Region of Waterloo International Airport Master Plan


The Region of Waterloo International Airport is a full-service airport and a key feature in the Region's infrastructure contributing an estimated $90 million to the Waterloo Region economy in 2015. The airport is situated on approximately 1,000 acres of land and is home to over 250 private and charter aircraft, 25 businesses, and more than 300 employees. In 2016 there were 127,824 passengers and 110,284 aircraft movements and YKF was identified as one of the top 20 busiest airports in Canada.

In 2012, under the direction of Regional Council, the airport initiated the process of updating its 2000 Master Plan and 2009 Business Plan. In 2014 Regional Council provided additional direction to:

  • optimize the existing capacity of the airport;
  • attract new air service;
  • build out the Aviation 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 provided additional direction to complete the 20-year Master Plan and associated 5-year Business Plan.

The Master Plan presents a vision and strategy to guide the future of the airport and provides a set of recommendations to optimize the airport's commercial value over the next 20 years (2017-2036). The Business Plan supports the Master Plan by implementing a number of strategic operational actions over the next five years.

Why do we need a Master Plan?

A Master Plan is a tool used by airports to anticipate and plan for future development including maximizing existing infrastructure, managing increased air service and protecting for future growth.

Our Plan takes into consideration the dynamic nature of the aviation industry, identifies facility needs and alternatives for the future development of the airport, recommending capital improvements for up to 20 years. 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 our community.

Who directed the Master Plan Project?

The Master Plan project was 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 supported 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
  • Rod Regier, Commissioner Planning, Development & Legislative Services, 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 was the Master Plan be developed?

The Master Plan was developed by taking into consideration the opportunities and challenges the airport will face in the next 20 years and how to best provide service to our 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 & included 2 Public Information Centres (May 25 and November 10, 2016)
  • Plan presented to the Region of Waterloo Planning and Works Committee - April 4, 2017
  • Plan presented to the Region of Waterloo Regional Council - April 12, 2017

Upon approval by Regional Council, the airport will begin to prepare for potential future growth and development over the next 20 years.

Stay up-to-date

1.  Email us to provide your comments

2.  Request information by phone (519) 648-2256, TTY 519-575-4608 or Email us 

3.  Sign up for updates at 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 

2017 Project Reports and Information

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

 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 support 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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