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Environment Act License Application for SWBRT

May 14, 2014

The City of Winnipeg is seeking approval and licensing under the Manitoba Environment Act for the proposed development of the City of Winnipeg's Stage 2 of the Southwest Rapid Transit Corridor (the Project).

Stage 1 of the Southwest Transitway was opened in April 2012 and is currently in operation from Queen Elizabeth Way in the downtown area of the City of Winnipeg to Pembina Highway and Jubilee Avenue. Stage 2 of the Project extends the Southwest Rapid Transit Corridor from Pembina Highway and Jubilee Avenue south to the University of Manitoba.

Dillon Consulting Limited and their sub-consultant, M. Forster Enterprises, met with Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship Environmental Approvals Branch officers on November 18, 2013 to discuss the proposed Project and it was determined that the proposed Project would be considered as a Class 2 Development under the Manitoba Environment Act and will require an Environment Act License from the Province of Manitoba.

A review of current Canadian Environmental Assessment Act and other federal regulations and guidelines (e.g., Transport Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, federal P3 funding under PPP Canada) found that there are no federal review, approval or licensing requirements for the Project.

The Environmental Assessment can be downloaded at  http://www.gov.mb.ca/conservation/eal/registries/5709citywpgrapidtransit/index.html including information about the opportunity to present your position to Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship Environmental Approvals Branch will be posted shortly.