have also been technological changes such as e-commerce, drones, and GPS tracking that are pushing the industry to innovate. Recent development patterns are also causing us to rethink how the goods movement network is organized and potential land use conflicts.

The 2017 Plan addresses the impact of external factors in our world and changing industry needs on Peel's goods movement network.

Six key goods movement industry changes have been identified in the 2017 Plan:

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

In addition, nine new action items in the 2017 Plan reflect these industry changes and aim to improve the quality of life of our communities:

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

Why is goods movement important to Peel Region's economy?

It's very important. With more than 86,600 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:

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've created this short-term Goods Movement 5-Year Strategic Plan and are developing a second plan - A Goods Movement Long Term Plan that will guide the future of goods movement in Peel to 2041.

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.

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.

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  • The Smart Freight Centre has been established as a five-year collaborative network with the Region of Peel, McMaster University, University of Toronto, and York University. It will work on regionally significant goods movement issues and projects in Peel Region and the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) to reduce community and environmental impacts of moving goods. To learn more, visit

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