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Public consultation opens on Milton logistics hub

Comments invited in potential environmental impacts of southern Ontario CN hub


July 7, 2020
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OTTAWA – The Impact Assessment Agency of Canada is holding a public comment period as part of the environmental assessment process for the proposed Milton Logistics Hub Project, located in Milton, Ontario, approximately 50 kilometres west of Toronto.

The Agency is now inviting the public and Indigenous groups to comment on the potential environmental assessment conditions for the project. These potential conditions would become legally binding on the proponent if the minister of environment and climate change ultimately issues a decision statement indicating the project may proceed.

Written comments in either official language will be accepted until August 21, 2020. 

Comments can be submitted online by visiting the project home page on the Canadian Impact Assessment Registry (reference number 80100). Comments received will be published online as part of the project file. Information on alternative means of submitting comments is also available on the Registry.

The Agency recognizes that it is more challenging to undertake meaningful public engagement and Indigenous consultation in light of the circumstances arising from COVID-19. The Agency continues to assess the situation with key stakeholders, make adjustments to consultation activities, and is providing flexibility as needed in order to prioritize the health and safety of all Canadians, while maintaining its duty to conduct meaningful engagement with interested groups.

Furthermore, as a result of these circumstances, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change has extended the time limit for the issuance of the decision statement for the Milton Logistics Hub Project on April 3, 2020 by 90 days to increase the time the public and Indigenous groups have to be consulted on the potential conditions.

Following the public comment period, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change will consider the comments received as well as the Review Panel Report and will make an environmental assessment decision for the project. The Minister will determine if the project is likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects when appropriate mitigation measures are taken into account.

Should the Minister determine the project is likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects, the project will be referred to the Cabinet for decision.

For more information on the project and the review process, visit the Agency’s website at canada.ca/iaac.