Environmental Assessment Process

This Study will follow the approved planning process for a Group ‘A’ project under the MTO Class Environmental Assessment for Provincial Transportation Facilities (2000). Alternatives within the Study Area will be generated and evaluated based on technical and environmental factors and in consultation with Indigenous communities, public stakeholders, municipalities and government agencies. Upon completion of the study, a Transportation Environmental Study Report (TESR) will be prepared to document the design, environmental assessment and consultation. It will be available for a 30-day public review period.

No federal lands/properties will be impacted by the Study and therefore does not trigger the Impact Assessment Act (2019). The Project Team will keep apprised of any changes to provincial and federal legislation as the Study progresses.

An aerial photograph of Bradford Ontario.

Ontario Environmental Assessment Act (OEAA) - MTO Class EA Process

The Ontario Ministry of Transportation’s (MTO) Class Environmental Assessment for Provincial Transportation Facilities (2000) outlines the Environmental Assessment process to be followed for specific groups of provincial transportation projects. The Class Environmental Assessment is approved under the Act and provides a streamlined process for which projects or activities within a defined “class” must follow. Provided that this process is followed, projects and activities included under the Class Environmental Assessment do not require formal review and approval under the Ontario Environmental Assessment Act.

Four project groupings within the Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA) have been established for the purposes of guiding consultation and determining the process documentation. Based on the project type, the study advances under one of following:

  • Group "A" - Projects involving new facilities
  • Group "B" - Projects involving major improvements to existing facilities
  • Group "C" - Projects involving minor improvements to existing facilities
  • Group "D" - Activities that involve operation, maintenance, administration and miscellaneous work for provincial transportation facilities

The Bradford Bypass is subject to the Class EA as Group ‘A’ project, following the process for a new facility.

For projects subject to the Class EA, the Project Team undertakes an environmental assessment that involves identifying and planning for environmental issues and effects prior to implementing a project. The process allows reasonable opportunities for public involvement in the decision-making process of the project.

The Class EA documentation is a Transportation Environmental Study Report (TESR), which will be prepared and made available for a 30-day public and agency review period at the completion of the Study. The TESR will document the following:

  • The transportation needs, problems and opportunities,
  • Existing environmental conditions;
  • A summary of consultation undertaken throughout the Study
  • The generation, assessment and evaluation of alternatives within the Study Area;
  • The preferred alternative(s) / recommended plan; and,
  • A summary of potential environmental issues and mitigation measures and environmental commitments to be carried forward through future design stages.

Other aspects of the environmental assessment process applicable to these project types are contained in the Class Environmental Assessment for Provincial Transportation Facilities (2000). Readers interested in these matters are encouraged to refer to that document.
For related information, please see the following links:

Impact Assessment Act (IAA) Federal EA Process

Bradford Bypass Project Team’s Response to the IAAC Designation Request

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Minister's Decision

May 3, 2021 — The Minister of Environment and Climate Change has determined that the Bradford Bypass Project proposed by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation does not warrant designation under the Impact Assessment Act. The reasons for the Minister’s determination are provided in his response For more information, visit Canadian Impact Assessment Registry for the Bradford Bypass Project  to learn more about the evaluation of the project.

For more information on the Federal EA process under the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada (IAAC), please see the following links:

Design Study Process for Bradford Bypass

Previous Studies and Design Stages

  • Bradford Bypass 1997 Route Planning Study – Complete (Approved 2002)
  • Bradford Bypass Environmental Study Updates and Initiate Permission to Enter – 2019-2020 – Complete
  • Highway 400 Planning and Preliminary Design Study from the South Canal Bridge to 1.0 km South of Highway 89 (November 2003)

Current Studies and Design Stages

  • Preliminary Design
    • Permission to Enter, Project Notification and Study Initiation (We are here)
    • Field Investigations and Data Collection (Initiated)
    • Evaluation of Alternatives (Initiated)
    • Public Information Centre 1
    • Selection of Preferred Alternative
    • Public Information Centre 2
    • Filing of the Transportation Environmental Study Report (TESR)

Future Design Stages

  • Detail Design (DCR)
  • Construction
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