The Environment: A Top Priority

The Milton Logistics Hub has gone through an extensive federal environmental assessment and regulatory review process and was approved on January 21, 2021 by the federal government, with 325 conditions.

CN is committed to meeting these conditions in building and operating the Milton Logistics Hub, and has proposed a number of measures to mitigate potential effects of the Project. The federal government’s decision and conditions for the Project can be reviewed at Decision Statement and Project Conditions.


 Some examples of what we are doing to protect and enhance the environment include:

  • Enhance vegetation along Indian Creek and through Tributary A realignments, to increase vegetation diversity, increase shade to watercourses, provide bank stability, and improve water quality and fish habitat.
  • Provide a net benefit to fish and fish habitat through the creation and enhancement of natural channels and supporting in-stream and riparian habitat features to increase the area and improve the quality of fish habitat.
  • Create and manage consolidated offsite Bobolink, Eastern Meadowlark and Monarch habitat in partnership with Ducks Unlimited Canada, a highly respected non-profit environmental organization.
  • Provide enhanced habitat and nesting mounds for turtles and enhanced habitat and breeding ponds for amphibians.
  • Improve flood control upstream of the CN mainline and along Tremaine Road through improved flood conveyance and floodplain storage design to reduce the overall flood risk in the area.

In addition, as part of CN’s larger sustainability strategy to reduce emissions, CN is launching a pilot program to acquire 50 zero-emission, electric, heavy trucks as part of its intermodal fleet. The trucks will be used at CN’s intermodal terminals in urban areas, such as Greater Toronto, Hamilton, Montreal, and Vancouver, to reduce greenhouse gas and other air emissions. The trucks are custom-built and engineered in Quebec; they produce no noise pollution and each truck will remove 100 tons of GHG from the road annually.

The full EIS is available on the public registry at iaac-aeic.gc.ca