Region of Waterloo International Airport Master Plan

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The Region of Waterloo International Airport is a full-service airport and a key feature in the Region's infrastructure and economic landscape contributing $90M to the Region's economy in 2015.  With over 1000 acres of land, the Airport is home to over 250 private and charter aircraft, 25 businesses and more than 300 employees.  In 2015 the airport experienced another record year with almost 154,000 passengers travelling through the terminal building. The airport was also identified as one of the top 20 busiest airports in Canada and is home to one of the leading flight training schools in the country.

In 2012, under the direction of Regional Council, the Region of Waterloo International Airport initiated the process of updating the Master Plan and Business Plan, completed in 2000 and 2009 respectively. In 2014 Regional Council provided additional direction to: optimize the existing capacity of the Airport; attract new air service; build out the Business Park; protect for future growth; increase community awareness about noise mitigation measures; and, develop the airport in conjunction with the adjacent East Side Employment Lands.

In 2015 recommendations from the Region of Waterloo Service Review were adopted by Regional Council which resulted in the initiation of the 2016 Master Planning process.

The Master Plan will guide the future of the Region of Waterloo International Airport and provide a set of recommendations to optimize the Airport's commercial value over the next 20 years (2016 - 2035).

Why do we need an Airport Master Plan?

The Master Plan is a tool used by most airports across the country to anticipate and plan for future airport development including maximizing existing infrastructure, managing increased air service and protecting for future growth.

Our Plan will take into consideration the dynamic nature of the aviation industry and will identify facility needs and alternatives for the future development of the Airport, recommending capital improvements for up to 20 years.  It is understood that recommendations will be undertaken in a financially feasible manner and will ensure the continued operation of a safe, efficient, and environmentally compatible airport recognizing the environmental and socio-economic issues that exist in the community.

Who is directing the Airport Master Plan Project?

The Master Plan project is being directed by a Steering Committee comprised of staff and elected officials from: the Regional Municipality of Waterloo; the cities of Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo; and the Township of Woolwich.  Staff from the Airport and representation from the Grand River Conservation Authority will support the committee.

Steering Committee:

  • Councillor Tom Galloway, Region of Waterloo

  • Councillor Sean Strickland, Region of Waterloo

  • Councillor Geoff Lorentz, Region of Waterloo

  • Councillor Sandy Shantz, Region of Waterloo
  • Councillor Donna Reid, City of Cambridge

  • Councillor Dave Schnider, City of Kitchener

  • Councillor Mark Whaley, City of Waterloo

  • Councillor Larry Shantz, Township of Woolwich

  • Councillor Murray Martin, Township of Woolwich

  • Mike Murray, Chief Financial Officer, Region of Waterloo
  • Thomas Schmidt, Commissioner Transportation & Environmental Services, Region of Waterloo

  • Craig Dyer, Commissioner Corporate Services/CFO Region of Waterloo

  • Bryan Stortz, Director Corporate Communications, Region of Waterloo     

  • Chris Wood, Airport General Manager, Region of Waterloo

How will the Airport Master Plan be developed?

The Master Plan will be developed taking into consideration the opportunities and challenges that the Airport will face in the next 20 years and how to best provide service to the growing community and meet the travel and connectivity needs of residents. The Region will be looking for feedback from the community to build a sustainable plan for development.

The Airport Master Planning Process:

  • Project Commencement - April 2016
  • Public Information Centres
    • #1 - May 25, 2016 (4 to 8 p.m.) Waterloo Region Museum (10 Huron Road, Kitchener)
    • #2 - November 10, 2016 (4 to 8 p.m.) Waterloo Region Museum (10 Huron Road, Kitchener)
  • Region of Waterloo Planning and Works Committee Update - Early 2017
  • Project Completion - Early 2017

Provide your Input

1. Attend a Public Information / Public Consultation Centre

Two Public Information/Public Consultation Centres will be held over the course of the planning process allowing staff to present information to the community and gather input. Details regarding the Public Information Centres will be advertised online and in the local media.

Following the May 25, 2016 PIC, comments and feedback will be reviewed by the Master Plan Steering Committee and their recommendations will be presented for a second round of public consultation which will take place November 2016.

  • #1 - May 25, 2016 (4 to 8 p.m.) Waterloo Region Museum (10 Huron Road, Kitchener)
  • #2 - November 10, 2016 (4 to 8 p.m.) Waterloo Region Museum (10 Huron Road, Kitchener)

2. Log on to Engage Region of Waterloo and submit your feedback online.

This new e-engagement platform is designed to facilitate Region-wide public engagement processes.  As a registered user you will be notified as new topics become active for commenting.

3.  Email Us to submit your comments online

4. Phone Calls & Face-to-face

The Airport will respond to requests for information by phone or in person and will redirect requests to Regional Staff as needed. Email us or call (519) 648-2256, TTY 519-575-4608.

5. Sign up for Updates

To receive ongoing updates about the Airport Master Plan send your name, address and contact details to Airport Master Plan.

Information shared and collected will comply with the Region of Waterloo's AODA guidelines and the Region of Waterloo's personal information gathering/storing and use protocol.

The Region of Waterloo continues to take steps to address the noise concerns of citizens in the adjacent residential communities.  Aeronautical Noise Management Information 

2016 Project Reports and Information

2014 Project Reports and Information

The above information was presented at the Airport Master Plan Public Information Sessions which took place in February and April 2014. If you require additional information or clarification regarding these materials, please contact Chris Wood, Airport General Manager 519-648-2256 / TTY: 519-575-4608.

Additional Background Documents

COLLECTION NOTICE: All comments and information received from individuals, stakeholder groups and agencies regarding this project are being collected to assist the Region of Waterloo in making a decision. Under the Municipal Act, personal information such as name, address, telephone number, and property location that may be included in a submission becomes part of the public record. Questions regarding the collection of this information should be referred to the Region of Waterloo International Airport at 519-648-2256.

Accessible formats and communication supports are available for all documents on this page. Please phone 519-575-4400, TTY 519-575-4608 to request an alternate format.

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