Some see Toronto Pearson as a wide expanse of runways, terminal buildings, and roadways. However, we also see the open space and creek valleys that make up approximately one-third of our airport’s land.
The GTAA is required to follow the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA) for any projects as identified by the act. In doing so, this allows for any possible environmental effects to be identified before the work begins and appropriate mitigation measures or changes to be put in place. This includes both biophysical and socio-economic effects and ensures that we are managing our potential impacts. In 2015 the GTAA reviewed 248 projects under CEAA.
The Environmental Services division plays a key role in responding to environmental emergencies. The GTAA has a documented plan that provides guidance in the event of an environmental incident. Our tenants are also required to have a similar plan. This ensures that should an environmental emergency occur at the airport, any possible impact on environmental receptors are minimized.