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Ongoing innovation

From trialing new solutions to enhancing existing policies and processes, we’re constantly looking at new ways to make your airport experience healthier.

  • Starting January 6, the Ontario government is launching a COVID-19 testing program at Toronto Pearson. Free voluntary testing will be available to international arriving passengers. To learn more, visit our testing page.
  • Installing UV-C light sterilization units on the handrails of selected escalators and moving walkways to help reduce the spread of potentially harmful microorganisms.
  • We have plexiglass barriers separating the front and back seats in over 600 licensed taxis and limos operating at Toronto Pearson.
  • We’re trialing new technology that makes elevators touchless, so that you can operate them with your smartphone. Use Bluetooth-enabled elevators by scanning the QR code to download the control app.
  • A trial of wearable technology for selected employee groups is currently ongoing with the aim of helping to ensure that physical distancing guidelines are followed.
  • We’ve installed upgraded MERV-13 filters in our HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) system.
  • Newly installed indoor air quality monitoring stations are in place in both Terminals 1 and 3, providing accurate, up-to-date information on each terminal’s air quality and air flow. Moreover, the public can view real-time data at any time by visiting
  • Six autonomous floor cleaners with UV-C disinfection technology are in operation throughout the terminal to clean and disinfect floor surfaces.
  • The GTAA has partnered with BlueDot to monitor and manage risk from COVID-19 and other infectious diseases. The Toronto-based technology firm’s outbreak risk software safeguards lives by mitigating exposure to infectious diseases that threaten human health, security, and prosperity.
  • We’ve installed CleanSlateUV units throughout the airport. The units sanitize smartphones and other small electronic devices, are free to use and eliminate 99.979% of COVID-19 virus cells.
  • We've introduced Personal Protective Equipment (PPE ) vending machines to our terminals to provide easy access to items such as face masks, hand sanitizer and wipes. The machines are cashless and can be found in six convenient locations pre-security (four in Terminal 1 and two in Terminal 3).
  • We’ve recently installed UV-C light arrays in select air handling units at the airport. Combined with our upgraded air filters, this innovative technology adds a new layer of defense against potentially harmful pathogens.

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