Throughout June and July, CN met with the Burlington, Halton Hills, Milton, and Oakville Chambers of Commerce to provide members with an update on the proposed Milton Logistics Hub.
During these information sessions, participants were informed of the recent rapid growth of intermodal as a preferred method of transportation to get household goods into key markets, such as the GTHA. At these briefings, CN explained the need for inland capacity to support Canada’s trade corridors and to meet the increased demand for household goods in the region, which is the fastest-growing in Canada. CN discussed with these business audiences how the logistics hub would help local businesses in Milton, and throughout Halton and southern Ontario, get their goods to and from critical markets.
The briefings provided a unique opportunity for the business community to learn more about the proposed project, as well as to ask questions and raise any concerns. The Chamber participants were advised of the community consultations taking place in September and October, which will provide further opportunities to learn about mitigation measures to reduce the effects of the Milton Logistics Hub on communities and the environment, as well as additional community benefits that the project could provide.
Chamber members were informed that CN is fully cooperating with the federal joint Review Panel that is currently reviewing the proposed project under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012, and discussed the timeline of the project, from when it was first announced in 2015 through the current review period. More information about the environmental assessment process is available on the CEAA Public Registry.