Media Room

Interesting information about the proposed pedestrian tunnel, news releases and things to know will be posted in this section as they become available.


The Toronto Port Authority (TPA) today responded to the vote by Toronto City Council to defer its decision on the Porter Proposal until 2015, pending further study, negotiations and the completion of a full environmental assessment, among other matters.
Apr 1, 2014
Survey Also Reveals 63 per cent of Torontonians Living South of Queen Street Support New-Technology Jets at Billy Bishop Airport.

A recent survey released today by the Toronto Port Authority (TPA) reveals that 90 per cent of Toronto residents “agree” that “Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport is an asset to Toronto,” up from 87 per cent in August 2013. Respondents also agreed that the airport is “great for the Toronto economy” (88%) and that the island airport makes “a great first impression for visitors” (77%).
Feb 25, 2014
The Toronto Port Authority (TPA) advised that it has presented an infrastructure-funding proposal to the federal government for groundside infrastructure improvements at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport under the Building Canada Fund, on behalf of the City of Toronto.
Jan 24, 2014
Toronto Port Authority announces acceptance of City Payment In Lieu of Taxes proposal for Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport
Also receives new DAP PILT advice on remaining TPA properties

Jan 9, 2014
The Toronto Port Authority (TPA) advised today that it had received the most recent media reports, repeating earlier statements by WestJet Airlines regarding Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (BBTCA). 
Dec 19, 2013
Late last evening, the Toronto Port Authority received a request for emergency support from the City of Toronto after the city ferry William Inglis was taken out of service for unscheduled repairs. At approximately 11:30 pm last evening, the TPA worked with its union and non-union team members to extend the hours of service for the Marilyn Bell I, the TPA ferry which serves Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (BBTCA).

Dec 18, 2013
400 Tactical Helicopter Squadron Gives Santa’s Elves a Lift to SickKids on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 for Annual "Operation HOHOHO" Gift/Toy Donation

Instead of coming down the chimney this year, ‘Santa’s Elves’ will be flying into Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport with gifts for the Hospital of Sick Children (SickKids).
Dec 11, 2013
The Toronto Port Authority (TPA) announced today that it will now join the City of Toronto in its review of Porter Airlines’ proposal, with a focus on any and all outstanding issues as outlined in the recently-released City Staff report. The TPA has been involved throughout the earlier review process, working with City staff upon request. At the request of City Council, the TPA has provided $1.2 million to fund all of the fees associated with the City’s independent subject matter experts to support this detailed study. The TPA supports the timeline established by the Executive Committee of City Council for a resolution, where possible, of any and all outstanding matters related to the Porter proposal.
Dec 6, 2013
The Toronto Port Authority (TPA) has received a copy of the staff report prepared for Toronto City Council regarding the April 2013 proposal tabled by Porter Airlines. The TPA’s position remains that it will not consider any change of use to Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport until a determination is first made by the elected representatives on Toronto City Council regarding Porter's proposed changes to the 1983 Tripartite Agreement. Until Council makes a determination, the cost of additional studies of Porter’s proposal would be unwarranted.
Nov 28, 2013
As steward of Toronto’s waterfront, the Toronto Port Authority (TPA) believes in cultivating strong, healthy and sustainable communities along Toronto’s lakefront by investing in programs that support youth, families and a healthier environment.
Nov 4, 2013
The Toronto Port Authority (TPA), owner and operator of Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (BBTCA), today outlined the key parameters through which it will assess Porter Airlines' proposal to permit jet aircraft and extend the runway at BBTCA, should Toronto City Council (Council) approve the plan. TPA Chairman Mark McQueen today outlined the key social, environmental and economic factors that would be considered as part of the TPA’s own review process. Mr. McQueen also discussed important regulatory changes that are expected to impact the airport and its operations, regardless of Council's decision on Porter’ proposal.
Oct 21, 2013
Recent Ipsos poll of Torontonians didn’t focus solely on airport users, frequency of use, or visitors to the City

 
The Toronto Port Authority (“TPA”), owner and operator of Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (“Billy Bishop Airport”), confirmed today that 59 per cent of business travelers continue to be the airport’s primary customer.
Sep 9, 2013
Survey Reveals Torontonians ‘Agree’ the Airport is Great for Toronto’s Economy

An annual survey released today by the Toronto Port Authority (TPA) reveals that 85 per cent of Toronto residents ‘agree’ that ‘Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport is an important part of Toronto’s future economic growth’.
Sep 4, 2013
Project Marks Significant Milestone
Aug 23, 2013
Canada’s floating movie experience, Sail-In Cinema™ returned to the water’s edge this year to its largest audience ever. More than 5000 people and 100 boats attended this year’s festival.
Aug 21, 2013
Canada’s floating movie experience, Sail-In Cinema™ has returned to the water’s edge with a bang. More than 1,100 people and 18 boats watched Ghostbusters at the festival’s opening night and even larger crowds are expected over the next two nights.
Aug 16, 2013
Excavation of Billy Bishop Airport Pedestrian Tunnel Reaches Halfway Mark

 The Toronto Port Authority (TPA) has announced that excavation of the pedestrian tunnel to Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport has passed the halfway mark. The tunnel’s excavation began in early July and is set for completion fall 2013.
Aug 7, 2013
The Toronto Port Authority (TPA) announced today that Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport will see a record number of passengers passing through its doors.
Aug 2, 2013
Join the Toronto Port Authority for our 2013 Annual General Meeting.
Jul 30, 2013
Canada’s floating movie experience, Sail-In Cinema™ is back at the water’s edge with a line up of 1980s favourites chosen by the public; the theme for this year’s movies is ‘Heroes of the Silver Screen.’ For three August nights, Toronto’s Sugar Beach will be transformed into the city’s largest outdoor theatre where the audience watch movies on a two-sided screen anchored to a barge on Lake Ontario.
Jul 29, 2013
Toronto Port Authority (TPA) will be funding a number of improvements to the streetscape and environment along Eireann Quay this July and August. These improvements are part of the TPA’s commitment to the community to enhance safety and enjoyment of the neighbourhood. These improvements will also help facilitate pedestrian and passenger traffic, and provide cosmetic upgrades to the area. Since 2012, the TPA has invested over $825,000 to improve Eireann Quay.
Jul 25, 2013
Toronto Port Authority’s (TPA) popular outdoor movie festival, Sail-In Cinema™, is back at the city’s waterfront this summer. From August 15 to 17 Sugar Beach will be transformed into Toronto’s largest outdoor theatre where families and film fans alike can watch movies on a two-sided screen anchored to a barge on Lake Ontario.
Jul 18, 2013
Free Three-day Movie Festival August 15 to 17
Toronto Port Authority (TPA) is bringing back its highly anticipated free movie festival, Sail-In Cinema™, to the city’s waterfront. For three nights in August, Sugar Beach will be transformed into Toronto’s largest outdoor theatre where lovers of film and the outdoors alike can watch movies on a two-sided screen anchored to a barge on Lake Ontario.
Jul 10, 2013
Toronto Port Authority (TPA) today announced that excavation has begun on the main pedestrian tunnel to Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport.
Jul 5, 2013
MPAC Assessment Called “Erroneous” by Toronto City Staff
The Toronto Port Authority has formally requested that the Federal Government convene a new Dispute Advisory Panel to consider the amount of Payment-In-Lieu of Taxes that Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport pays to the City of Toronto. The independent DAP will advise the TPA and the City on the quantum of PILT that is appropriate for the BBTCA to pay.
Jul 3, 2013
Water Shuttle will Provide Fun, Scenic, Convenient Access to Tall Ships
Jun 19, 2013
The Toronto Port Authority (TPA) released its 2012 financials today reporting net income of $19.7 million for fiscal 2012, a record for the organization. The strong financial performance reflects the continued success of TPA’s business operations.
Jun 18, 2013
Toronto Port Authority (TPA) today announced that it will continue to choose 100 per cent green electricity for its facilities with Bullfrog Power®, Canada’s 100 per cent green energy provider. Reaffirming its mandate as a waterfront steward, TPA has committed to choosing renewable energy to reduce its environmental impact.
May 31, 2013
Toronto Port Authority (TPA) has announced that the seven drift tunnels that will form the crown of the pedestrian tunnel to Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport have been completed. The accomplishment will allow for the next phase of construction.
May 28, 2013
Toronto Port Authority (TPA) will be welcoming the public to its head office, the Toronto Harbor Commission building, at 60 Harbour Street on Saturday, May 25 for the 14th annual Doors Open.
May 23, 2013
In light of the potential technical ramifications of the Porter proposal to extend the existing BBTCA 8/26 runway by a total of 168 metres at each end, the TPA has deferred its May 2012 project to undertake subsurface lakefilling in the Marine Exclusion Zone (MEZ) just east of Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport pending the assessment of runway extensions that has been requested by the City of Toronto.
May 21, 2013
Toronto Port Authority Injunction Protects Freedom of Expression and the Rights of Airport Users
Apr 17, 2013
Work on the underground pedestrian walkway that will link Toronto to the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport is underway. Take a walk through the mud and mess of one of the 185 metre ancillary tunnels, which will eventually be filled with concrete to support the main pedestrian passageway. The project is expected to be completed in Spring 2014
Apr 15, 2013
The Skytrax World Airport Awards awarded BBTCA the tenth Best Airport in the World in the Under 5 Million Passenger category
Apr 15, 2013
Statistical breakdown on the flight movements at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport for 2012
Apr 12, 2013
Toronto Port Authority Achieves Strong Results in 2012.
Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport Generates Economic Output of Almost $2 Billion.
Apr 2, 2013
‘Chip', one of the two tunnel boring machines being used to construct the pedestrian walkway to Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, has completed one of the drift tunnels and broken through the tunnel’s shaft wall on Toronto Island.
Jan 29, 2013
‘Chip', one of the two tunnel boring machines being used to construct the pedestrian walkway to Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, has been lowered into the tunnel shaft.
Jan 11, 2013
On December 11, 2012 an informational feature on Canada's airport's appeared in the Globe and Mail. Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport gets a mention.
Dec 11, 2012
‘Pedestrian Tunnel to Enhance Airport’s Remarkable Success’
Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (YTZ) is a major economic engine for the Greater Toronto Area, generating $1.9 billion in annual economic output and 5,700 jobs, which includes 1,700 directly associated with the airport.
Nov 9, 2012
Starting in spring 2013, new Canadian passports will feature electronic chip technology that will be accepted at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. 
Oct 26, 2012
An annual survey to be released Monday August 27 by the Toronto Port Authority (TPA) and conducted by Ipsos Reid reveals that two thirds (69 per cent) of Torontonians ‘agree’ that the airport is an ‘economic engine of the city’.
Aug 23, 2012
The Toronto Port Authority (TPA) is bringing back its highly anticipated free movie festival, Sail-In Cinema, to the city’s waterfront. For three nights in August, Canada’s Sugar Beach will be transformed into an outdoor theatre where movie fans can watch nautical-themed movies on a two-sided screen anchored to a barge on Lake Ontario.
Jul 23, 2012
On June 14, 2012, the Toronto Port Authority (TPA) hosted a public meeting at the Radisson Admiral Hotel to discuss a proposal to distribute lakefill under the surface of Lake Ontario just east of Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (BBTCA).
Jun 18, 2012
The Toronto Port Authority (TPA) released its 2011 financials today, reporting net income of $13.9 million, a 90% increase over fiscal 2010. This sets a new record for profitability since TPA was created in 1999, and represents the fourth consecutive year of profitable growth. The strong financial results are driven not only from the continued success of the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, but also from the other operations of the Port Authority.
May 24, 2012
The Toronto Port Authority Board and the City of Toronto reached an agreement last summer, passed by City Council on July 12, 2011, that will see the City of Toronto put a new water main and replacement sewage mains in the pedestrian tunnel that the TPA is building to the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. This City Council-approved agreement specifically included provisions to improve traffic management on Eireann Quay and a three year lease of the Canada Malting site to the TPA for such purposes.
Mar 23, 2012
Joined by the Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, the Hon. James Flaherty, Minister of Finance and Minister Responsible for the GTA, and M.P. for Whitby-Oshawa and His Worship Toronto Mayor, Rob Ford, Toronto Port Authority Chairman Mark McQueen today announced the start of construction of the Port Authority's pedestrian tunnel to Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport.
Mar 9, 2012
The Toronto Port Authority today announced the success of its first charitable sponsorship of 2012, the Reel Artists Film Festival.
Mar 8, 2012
The Harbourfront Community Centre (HCC) is expanding its arts leadership program, Room 13 Toronto, to youth aged 13-17 thanks to $30,000 in new funding provided by the Toronto Port Authority.
Mar 7, 2012
The Toronto Port Authority (TPA) today announced that it has implemented a key recommendation outlined in the 2010 Jacobs Consultancy Report with the installation of a state-of-the-art aircraft noise barrier at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport.
Feb 21, 2012
Toronto (December 29, 2011) – The Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, which is owned and operated by the Toronto Port Authority, is expected to surpass its estimate of 1.5 million passengers for 2011, an increase of 37 per cent over 2010, and double the number of passengers it served in 2009.
Dec 29, 2011
TPA and Porter Aviation Holdings Inc. are co-hosting three afternoons of carolling on December 19-21 at the island side Airport Terminal of Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport.
Dec 16, 2011
The Toronto Port Authority (TPA) has unveiled several Improvements at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport that respond to the needs of airport users and increased activity at the airport
Oct 26, 2011
The Toronto Port Authority announced today that ACL, a United Kingdom-based company specializing in airport slot allocation, has awarded  Porter Airlines the 16 remaining slots at Billy Bishop Airport for 2012.
Sep 22, 2011
The Toronto Port Authority (TPA) closed out 2010 with net income of $7.1 million, a five-fold increase over 2009, representing the third year in a row that it has operated at a profit, President and CEO Geoffrey A. Wilson said today, at the TPA’s Annual Meeting.
Sep 16, 2011
With summer coming to an end and airport activity peaking at more than 11,000 movements, the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport saw an overall reduction in noise complaints in August to just 16 total complaints.
Sep 15, 2011
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Annual Meeting of the Toronto Port Authority will be held at the Harbourfront Centre in the “Brigantine Room”, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto, Ontario on Friday, September 16, 2011, commencing at 9:30 a.m. This meeting is open to the public.
Aug 16, 2011
The Toronto Port Authority and Media Monkey Productions Inc. announced today that they have won top in their category for ‘Best History/Biography (non broadcast)’ for their short film Billy Bishop: Canadian Maverick at the prestigious 2011 Telly Awards in New York.
Aug 4, 2011
The Toronto Port Authority today released a Request for Construction Services on MERX, Canada’s leading electronic-tendering service, to design and build an acoustic noise barrier to mitigate airport ground noise at the Billy Bishop Airport.
Jul 28, 2011
The Toronto Port Authority (TPA) received a total of 57 complaints last month, only five (5) of which were related to the record 2,357 commercial flights coming into and leaving Billy Bishop Airport in June.
Jul 21, 2011
The Toronto Port Authority (TPA) closed out 2010 with net income of $7.1 million, a five-fold increase over 2009.
Jun 3, 2011
Toronto (April 4, 2011) –The TPA today announced that after taking into consideration the Environmental Assessment Screening Report and comments emanating from public participation in its review of the Environmental Assessment (EA).
Apr 4, 2011
TPA requests draft clarification regulation supporting pedestrian tunnel
Feb 11, 2011
On January 29, 2010, the TPA advised that it had initiated a process that will bring forward Public-Private Partnership (P3) proposals to design, build, finance, operate, and maintain a pedestrian tunnel from the mainland to the Billy Bishop Airport under the Western Gap of the Toronto harbour.
Feb 11, 2011
Reminder: Jan 12 is next EA meeting
Jan 6, 2011
In a year end review, the Toronto Port Authority indicated that it expected to hit its estimate of 1.2 million passengers for 2010, noting that it had successfully managed the 48 per cent increase in use over 2009, while at the same time establishing new relationships with community groups on the waterfront.
Dec 29, 2010
On November 30, TPA staff met with members of the public at the Radisson Hotel to discuss the draft Environmental Assessment on the Proposed Pedestrian Tunnel. These are the answers to the questions posed at that meeting.
Dec 17, 2010
The Toronto Port Authority released a draft report prepared by independent environmental and engineering consultants, Dillon Consulting Limited, which concluded that the construction and operation of the proposed pedestrian tunnel would result in no permanent significant environmental effects.
Nov 16, 2010
Toronto Port Authority Fast Facts
Nov 5, 2010
Toronto Port Authority provides update regarding proposed pedestrian tunnel to Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport terminal
Aug 11, 2010
TPA 2010 Annual General Meeting Question & Answer Period Summary Report
Jul 27, 2010
Initiatives announced at 2010 Annual Meeting include Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport Consultative Committee and environmental sustainability strategy
Jul 12, 2010
Proposed Pedestrian/Services Tunnel and Perimeter Road Project.
Jun 12, 2010
Get the facts and truth behind the myths.
Mar 5, 2010
The Board of Directors of the Toronto Port Authority ("TPA") initiated a process that will bring forward Public-Private Partnership ("P3") proposals to design, build, finance, operate, and maintain a pedestrian tunnel connecting to the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport ("BBTCA") under the Western Gap of the Toronto harbour.
Jan 29, 2010