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Minister's response

Date: December 12, 2019

Project:

James Dick Construction Ltd. is proposing to re-open, operate, and decommission the Reid Road Reservoir Quarry for the extraction and processing of aggregate at a maximum production capacity of 990,000 tonnes per year for approximately 20 years. The Project would be located in Milton, Ontario.

Decision:

Non-designated project.

Reasons:

The Minister of Environment and Climate Change has considered the potential for the Project to cause adverse effects within federal jurisdiction, adverse direct or incidental effects, public concern related to these effects, as well as adverse impacts on the Aboriginal and treaty rights of the Indigenous Peoples of Canada. The Minister also considered the analysis of the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada.

The Minister has reached the decision that the designation of the Project is unwarranted for the following reasons:

  • no adverse direct or incidental effects are anticipated as no federal authority is expected to render a decision that would enable the Project to proceed;
  • the regulatory review processes that currently apply to the Project and related consultations with Indigenous Peoples provide a framework to address the potential adverse aforementioned effects and concerns raised by Indigenous Peoples and members of the public. These include:
    • provincial licences, permits and approvals required for the Project pursuant to the Aggregate Resources Act, Environmental Protection Act, Planning Act, and Ontario Water Resources Act; and
  • the Project must comply with relevant provisions of federal legislation, including the Fisheries Act, the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999, the Species at Risk Act, and the Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994.
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