The Class Environmental Assessment Process

This study is subject to Ontario’s Environmental Assessment Act and will be completed in accordance with the Class EA for Provincial Transportation Facilities (2000) (MTO’s Class EA) as a Group B project.  The EA process involves the collection and integration of input from various engineering, social science and scientific studies, as well as public and agency consultation.

A TESR Addendum will be prepared to document changes to the 2006 TESR, including design changes and a summary of environmental impacts and mitigation measures required as a result of design changes.  The TESR Addendum will be made available for a 30-day public review period in spring 2013.

If a member of the public or review agency believes the TESR Addendum does not fully outline the project's impacts or provide appropriate mitigation measures, a request (known as a Part II Order or “Bump-Up” request) may be sent to the Minister of the Environment asking for the assessment to comply with Part II of the Environmental Assessment Act. The Ministry of the Environment will decide if the request is appropriate. 

If no Part II order requests are received at the end of the 30-day review period, the study is considered approved under the EA Act and may proceed to construction.