PortsToronto takes great pride in being part of the community it operates within – largely the Toronto waterfront – and is committed to being a good neighbour by engaging with those who live, work and operate in the area.
In doing so, PortsToronto builds and maintains positive relationships and a strong connection with its neigbours and stakeholders through open dialogue, transparency, public participation and two-way communication.
PortsToronto conducts a number of community engagement initiatives including:
- Community Liaison Committee
Since 2010, PortsToronto has conducted quarterly meetings with community residents and stakeholders to expand engagement and ensure Billy Bishop Airport is responsive to the needs of its neighbours. Click here to learn more about the Community Liaison Committee, view past meeting minutes and to see a meeting calendar.
- Waterfront Stakeholder Meetings
PortsToronto conducts routine meetings with its institutional, business and residential neighbours along the waterfront, including the Bathurst Quay Neighbourhood Association and York Quay Neighbourhood Association, the Harbourfront Community Centre, the Toronto District School Board, the Waterfront BIA, and City of Toronto service providers like Parks, Forestry and Recreation department and the TTC (Toronto Transit Commission).
- Public Opinion Survey
Since 2007, Ipsos Reid has conducted an annual public opinion survey on behalf of PortsToronto to measure awareness, recognition and appreciation for the airport as an important gateway and key driver of the economy. For January 2014 results, please click here.
- Ongoing Communication
Billy Bishop Airport is committed to providing timely and up-to-date information advising the local community of upcoming projects and other events that may impact the neighbourhood via Public Notices, email and social media.
- Sail-In Cinema
The award-winning three-day summer event draws thousands to Sugar Beach, which is transformed into Toronto’s largest outdoor movie theatre. The free event screens family-friendly movies under open skies on a two-sided screen set atop a barge in Toronto Harbour, with movies viewable from land or by boat. Click here to find out more.
- Student Greeter Program
Billy Bishop Airport provides students from Georgian College’s Aviation Management Program an opportunity to gain exposure to the industry and airport operations. The program offers students training and a four month placement as Airport Terminal Greeters to welcome and provide information to travellers and airport users.