Notice of Completion of Environmental Project Report
New SmartTrack Stations, Metrolinx and City of Toronto
Transit Project Assessment Process

Metrolinx, an agency of the Province of Ontario, the City of Toronto and the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) are working collaboratively to bring more transit to communities across the city. To achieve this, we are looking at ways to improve the connectivity of the transit network through the introduction of new SmartTrack stations.

The Project
Metrolinx and the City of Toronto, as co-proponents, have completed an Environmental Project Report (EPR) in accordance with Ontario Regulation 231/08, Transit Projects and Metrolinx Undertakings for six new SmartTrack stations. Metrolinx and the City of Toronto intend to proceed with the project in accordance with the EPR.

The City of Toronto’s SmartTrack concept uses the Metrolinx GO network to provide additional and more frequent transit service in the City of Toronto. Specifically, SmartTrack is an enhancement of the Metrolinx Regional Express Rail (RER) program. RER will significantly increase rail service across the GO network by providing electrified, 15 minutes or better service on five GO corridors in core areas. To support this service increase, Metrolinx and the City of Toronto are undertaking the development of six new SmartTrack stations at the following locations:

  • St. Clair-Old Weston (Kitchener rail corridor near the St. Clair Avenue West / Old Weston Road intersection);
  • King-Liberty (Kitchener rail corridor near the King Street West / Sudbury Street intersection);
  • East Harbour (Lakeshore East/Stouffville rail corridor between the Don River and Eastern Avenue);
  • Gerrard-Carlaw (Lakeshore East/Stouffville rail corridor at the Gerrard Street East / Carlaw Avenue intersection);
  • Lawrence-Kennedy (Stouffville rail corridor at Lawrence Avenue East); and
  • Finch-Kennedy (Stouffville rail corridor at Finch Avenue East).

The Process
The environmental effects of this transit project were assessed and an EPR has been prepared according to the Transit Project Assessment Process as prescribed in Ontario Regulation 231/08, Transit Projects and Metrolinx Undertakings. The EPR for the six new SmartTrack stations is now available at www.metrolinx.com/newstations, www.smarttrack.to and at the following locations for a 30-day public review period starting July 20, 2018 and ending on August 20, 2018.

Metrolinx
Head Office
97 Front Street – 2nd Floor Reception
Toronto, ON M5J 1E6
Tel: 416-874-5900
Monday to Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Scarborough Civic Centre – City Clerk’s Office
150 Borough Drive, 3rd Floor
Toronto, ON M1P 4N7
Tel: 416-396-7287
Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks
(Formerly the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change)
Central Region Office – Toronto District Office
Place Nouveau, 8th Floor, 5775 Yonge Street
North York, ON M2M 4J1
Tel: 416-326-6700
Toll-free: 1-800-810-8048
Monday to Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Jones Public Library
118 Jones Avenue
Toronto, ON M4M 2Z9
Tel: 416-393-7715
Monday & Friday: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 10:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday & Thursday: 12:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Parkdale Public Library
1303 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON M6K 1L6
Tel: 416-393-7686
Monday to Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

City Hall Library
100 Queen Street West, 1st Floor
Toronto, ON M5H 2N2
Tel: 416-393-7650
Monday to Friday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks
Environmental Assessment and Permissions Branch
135 St. Clair Avenue West, 1st Floor
Toronto, ON M4V 1P4
Tel: 416-314-8001
Toll-free: 1-800-461-6290
Monday to Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Dufferin/St. Clair Public Library
1625 Dufferin Street
Toronto, ON M6H 3L9
Tel: 416-393-7712
Monday: 10:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday & Thursday: 12:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday & Friday: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

McGregor Park Public Library
2219 Lawrence Avenue East
Toronto, ON M1P 2P5
Tel: 416-396-8935
Tuesday & Thursday: 12:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday & Friday: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Queen/Saulter Public Library
765 Queen Street East
Toronto, ON M4M 1H3
Tel: 416-393-7723
Tuesday & Thursday: 12:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday & Friday: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Woodside Square Public Library
Woodside Square Mall 1571 Sandhurst Circle
Toronto, ON M1V 1V2
Tel: 416-396-8979
Monday to Thursday: 9:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Friday & Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Interested persons are encouraged to review this document and provide comments by August 20, 2018 to either Metrolinx or the City of Toronto at:

Metrolinx
New SmartTrack/GO Stations
c/o Georgina Collymore
Senior Advisor, Communications and Stakeholder Relations
20 Bay Street, Suite 600, Toronto, ON M5J 2W3
newstations@metrolinx.com
Tel: 416-202-4921
www.metrolinx.com/newstations

City of Toronto
New SmartTrack/GO Stations
c/o Jade Hoskins
Senior Public Consultation Coordinator
100 Queen Street West, 20th Floor, East Tower
Toronto ON M5V 3C6
SmartTrack@toronto.ca
Tel: 416-338-2848
www.smarttrack.to

There are circumstances in which the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change has the authority to require further consideration of the transit project or impose conditions on it. These include if the Minister is of the opinion that:

  • The transit project may have a negative impact on a matter of provincial importance that relates to the natural environment or has cultural heritage value or interest, or
  • The transit project may have a negative impact on a constitutionally protected Aboriginal or treaty right.

Before exercising the authority referred to above, the Minister is required to consider any written objections to the transit project that she/he may receive within 30 days after the Notice of Completion of the EPR is first published.

If you have discussed your issues with Metrolinx and the City of Toronto and you object to this transit project you can provide a written submission to the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change no later than August 20, 2018, to the address provided below. All submissions must clearly indicate that an objection is being submitted and describe any negative impacts to matters of provincial importance (natural/cultural environment) or Aboriginal rights. Objections must be received within 30 days after the Notice of Completion of the EPR is first published.

Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks
Environmental Assessment and Permissions Branch
Attention: Cindy Batista, Special Project Officer
135 St. Clair Avenue West, 1st Floor, Toronto, ON M4V 1P4
Tel: 416-314-7225 Toll-free: 1-800-461-6290
Email: cindy.batista@ontario.ca

If not already provided, a copy of the objection will be forwarded to the proponent by the Ministry.

All personal information included in a submission – such as name, address, telephone number and property location – is collected, maintained and disclosed by the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) for the purpose of transparency and consultation. The information is collected under the authority of the Environmental Assessment Act or is collected and maintained for the purpose of creating a record that is available to the general public as described in section 37 of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Personal information you submit will become part of a public record that is available to the general public unless you request that your personal information remain confidential.

For more information, please contact Metrolinx or the City of Toronto (contact information above) or the MECP Freedom of Information and Privacy Coordinator at 416-212-8912.

This notice was first published on July 19, 2018.

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