Notice of commencement of the Terms of Reference for the Niagara Escarpment Crossing Environmental Assessment

Niagara Region started a study for a north-south transportation crossing of the Niagara Escarpment. The crossing will:
  • Accommodate commercial vehicles and other modes of transportation
  • Increase safety for local communities and efficiency for commercial vehicle operations
  • Help serve higher transportation system capacity, redundancy and resiliency
  • Keep Niagara open for business with the effective movement of goods and people
The proposed transportation crossing study area includes Grimsby, Lincoln and West Lincoln.
Study Process
This study is under the Environmental Assessment Act as an individual environmental assessment. An environmental assessment represents a two-step approval process. The first step of this project is to prepare a terms of reference. The second step is the environmental assessment.
The terms of reference will outline the planning and decision-making process. It is submitted to the Ontario Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks for approval. If approved, the preparation of the environmental assessment will follow. It will include alternatives to consider and the consultation activities that will take place.
You are invited to participate
The public, agencies, Indigenous communities and other interested persons are encouraged to participate in the study process. Those interested can review information, provide comments, ask questions and / or attend consultations.
A Public Information Centre is planned for later this year to present the draft Terms of Reference including. This includes the existing study area conditions, proposed alternatives and the next steps in the study. Details about the Public Information Centre will be shared as the study progresses. Study information is available for review on the Niagara Escarpment Crossing Environmental Assessment - Terms of Reference project page.
Contact either one of the study team members if you wish to be added to the study contact list to receive future notifications or if you have any questions or comments on the study:
Maged Elmadhoon, M.Eng., P.Eng.
Manager, Transportation Planning
Niagara Region
1815 Sir Isaac Brock Way, Thorold, Ontario
905-980-6000 ext. 3583
Gillian Thompson, B.Sc., MCIP, RPP
Senior Planner / Senior Project Manager
CIMA+ Canada Inc.
400–3027 Harvester Rd., Burlington, Ontario
289-288-0287 ext. 6852
Personal information collected or submitted in writing at public meetings will be collected, used and disclosed by members of Regional Council and Regional staff in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA). The written submissions including names, contact information and reports of the public meeting will be made available. Questions should be referred to the Privacy Office at 905-980-6000 ext. 3779 or
If you need any accommodations for a disability to attend and participate in meetings or events, let us know in advance so that arrangements can be made in a timely manner. Contact the Accessibility Advisory Coordinator at 905- 980-6000 ext. 3252 or
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