Draft Study Design for Environmental Assessment Associated with Porter Proposal to Introduce Jet Aircraft and Lengthen Runway at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport Released Today Commencing 30-Day Public Review Period

Toronto (April 20, 2015) – A final draft of the Environmental Assessment (EA) Study Design/Scope is now available on the project website (BBTCArunwayandjetsEA.org/6-study-design) for a 30-day public review. The final draft EA Study Design/Scope, developed during Part One of the EA process, details the list of the effects that will be studied through the EA and the methodologies that will be used to study these effects.
Feedback provided during Part One of the EA process by members of the public, stakeholder organizations, agencies, and First Nation and Métis communities has helped inform the final draft EA Study Design/Scope. Participants have provided input through:
  • Pre-Consultation Conversations;
  • 4 Public Meetings;
  • 4 Stakeholder Advisory Committee Meetings;
  • 9 Agency Advisory Committee Meetings;
  • Correspondence and meetings with First Nation and Métis communities; and,
  • Written submissions provided by mail and email.
Summaries of feedback received are available on the project website under “Consultation Materials” (BBTCArunwayandjetsEA.org).
Over the next 30 calendar days, members of the public, stakeholder organizations, agencies and First Nation and Métis communities can provide further suggested refinements to the draft EA Study Design/Scope.
Please send any suggested refinements no later than the end of Tuesday, May 20, 2015 to the Independent Facilitation Team via Matthew Wheatley at mwheatley@swerhun.com or by phoning 416-572-4365.
PortsToronto will consider the further suggested refinements received and will then finalize the EA Study Design/Scope. Once it has been finalized, Part Two of the EA will commence, focusing on assessing potential impacts and proposing potential mitigation measures. Public, stakeholder, agency and First Nation and Métis communities engagement will continue during Part Two of the EA process.
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For more than 100 years PortsToronto (formerly Toronto Port Authority) has worked with its partners at the federal, provincial and municipal levels to enhance the economic growth of the City of Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area. A financially self-sustaining government business enterprise, PortsToronto owns and operates Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, which welcomes more than two million passengers each year; the Outer Harbour Marina, one of Canada’s largest freshwater marinas; and Terminals 51 and 52, which provide transportation, distribution, storage and container services to businesses at the Port of Toronto. PortsToronto is committed to fostering strong, healthy and sustainable communities and has invested more than $6.7 million since 2009 in charitable initiatives and environmental programs that benefit communities along Toronto’s waterfront and beyond. PortsToronto operates in accordance with the Canada Marine Act and is guided by a nine-member board with representation from all three levels of government.