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Landmark initiative builds upon expansion in the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre

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Ministry of Environment approves City-led Black Creek environmental assessment to spur continued sustainable development

The City of Vaughan is pleased to announce that the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, is moving ahead with the City’s flood prevention initiative in the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre (VMC). Known as the Black Creek Renewal Municipal Class Environmental Assessment Project (Black Creek Renewal Class EA Study), this new action plan is essential in continuing the development in Vaughan’s downtown core.

The approved Study will allow the City to implement effective flood control measures, enhance the natural heritage system and beautify the public realm through the renewal of the VMC’s Black Creek valley corridor between Highway 7 and Highway 407.

The VMC continues to attract transformational investments, including the arrival of Niagara University – Vaughan’s first post-secondary institution. The PwC-YMCA Tower, Transit City, The MET and the KPMG Tower are among some of the many other developments shaping Vaughan’s rapidly growing and distinctive skyline. The implementation of this project will also further contribute to the mandate of the VMC Sub-Committee, chaired by Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua, to transform this area into a vibrant urban core. It will serve as a key catalyst in positioning Vaughan as a destination of choice for economic prosperity.


“The new Black Creek corridor will be a defining feature of the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre (VMC) and will represent another transformational milestone for our thriving, dynamic and emerging downtown. We are taking an innovative approach to flood control and mitigation, while delivering on our commitment to position Vaughan as a leader in municipal sustainability. Not only will the Black Creek corridor align with our environmental goals, as outlined in the City’s 2018-2022 Service Excellence Strategic Plan, it will also serve to attract further investment, support urban growth and establish an identity for the VMC that is uniquely Vaughan.”
- Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua


  • The VMC is projected to include:
    • 1.5 million square feet of office space by 2031
    • 750,000 square feet of retail space
    • 12,000 residential units to be home to 25,000 people
    • employment targets of 11,500 jobs, of which 5,000 will be new office jobs