GO Transit Station Secondary Plan

In June 2016, the Province of Ontario formally announced the extension of GO Train service to Niagara with a stop in St. Catharines by 2023.

Working with its partner municipalities, including St. Catharines, Niagara Falls and Grimsby, the Niagara Region initiated a series of secondary plan studies for each of the station locations. Each draft Secondary Plan has been assessed and refined through public engagement. The next step of the GO Hub and Transit Stations Study is to include each secondary plan as an amendment to the respective local municipality's official plan.

Notice of Adoption of GO Transit Station Secondary Plan

On May 7, 2018, City Council passed By-law 2018-121, adopting Official Plan Amendment No.19 under section 17 of The Planning Act, to implement the GO Transit Station Secondary Plan.

The Notice of Passing by City Council can be viewed here.

City Council approved Urban Design Guidelines for the GO Transit Station Secondary Plan Area, which can be viewed here.


The extension of daily GO Transit service to Niagara has been envisioned since the completion of the 2011 GO Transit Environmental Study Report: Niagara Rail Service Expansion.

In 2016 the Province of Ontario announced that daily service would be extended through Niagara with service targeted to start in St. Catharines in 2023. 

The City of St. Catharines, in conjunction with the Niagara Region, has hosted Public Open Houses regarding the Secondary Plan on June 19, 2017 and November 2, 2017.

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