About The Proposed Project

The Milton Logistics Hub is needed to: 

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 MEET GROWING
DEMAND

 Meet the growing demand
for household goods across
the GTHA.

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 HELP LOCAL
BUSINESSES

 Help local businesses in
Milton and southern Ontario
get their goods to and from
critical markets.

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ALLEVIATE
CONGESTION

Alleviate congestion
on 400-series highways by
removing long-haul trucks.

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 SUPPORT CLIMATE
GOALS

Support Canada’s international
supply chains and federal trade
and climate goals.

The Project is proposed to be built on a portion of CN-owned land east of Tremaine Road and south of Britannia Road in Milton. The Project’s major components include:

An administration building, maintenance garage for terminal
equipment and areas for short-term container storage.

Realignment and extension of the existing mainline.

A 1.7-kilometre long truck entrance road and queuing area
on CN property to keep waiting trucks off local roads.

An employee entrance off Tremaine Road.

An underpass at Lower Base Line to maintain traffic flow
and facilitate east-west passage for emergency vehicles.

A minimum 5-meter high berm/barrier in strategic
locations, planted with native Ontario vegetation to
blend with the surrounding environment.

A stormwater management system design to capture
and treat all terminal water runoff.

What is intermodal?

Intermodal transportation involves moving goods in a unique
container for the entire journey, using more than one mode of
transportation: truck, rail and/or ship. Many household products
are shipped this way, including food, toys, clothing, electronics,
and furniture.

Intermodal facilities, such as CN’s Brampton Intermodal Terminal
(BIT) and the proposed Milton Logistics Hub, are where shipping
containers are transferred between trains and trucks to efficiently
move goods. Intermodal is safe, efficient, and environmentally
responsible. In the absence of intermodal capacity, goods in
containers would move by long-haul trucks, which generate four
times more greenhouse gas emissions per container and increase
congestion on regional highways.

Why was Milton selected?

After a thorough analysis of alternatives, we found that the property in Milton was the site that met
the main requirements of the project. The proposed location is:

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 SUFFICIENT
SIZE

Of sufficient size, grade, and
configuration to efficiently
accommodate container trains
moving into and out of the facility.

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CLOSE TO
HIGHWAYS

 In close proximity to
designated truck routes.

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CLOSE TO
DEMAND

In a region with growing
demand for goods, and near
existing transportation and
logistics infrastructure.

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 OPTIMAL
LOCATION

Located in an area with minimal
intrusions on environmental
features, such as woodlands and
watercourses.

Should the proposed Project be approved, it would handle four intermodal trains per day.
One intermodal train can transport the equivalent of 280 long-distance heavy trucks. CN’s
intermodal network removes approximately 2 million of these trucks from Canadian
highways annually, 1 million of which would flow through the GTHA.

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Strengthening our local, regional,
and national economies

The Milton Logistics Hub would improve Canada’s overall access to key domestic and trans-border markets, as well as markets in the Pacific, Atlantic, and Gulf coast trade gateways.

The Project will not only deliver goods for local residents, it will also help local businesses to be more competitive in the global market, making Milton and the GTHA a more attractive place to invest and grow a business.

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Jobs and tax revenues for health care,
education, and infrastructure

Based on the most recent assessment, the Project is expected to create approximately 1,000 direct and indirect jobs, including 130 direct jobs on-site.

Over the next 20 years, it is estimated that Intermodal Oriented Development would generate up to $230 million in municipal revenues to the Halton Region and the town of Milton, helping to provide public services such as health care, education, and infrastructure.

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Community Partnerships

We are proud to be partnering with Wilfrid Laurier University to support the Centre for Supply Chain Management, playing a role in educating and training people for well-paying jobs in the region’s fast-growing community, and partnering on the annual World Class Supply Chain Summit in Milton.

We are also working on a co-op program to provide experience and summer jobs for students at our intermodal facilities, and recruiting Wilfrid Laurier graduates in Logistics for jobs.

We are committed to building a sustainable facility that includes directional LED lighting, a rainwater collection system and rooftop solar panels.