Consultation / Upcoming Events

Consultation is an important part of the Class Environmental Assessment process. Consultation provides opportunities for two-way communication between the Project Team and interested stakeholders and enables the identification of potentially significant matters early in the decision-making process.

Effective engagement goes beyond the application of tools and starts with a thoughtful approach that is tailored to this project and its context. Our engagement and consultation program includes a variety of traditional and innovative techniques to increase stakeholder awareness and participation, as outlined below.

Notification

Throughout the study, a variety of notification methods (i.e., newspaper advertisements, mail delivery, and this website) will be used to notify interested stakeholders about the study at key project milestones, including commencement, the Public Information Centres (PICs) and the availability of the Transportation Environmental Study Report (TESR) for the 30-day public review.

Notices will be published in the following local newspapers:

The Notice of Study Commencement was issued in April 2018.

The Notice of Public Information Centre #1 was sent in January 2019. The Ministry of Transportation rescheduled the Public Information Centre for the Highway 35/115 Interchange Study that was planned for Tuesday February 12 at the Orono Arena and Community Centre due to a Winter Storm Watch from Environment Canada with 25 to 35 cm of blowing snow.

The Notice of Public Information Centre #1 was sent in February 2019 with the rescheduled PIC date.

The Notice of Public Information Centre #2 was sent in November 2019.

Public Information Centres (PICs)

Opportunities for consultation will be provided at key project milestones. The Project Team along with MTO Staff will host two public open houses.

The first PIC was introductory in nature and took place at the Orono Arena and Community Centre. The PIC provided external agencies, interested stakeholders, Indigenous Communities, and members of the community with an opportunity to review the study process, existing conditions, need and justification, generation of preliminary alternatives, the evaluation criteria which will be used to assess the alternatives, and next steps in the study.

The first PIC was held as a drop-in style, open house format as follows:

Date: Tuesday March 5, 2019
Location: Orono Arena and Community Centre
2 Princess Street
Orono, ON
Time: 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Details from the PIC are posted below. Please review the display boards presented at the PIC and provide any comments or suggestions you may have to the Project Team using the comment form here:

Display Panels

PIC #1 Display Boards (excluding Existing Conditions and Alternatives)

PIC #1 Existing Conditions Display Boards

PIC #1 Long List of Alternatives Display Boards

PIC #1 Short List of Alternatives Display Boards

The second PIC was held on December 12, 2019.  The PIC provided external agencies, interested stakeholders, Indigenous Communities and members of the community with an opportunity to review the evaluation of alternatives and the preferred Preliminary Design, along with anticipated environmental impacts and proposed mitigation strategies.

The second PIC was held as a drop-in style, open house format as follows:

Date: Thursday December 12, 2019
Location: Orono Arena and Community Centre
2 Princess Street
Orono, ON
Time: 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Details from the PIC are posted below. Please review the display boards presented at the PIC and provide any comments or suggestions you may have to the Project Team using the comment form here:

Display Panels

PIC #2 Display Boards (excluding Short List of Alternatives and Local Access Times)

PIC #2 Short List of Alternatives Display Boards

PIC #2 Local Access Times Display Board

To contact the Project Team directly with comments or to request to be added to the study mailing list, please visit the Contact Us page of this website.