CN Milton Logistics Hub Project

Resident and community concerns on CN’s proposed truck-rail hub in our community must be heard. Learn more about the project, the concerns and how to get involved.

Project Status

  • The project is currently being assessed by a Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency Joint Review Panel Process.
  • The Review Panel is holding a Public Hearing for interested parties to present their views on the project between June 19 and July 17 at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites at 2750 High Point Drive in Milton.  
  • The Halton Municipalities have identified significant non-rail aspects of the project that raise concerns for residents and the community and will bring forward these concerns to the Panel on various dates between June 20 and July 10. 

Public Hearing

  • General Sessions
    • Thursday, June 20 at 1 p.m. - Halton Municipalities
    • Thursday, June 20 at 7 p.m. - Milton Says No
  • Technical Sessions
    • Tuesday, June 25 at 9:30 a.m. - Halton Municipalities
      Project Description, Alternative Means, and Railway Operations and Services (Project, Design, Capacity, Operations and Alternative Means of Undertaking the Project)
    • Wednesday, June 26 at 1 p.m. Halton Municipalities
      Socio-Economic Conditions (Land Use, Planning and Economic Issues); Halton Municipalities – Socio-Economic Conditions (Traffic & Road Safety)
    • Monday, July 8 at 9:30 a.m.
      CN, Milton Says No, ECCC, Health Canada and Halton Municipalities Air Quality, Noise, Vibration, Light and Human Health (Air Quality, including Greenhouse Gases, and Human Health)
    • Tuesday, July 9th at 9:30 a.m. - Halton Municipalities
      Air Quality, Noise, Vibration, Light and Human Health (Light)
    • Wednesday, July 10th at 1 p.m. - Halton Municipalities
      Socio-Economic Conditions (Community Services & Infrastructure (including Financing))

Read Mayor Gord Krantz' testimony, View the full schedule and watch the live stream.

Project Concerns

There are impacts to all Halton Municipalities (City of Burlington, Town of Halton Hills, Town of Milton, and Town of Oakville). Since the project was proposed in 2015, we have been working together to ensure community interests and the planned visions for the community are heard. Our concerns are summarized below:

  • Traffic congestion: The hub will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week and result in 1,600 truck trips to and from the site each day. These truck routes will lead to more traffic on our roads and traffic will continue to increase as the site’s capacity grows. This congestion poses a risk to the safety of motorists, cyclists, pedestrians and families in the area.
  • Health and safety: The proposed site is immediately adjacent to existing and planned residential areas. Approximately 34,000 current and future residents, twelve schools, two long-term care homes and one hospital are located within one kilometer of the site. The site will generate increased levels of noise, air pollution and lighting, and significantly impact the community’s health and safety.
  • Environment: Our community effort to protect the environment will be impacted by the effect of emissions, storm water discharge, water takings and watercourse alterations.
  • Employment: The project will result in less serviceable employment lands and fewer jobs for the Halton community. The site and the surrounding area is currently planned for 1,500 jobs and this project will only result in 130 jobs.

Additionally, CN has only revealed its plans for 400 acres on the site; they have not disclosed its plans for the remaining 800 acres. We have determined that the operations at this site can be significantly expanded which will further increase the impacts on residents and the community.

About the Proposed Logistics Hub

On March 19, 2015, the Canadian National Railway Company (CN) formally announced that it plans to move forward with a proposal to build a $250 million intermodal and logistics hub adjacent to its main line in the Town of Milton.

The proposed facility would transfer cargo containers between rail cars and trucks to move goods eastward cross the Greater Toronto Area and throughout North America. The facility would be approximately 2900 metres in length and have the capacity to handle four trains per day. Once completed, the terminal would operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The Town of Milton is working closely with Halton Region to develop a coordinated municipal planning and regulatory response to the CN proposal.

Location

The proposed facility would be built on a 400-acre parcel of CN-owned land in the southwest portion of urban Milton. It would be bordered by Tremaine Road to the west, Britannia Road to the north, Lower Base Line to the south and Highway 25 to the east.

Both the Town of Milton and Halton Region have serious concerns that the selected location in Milton is not appropriate as the proposed expanded railway operations and services are not consistent with existing zoning or the Official Plans of the Town and the Region.

Halton Municipalities Launch Court Challenge

Halton Municipalities launch court challenge to confirm their jurisdictional role in proposed Milton truck-rail project.

For the full announcement, visit Halton Region News.

For more information about the proposed CN Logistics Hub Project, visit Halton Region - CN Logistics Hub Project.

 

CEAA Review Panel

 

On December 6, 2016,The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Dr. Scott Streiner, Chair of the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA), announced the establishment of a three-member panel to review the proposed CN Logistics Hub.

The Minister has appointed Ms. Lesley Griffiths as the Chair of the Review Panel, and Dr. Isobel Heathcote and Mr. William McMurray as panel members. Mr. McMurray is also a member of the CTA and has been assigned by the Chair of the CTA to decide whether the proposed rail construction should be approved under section 98 of the Canada Transportation Act.

Updates:

Documents, records and public participation opportunities related to the Environmental Assessment by Review Panel are available on the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency Milton Logistics Hub Project webpage.

July 14, 2017The Review Panel has produced a report summarizing its site visit. You can read the document here

May 11, 2017 - The Review Panel plans to undertake a tour of two existing CN intermodal facilities (Montreal and Calgary). The purpose of the tours is the enhance the Review Panel's understanding of intermodal terminal and railway operations. More details are available here.

Webcast Archive - Panel Orientation Session, March 1 - 2, 2017

 

Applicable Regulations

 

The Federal Government is responsible for regulating certain classes of railways. Both the Canada Transportation Act and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act identify requirements for the approval process for the construction of a new railway line or railway lines.

Halton Region and the Town of Milton are working to ensure that any development proposed is subject to a full municipal regulatory review under the Planning Act and other Provincial laws and regulations.

 

Project History

 

Halton Municipalities comment on CEAA terms and scope for review of proposed CN Logistics Hub

Environmental Impact Statement and Application by CN (January - June 2016)

CN filed its Environmental Impact Statement for the Milton Logistics Hub on January 7, 2016 as part of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency's Environmental Assessment process. 

Candian Environmental Assessment Agency Determination (April - June 2015)

CN submitted a project description to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency on April 8, 2015 (CEAA) for review and to determine whether an environmental assessment was required for the project.

To assist in making its decision, the CEAA invited public comments on the project and its potential for causing adverse environmental effects. That commenting period has now closed and all comments submitted by April 27, 2015 were considered.

On May 22, 2015 the CEAA issued its notice of decision requiring the proposed CN Logistics Hub to undertake a federal environmental assessment process under the Environmental Assessment Act, 2012.

Response from Halton Municipalities

The five Halton municipalities (the Town of Milton, the Town of Oakville, the Town of Halton Hills, the City of Burlington and Halton Region) jointly issued a formal response to CN's submission to CEAA.. Follow the links below to read full written responses.

On July 3, Halton Region and the Town of Milton jointly sent a follow-up letter (July 3, 2015) to The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment.

Canadian Transportation Agency Determination

On May 13, 2015 the Canadian Transportation Agency ordered CN to obtain federal approval under the Canadian Transportation Act to construct railway lines as part of the proposed Milton Logistics Hub.

Additional Information

To learn more about the CN proposal and rail transportation visit the following web pages: