The Ontario Environmental Assessment Act, R.S.O 1990 (the EA Act) states that projects of a particular class (such as municipal road, water and wastewater projects) must follow an approved Class EA process. Based on the estimated cost of works, the project has conservatively been considered as Schedule “C”. The following Table illustrates the progression through the five phases of the process, which are outlined as follows:
Phase 1 Identify the problem or opportunity;
Phase 2 Identify alternative solutions, evaluate these alternatives, and select the preferred
Phase 3 Identify alternative design concepts for the preferred solution, evaluate these alternatives and select the preferred design;
Phase 4 Complete the Environmental Study Report (ESR) and make it available to the public and;
Phase 5 Implement the project with contract drawings, tender, construction, and operation.
A detailed explanation of the Class EA process for Municipal Roads can be found here: https://www.ontario.ca/page/class-ea-municipal-infrastructure-projects
The overall Municipal Class EA planning and design process Figure 1.2, from the Municipal Engineers Association: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Ka9lFGL6rl-3jWQb4H8xt-RkxjkNP8yo/view?usp=sharing
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