Environmental Assessment Process & Schedule

This study has followed the approved environmental planning process for Group ‘B’ projects under the Class Environmental Assessment for Provincial Transportation Facilities (1999), as amended in 2000 (MTO Class EA), with the opportunity for public input throughout the study.

Public consultation is an important part of the Group 'B' process and the public is encouraged to provide input at any point during this project. To facilitate public involvement Public Information Centres (PICs) have been held at three key study stages. The PIC provided local residents and business owners, members of the public and other stakeholders with an opportunity to review, comment on, and discuss the project with members of the Project Team.

The overall Class Environmental Assessment planning process approach and key tasks are illustrated in the diagram below. This process consisted of two major phases: Functional Planning and Preliminary Design.

The schedule that will be followed is illustrated in the diagram below:

A Transportation Environmental Study Report (TESR) was prepared for this project was made available for a 30-day public review period between September 14, 2017 and October 16, 2017. During this public review period, the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks (formerly Ministry of Environmental and Climate Change) received one request for a Part II Order under the Ontario Environmental Assessment Act. On April 19, 2018, the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change denied the Part II Order Request and the project was cleared to proceed.

This project is considered to have met the requirements of the MTO Class EA and the environmental assessment is complete.

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