The transit project assessment process applies to selected transit projects as identified in the Transit Projects and Metrolinx Undertaking Regulation (O. Reg. 231/08).
This process requires public sector proponents to:
Transit projects fall into one of the following environmental assessment process streams.
Proponents are required to complete an environmental project report to document the results of the assessment process and the consultation. Regulated timelines apply to the six month process.
Once the environmental project report is complete, the public has an opportunity to submit an objection to the Minister if they feel there are negative impacts on a matter of provincial importance, such as a provincially significant wetland or archaeological site or an Aboriginal right.
The Minister may issue a notice to:
The Minister has 65 days to issue a notice; however, if the Minister does not issue a notice 65 days after the proponent has issued their Notice of Completion, the proponent can proceed with the project.
For projects following the transit project assessment process, the route to resolving issues is to participate in the process and to discuss issues with the proponent.
If someone feels there are significant outstanding environmental issues, they can submit an objection to the Minister. The Minister will determine if the project can proceed or if further study is required based on a potential negative impact on a matter of provincial importance or on an Aboriginal right.
If additional study is required by the Minister to be undertaken and the Minister is not satisfied that the matter of provincial importance or Aboriginal rights has been addressed, then the Minister may require the proponent to prepare an individual environmental assessment (EA).
Anyone can submit an objection 30 days from the time the proponent gives a Notice of Completion of the environmental project report.