News release

On March 1, 2024, the Federal Court of Canada ruled in favour of the Halton Municipalities with respect to CN’s proposed truck-rail facility in the Town of Milton. The Court found that the decisions of the Federal Minister and Cabinet failed to fulfil their duty to protect human health.

The project cannot now proceed without going back to the Federal government for reconsideration, including a full evaluation of the effects of the project.

“This has been a long battle to protect the health of our residents,” said Milton Mayor Gord Krantz. “We are delighted that our concerns have been heard.”

“The Court noted Federal Cabinet’s decision was flawed and unreasonable,” said Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr. “Our concerns about the health and safety of our residents have been heard loud and clear and we are very pleased with the Court’s decision.”

In 2020, the Environmental Review Panel found that CN’s proposed truck-rail hub in Milton would have significant adverse effects on the health of Halton residents. This is the only project ever subject to a federal environmental panel review found likely to cause significant adverse effects on human health.

There are also additional concerns about safety due to the potential for increased traffic. The project site is located within one kilometer of more than 34,000 residents, one hospital, 12 schools, and two long-term care homes.

Learn more about Milton's position on the project.

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