** During construction, access to local businesses will be maintained using a signed detour route and through the use of alternate routes **
The Class EA planning process in Ontario is streamlined to allow individual projects or activities within a defined "group" to meet the requirements of the Environmental Assessment Act. Projects and activities within a group are generally ones that are recurring, carried out routinely, and have predictable and mitigable environmental effects. The word "environment" is broadly defined to include the cultural, natural, social, and economic environments. When a project meets the requirements of the applicable Class EA document, the requirements of the Environmental Assessment Act (EA Act) are fulfilled. The requirements of the Class EA document must be met prior to construction. 

MTO's Class EA outlines the process to be followed for specific groups of Provincial transportation projects. Project groupings within the Class EA were established for the purposes of consultation, documentation, and formal EA challenge (Part II Order) and include the following: 

  • Group A - Projects are new facilities
  • Group B - Projects are major improvements to existing facilities
  • Group C - Projects are minor improvements to existing facilities
  • Group D- Activities involve operational, maintenance, administration and miscellaneous work for Provincial transport facilities. These activities are approved under the EA Act, subject to compliance with other applicable environmental legislation.
  The Class EA Process Chart
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BELOW IS A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE DESIGN PHASE, WHICH HAS NOW ENDED