Highway 413 Stage 2 Environmental Assessment: Permission To Enter (PTE)

The Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) is currently undertaking Stage 2 of the Highway 413 Transportation Corridor Route Planning, Preliminary Design and Environmental Assessment (EA) Project. Building on the recommendations from Stage 1, the EA Project will identify the route, determine interchange locations and complete the preliminary design for a new transportation corridor. The new transportation corridor will include: a 400-series highway, transitway and potential goods movement priority features. The Preferred Route for the Highway 413 EA Project was confirmed in August 2020. To view the Highway 413 Preferred Route, please click the following link: Highway 413 Preferred Route Brochure (PDF).

The Phase 1 field investigation program was completed in December 2020. The Phase 2 field investigation program began in September 2021 and is anticipated to be completed by December 2022. If field investigations are required for the 2023 field season, updated field investigation details and/or PTE notifications will be made available. This schedule is subject to change. Field investigations will be conducted to inventory the natural, social and cultural environmental and engineering features within the study area. It is important to obtain this information from field investigations to document existing conditions and avoid or minimize negative effects and develop appropriate mitigation measures for any areas containing significant/sensitive features.

Permission To Enter (PTE)

Permission to Enter (PTE) grants the Project Team temporary access to private property at the consent of the property owner(s) in order to conduct field investigations. Information collected will be used to document existing environmental and engineering conditions within the Highway 413 Preferred Route and Focused Analysis Area (FAA). This is an important step in the EA process, so that we may identify existing conditions, confirm impacts and develop appropriate mitigation measures. A map of the 2020 FAA can be viewed by clicking the following link: 2020 FAA (PDF). The FAA is a zone surrounding the Preferred Route. Properties located within the FAA could be directly impacted by the Highway 413 transportation corridor, ancillary uses or if refinements are made to the Preferred Route.

Property owners within the 2020 Preferred Route were sent a PTE notification package, including a PTE Letter, Agreement and Factsheet. Property owners in receipt of a PTE notification package are encouraged to follow the instructions below:

Step 1: Receiving your Notice of PTE Form

Property owners will be notified by letter and/or email and will receive a “Permission to Enter Form”.

Step 2: Review and Sign your PTE Form

Property owners are requested to review and sign the “Permission to Enter Form”. Please complete the Owner(s) name, mailing address, and the required email and phone number sections.

Step 3: Submit your PTE Form to the Project Team

Return a signed copy to the Project Team using the provided self-addressed and stamped mailing envelope or by email to PTE@Highway413.ca by March 11, 2022

Step 4: Property Access

Property owners will be notified by a member of the Project Team at least 5 business days prior to field staff entering your property.

Property owner cooperation through the signing and returning of PTE forms is greatly appreciated.

Phase 1 PTE Fieldwork - Completed

Phase 1 PTE field investigations consisted of field staff documenting observations, taking photos, and mapping existing conditions.

The Phase 1 field investigations began on March 9, 2020 and continued intermittently until December 31, 2020. The Phase 1 fieldwork program included a combination of the following investigations undertaken by the Project Team field staff:

  • Natural Environment Investigations – natural resource observations, including fisheries, wildlife, wetlands, and vegetation inventories; groundwater and drainage conditions (including water well surveys).
  • Socio-Economic Environment Investigations – land use and agricultural review; contaminant and waste management observations.
  • Cultural Environment Investigations – cultural heritage landscapes and built heritage resource assessments.
  • Engineering Investigations – engineering surveys to understand existing conditions that may influence design.

Phase 2 PTE Fieldwork - Underway

Phase 2 PTE field investigations will include fieldwork which may require some temporary alteration to properties. Temporary alteration to a property may refer to open-test pitting, installation of monitoring well(s), drilling of boreholes, and/or limited interference with use of a portion of a property. Temporary changes to your property will be returned to the original condition at no cost to the property owner, once the investigation is complete.

The Phase 2 fieldwork program will include any combination of the following investigations being undertaken on your property by the Project Team field staff:

  • Natural Environment Investigations – natural resource observations, including fisheries, wildlife, wetlands, and vegetation inventories; groundwater and drainage conditions via water well surveys.
  • Socio-Economic Environment Investigations – land use and agricultural review; contaminant and waste management observations.
  • Cultural Environment Investigations – Stage 2 Archaeological Assessments.
  • Engineering Investigations – geotechnical and borehole investigations; utility locate surveys; topographic surveys.

Phase 2 fieldwork began in September 2021 and is anticipated to be completed by December 31, 2022.

Property Acquisition Process

The PTE process is not affiliated with the property acquisition process. PTE will be used only to establish environmental conditions and assess the engineering feasibility of the new multimodal transportation corridor within the 2020 Preferred Route. If your property is subject to a PTE requirement, this does not confirm a property acquisition requirement. Property acquisition requirements will be confirmed following EA approval.

Special Considerations

Please do advise if there are any special requirements or precautionary measures that staff should take while visiting your property (i.e. accommodate/do not impede sensitive farm operations, harvesting, seasonal breeding, etc.).

PTE Contact Information

If you would like to speak with someone directly regarding a specific question, concern or clarification related to the PTE process or form, please contact:

Nadia Dabagh, PTE Coordinator
Phone: 289-835-2519
E-mail: PTE@Highway413.ca

Nadia will provide you with a response within 3-5 business days.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will I be notified in advance of field staff entering my property?

Yes. A member of the Project Team will notify you at least 5 business days prior to field staff entering your property to conduct fieldwork.

More than one site visit may be required in 2022, by different specialists or by the same specialists in different seasons. We would like to assure you that visits will generally occur during the day and staff will attempt to notify you at least 5 business days prior to any visits. All efforts will be made to minimize any inconvenience and to accommodate any requests you may have as to scheduling. Field staff will be specialists from WSP and AECOM. All field staff will carry appropriate identification and are fully covered by professional liability insurance. Vehicles owned by field staff will be clearly marked with a sign in the window.

What if I refuse to provide Permission to Enter or I am uncomfortable with the process?

We encourage you to contact the PTE Coordinator if you have any questions regarding the Permission to Enter process. We will work with you to ensure that you are comfortable with the process. Project Team field staff will not enter any part of your property unless Permission to Enter is granted.

It is important to obtain information from field investigations to document existing conditions and avoid or minimize negative effects and develop appropriate mitigation measures for any areas containing significant/sensitive features.

What is the 2020 Preferred Route and Focused Analysis Area (FAA)?

Stage 2 of the Highway 413 Transportation Corridor Route Planning, Preliminary Design and EA Project has focused on developing and evaluating a short-list of route alternatives to select a Preferred Route. The Highway 413 Project Team announced the Preferred Route and 2020 Focused Analysis Area (FAA) to the public on August 7, 2020.  The FAA is a zone that surrounds the Preferred Route and defines which properties continue to be within an area of interest as the project progresses. Properties located within the FAA could be directly impacted by the Highway 413 transportation corridor, ancillary uses, or if refinements are made to the Preferred Route during the preliminary design stage. The Project is currently in the Preliminary Design phase, which focuses on further refining the design of the Highway 413 Preferred Route. Please refer to https://www.highway413.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Preferred-Route-and-2020-FAA-Bulletin_Aug-2020_Final.pdf to view the August 2020 Preferred Route and FAA bulletin.

What precautions are being taken by the Project Team field staff while accessing properties for field investigations in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic?

Any field staff conducting field investigations will be in compliance with the provincial guidelines for COVID-19. COVID-19 precautionary measures, including but not limited to physical distancing and using appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), are required by field staff to ensure the safety of the property owners and field staff.

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