The Study Process

The Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) provides a decision-making process to make sure that all relevant engineering and environmental factors are considered in the planning and design of transportation facilities (Class Environmental Assessment (EA) for Provincial Transportation Facilities, 2000). The present study is a Preliminary Design and Class Environmental Assessment Study undertaken as a Group ‘B’ project, which includes highway improvements that provide or cause significant modification to traffic access.

Class EA Process diagram

Upon completion of the project, a Transportation Environmental Study Report (TESR) will be prepared to document the following:

  • The major features of the proposed work
  • A full description of the consultation program
  • Identification of all project approvals, licenses and permits that have been or must be obtained
  • Environmental impacts, mitigation, and protection measures that will be implemented
  • Commitments to future work

The TESR will be placed on the Public Record for a review period of 30 calendar days to provide the opportunity for stakeholders to review and comment on the document

Detailed information regarding the MTO Class EA and Ontario EA Act is available in Documentation

Frequently Asked Questions

How will the public be involved during the study?

To make sure that all interested members of the public are contacted, an extensive notification process will include announcements in newspapers and letters to agencies, stakeholders, First Nations and property owners. The public will be invited to attend two Public Information Centres (PICs). The first PIC, on June 15, 2016, introduced the project to the public, provided background information, and presented the preliminary improvement alternatives with the evaluation criteria. The second PIC will be held on December 14, 2016, to display and seek input on the results of the evaluation of alternatives and the Recommended Plan.

Invitations to the PICs will be broadly advertised in local newspapers. In addition, this project website has been developed for the project and interested parties can submit their comments via the website. This website will provide general project information, updates and notices of upcoming meetings and milestones and will also host all project reports. The project mailing list will be updated throughout the study.

Will access to private property be required during the study?

Stantec and its sub-consultants will require access to some private property to undertake field investigation work in support of the study.  In these locations, permission to enter will be requested from the property owners. The Ministry’s staff, consultant, or sub-consultants will not enter private property without prior consent from the property owner.

How do I get involved in this study? 

To receive direct notification regarding study milestones, please contact the project team.