Notice of Completion of Environmental Project Report Relief Line South, City of Toronto and Metrolinx Transit Project Assessment Process

The City of Toronto, Toronto Transit Commission and Metrolinx, an agency of the Province of Ontario, are working collaboratively to bring more transit to communities across the city. To achieve this, we are looking at ways to improve the connectivity of the transit network through the introduction of the Relief Line South, a proposed new subway line.

The Project

The proposed Relief Line South, which is a 7.5km long subway line with 8 stations, will connect the Yonge-University-Spadina Subway (Line 1) downtown to the Bloor-Danforth Subway (Line 2). The Relief Line South will help to relieve crowding on Line 1 south of Bloor, at the Bloor-Yonge Station, and on the surface transit routes coming in and out of downtown.

The Process

The environmental effects of this transit project were assessed and an Environmental Project Report (EPR) has been prepared to document the findings, as well as proposed mitigation according to the Transit Project Assessment Process as prescribed in Ontario Regulation 231/08 made under the Environmental Assessment Act.

There are circumstances where the Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks has authority to require further consideration of the transit project or to impose conditions on it. These include if the Minister is of the opinion that:

  • The transit project may have a negative impact on a matter of provincial importance that relates to the natural environment or has cultural heritage value or interest; or
  • The transit project may have a negative impact on a constitutionally protected Aboriginal or treaty right.

Before exercising the authority referred to above, the Minister is required to consider any written objections to the transit project received within 30 days after the Notice of Completion of the EPR is first published.

If you have discussed your issues with the City of Toronto, TTC and Metrolinx and you object to this transit project you can provide a written submission to the Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks no later than September 13, 2018, to the address provided below.

All submissions must clearly indicate that an objection is being submitted and describe any negative impacts to matters of provincial importance (natural/cultural environment) or Aboriginal rights. Objections must be received within 30 days after the Notice of Completion of the EPR is first published.