Mayor Del Duca issues call-to-action to fight traffic
March 30, 2023
"Tackling gridlock is my number one priority," Vaughan Mayor Steven Del Duca said as he delivered a keynote address during today’s 2023 Vaughan Chamber of Commerce's Annual Mayor's Luncheon to an audience of Members of Council, business, government and community leaders.
Pointing to the City of Vaughan’s 2022 Citizen and Business Surveys, Mayor Del Duca said traffic and traffic-related concerns were ranked top-of-mind by residents and businesses as the critical issues facing the community. Compounding Vaughan's traffic issues, Mayor Del Duca highlighted Vaughan's rapidly growing population, coupled with Council’s approval to implement the Ontario Government's Housing Pledge and the City's provincially mandated housing targets to facilitate the construction of 42,000 new homes in Vaughan by 2031.
Mayor Del Duca further said, “I believe that having the forethought to adequately prepare for future challenges, and turn them into opportunities, is a fundamental test of real leadership,” adding that, “I feel a profound obligation to ensure that we do what is needed to build a comprehensive and modern transportation network.” To that end, Mayor Del Duca detailed a 10-year Action Plan to Fight Traffic Gridlock in Vaughan, featuring several Council-approved city-building projects currently planned or underway that will enhance residents’ quality of life and strengthen the City’s economic competitiveness to retain and attract investment. These projects include:
“This is not an unrealistic wish list or a hope-for-the-best approach,” said Mayor Del Duca. “I am very well aware that some of these projects have been talked about for years, but the time for talk is over. We now have a responsibility to take action and get them done. Each of these projects, taken together and combined with additional improvements to roads, transit and active transportation, will give Vaughan what we need to continue to excel.”
Advocacy to deliver these projects has begun, Mayor Del Duca told the crowd of more than 600 attendees, adding that “we are, after all, a City that knows how to get things done.” Council’s record of working with stakeholders, community groups and other government levels to help build the Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital, plan North Maple Regional Park and develop the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre -- the city’s emerging downtown core connected by the TTC subway and home to Niagara University.
Jennifer Coletta-Rashty, President and CEO, Vaughan Chamber of Commerce, said, “I am delighted to welcome Mayor Del Duca’s first official address at the 2023 Vaughan Chamber of Commerce Mayor’s Luncheon. His forward-looking speech offers a positive message about the state of our city. The Vaughan Chamber looks forward to continuing our close working partnership with Mayor Del Duca, Council Members and our business community to advance a bold agenda for city building. Together, we are helping ensure that Vaughan is one of the best places to live and work in Canada.”
Mayor Del Duca said, "I look out at this room today, and I see exceptional women and men from so many different walks of life who care so much about this city and its future. Our recent past demonstrates that we can do this and anything that we put our minds to. I need your help. Vaughan needs your help. Join me and the Members of Council to make our voices heard. We will convince our York Region, Queen's Park and Ottawa partners that we need their expertise, approvals and investment."
"And, if we do this, the way that I know only Vaughan can, we will accomplish our mission, we will successfully confront the gridlock challenge that has gripped our community for too long, and we will keep Vaughan moving," Mayor Del Duca concluded.