Master Plans & Class EAs

Truck Route Master Plan

Notice of Completion & Public Review Period
May 16 to June 17, 2022

The City of Hamilton has completed the Truck Route Master Plan review. The study explored opportunities to provide safe and efficient movement of trucks in Hamilton, support economic activities, minimize negative impacts of truck traffic on sensitive land uses, and balance between the industry and community needs.

Based on the technical analysis and public and stakeholder inputs several alternative solutions were developed and evaluated and a preferred alternative was determined.

The study was conducted in accordance with the requirements of Phases 1 and 2 of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) document, October 2000 (Amended in 2007, 2011 and 2015), which is an approved process under the Ontario Environmental Assessment Act.

At the conclusion of the study a report was prepared documenting the master planning process undertaken, the development and evaluation of alternative solutions including selection of the preferred alternative, an updated truck route network, and policy recommendations. Infrastructure upgrades and road/intersection geometric improvements were recommended to enhance road user safety and enable the future truck route designation of select rural roads. A Master Plan in its entirety is not appealable, but any proposed Schedule B and C projects are. Since no Schedule B or C projects were recommended as part of this master plan there is no opportunity to appeal at this time.

The updated Truck Route Network and Truck Route Master Plan Study Report was ratified by Council on April 13, 2022.

For Public Review

The Report will be on public record for a minimum of 30 calendar days in accordance with the Municipal Class EA process. The “Review Period” will begin on May 16, 2022 and end on June 17, 2022.

Prefer to review in person? The Report will be made available for public review at these locations:

  • Office of the City Clerk, 71 Main Street West, City Hall, 2nd Floor, Hamilton, ON, L8P 4Y5
  • Stoney Creek Municipal Service Centre, 777 Hamilton Regional Rd 8, Stoney Creek, ON, L8E 5J4
  • Flamborough Municipal Service Centre, 163 Dundas St. East Hamilton, ON, L8N 2Z7
  • Glanbrook Municipal Service Centre, 4280 Binbrook Rd, Binbrook, ON, L0R 1C0

Provide your Comments

You may provide written comments by June 17 to:
Omar Shams
Project Manager, Transportation Planning
City of Hamilton
100 King Street West, 9th Floor, Hamilton, ON. L8P 1A2
Email: [email protected]

Hamilton Truck Route Master Plan Review

The City of Hamilton has been conducting the Truck Route Master Plan Review study. The study is exploring opportunities to advance the safe and efficient passage of trucks in Hamilton, to support economic activities and the movement of goods while balancing the needs of residents and communities. The master plan will recommend an updated truck route network and will outline supporting policies and strategies.

Objectives the TRMP Review

In consultation with the public, goods movement industry, Business Improvement Areas, and other stakeholder groups, the objectives of the Truck Route Master Plan Review are to:

  • Review the existing truck route network, including issues, challenges and opportunities identified by stakeholders and the public.
  • Identify the current and projected truck route-related problems that need to be addressed.
  • Develop, evaluate, and recommend alternative truck route networks.
  • Recommend supporting policies and tools that the City can consider to mitigate the current problems and manage the potential future challenges.


Truck Route Network

The City of Hamilton is recognized as a goods movement gateway between Southern Ontario and international markets as a result of the goods movement corridors (rail lines, highways) and intermodal freight facilities (airport, port, rail yards) that exist in Hamilton. Virtually all goods consumed in Hamilton, and in the supply chain process reaches consumers by trucks. The City of Hamilton operates a designated truck route network that designates where truck traffic can travel in order to:

  • Recognize and minimize the impacts of truck traffic on the interests of the greater community such as safety, congestion, noise, and air quality
  • Support economic and employment activities
  • Support the safe and efficient movement of goods and services
  • Protect the City’s road infrastructure that cannot bear heavy loads or roads where truck traffic would be unsuitable (e.g. narrow lanes, weight restrictions on bridges)

Currently, the City is managing its truck route network using a hybrid truck route signing system utilizing both permissive and restrictive truck route signing. The most recent review of the truck route network was completed as part of the Truck Route Master Plan, which was approved by City Council in 2010. The study recommends ways to managing the truck route network, including maintenance, truck route signage, and a methodology for dealing with truck route network issues in the future.

Issues with the 2010 truck route network, and new policy influences have emerged, that are leading to challenges with the truck route network, including:

  • The environment and Hamilton’s climate emergency declaration
  • Public health, social equity, and roadway safety (Vision Zero)
  • Network connectivity and area-specific issues
  • Growth in new employment areas (e.g. Airport Employment Growth District, Red Hill Business Park), rural area issues
  • Emerging truck technologies and policies.

Visit to watch the video, view the presentation materials and provide your comments.

Virtual Public Information Centre #2
Held June 24, 2021
Provided an update you on the study, and present draft recommended truck route network.
PIC#2 VideoPIC #2 Presentation (PDF, 3 MB) |  Draft Recommended Truck Route Network (PDF, 2 MB) |  Draft Recommended Truck Route Network - Sub Areas (PDF, 13 MB) |  Existing Truck Route Network Draft Changes (PDF, 2 MB)  |  Draft Recommended Truck Route Network with Cycling Network (PDF, 3 MB) | Questions and Answers Script (PDF, 211 KB)

Virtual Public Information Centre #1
Held September 2, 2020
Introduced the study, collected input on the draft vision, goals and principles that will shape the study, and collected your thoughts on the problematic truck areas in your community.
PIC Presentation (PDF, 2 MB) |  Map of Identified Urban Problem Areas (PDF, 2 MB)  |  Map of Identified Rural Problem Areas (PDF, 5 MB)

Hamilton’s Truck Route Master Plan (PDF,11 MB) is intended to recommend a truck route network, and the policies and implementation strategy that will assist the City in managing the truck route network over the next five years. It provides recommendations for future action, policies for truck route signage, and a methodology for dealing with truck route network issues in the future.

Contact us

Omar Shams
Project Manager, Transportation Planning
City of Hamilton
Phone: 905-546-2424 Ext 7474
Email: [email protected]