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Federal Cabinet Decision on CN Truck-Rail Hub Delayed a Second Time

CN Rail Hub Regional Council Blog Post

*Please see below a media release issued by the Region of Halton.

The Regional Municipality of Halton
For Immediate Release
December 21, 2020

On September 21, the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada posted a notice on its website, indicating that the Governor in Council has extended the time limit for a decision on CN’s proposal for a truck-rail hub in Milton up to 90 days. As the Federal Government continues to review the findings and report submitted by the Federal Review Panel, the Halton Municipalities will carry on their advocacy efforts to have the community’s voice and concerns heard regarding CN’s proposal.

“The Halton Municipalities, together with the community and our MPs and MPPs, have voiced strong concerns about this project and the significant adverse effects it will cause to human health and the environment. We will continue to work with the federal government to ensure our collective voices are heard as this proposal poses a significant risk to the health and safety of Halton residents. The federal government needs to make the right decision to protect the health and safety of our community by not approving the proposed CN project.” —  Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr

The Federal Review Panel has determined that this project could have significant adverse effects on human health. The proposed location of the CN project is within one kilometer of approximately 34,000 current and future residents, one hospital, twelve schools and two long-term care homes. The truck-rail hub would operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week and result in at least 1,600 new trips to and from the facility daily by heavy-duty container trucks.

The significant health and environmental effects caused by this project are unavoidable. The Federal Review Panel concluded that, even after taking feasible mitigation into account, the project would cause significant effects on air quality and human health and cumulative effects on air quality, wildlife habitat and land available for agricultural use.

Concerns remain about the federal enforceability of mitigation conditions proposed by the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada. The vast majority of the over 200 mitigation measures proposed by the Agency fall outside federal jurisdiction and cannot be enforced by federal compliance officers.

For more information about CN’s proposal and the Halton Municipalities’ position on this project, please visit


*Posted by John Bkila, Mayor’s Media and Digital Communications Specialist

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1 thought on “Federal Cabinet Decision on CN Truck-Rail Hub Delayed a Second Time”

  1. Respective to cn rail and the terminal – the issue isn’t about the need for cn to set up the distribution terminal – which is needed to provide efficient distribution of goods from a rail terminal – it is about not in Milton yet these lands were acquired by cn well before the op was developed for residential expansion and the city of Milton is expanding in agricultural land – so I ask if not in Milton were can cn build this terminal that would effectively service the west Gta more efficiently?

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