Public Comment Period on Intent to Make a Determination

2021-08-16 Infrastructure Canada must determine whether the proposed Rehabilitation of Algonquin Trail/OVRT project, located in Toronto, is likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.

To help inform this determination, Infrastructure Canada is inviting comments from the public respecting that determination. All comments received will be considered public [and may be posted online]. For more information, individuals should consult the Privacy Notice on the Registry website (

The Department of National Defence is also an authority for this project and has conducted their own assessment. To view their assessment, click this link:

Written comments must be submitted by September 15, 2021 to:

Meng Koh

(343) 551-0418

Project Summary:

The project, located in the municipality of Laurentian Hills, Ontario, consists of rehabilitating 24 kilometers of active transportation trails along the Algonquin Trail including: spreading 23,000 metric tons of aggregate and limestone dust; installing safety and security structures; repairing bridges, and clearing brushing; and installing directional and heritage information.

The project is entirely within a rail corridor parallel to Highway 17 and the Trans Canada Pipeline corridors. The Algonquin Trail is part of the Ottawa Valley Recreational Trail (OVRT) extending from Lanark County, west through Renfrew County to Papineau-Cameron Tsp. in Northern Ontario at Mattawa. 


  • Grading trail surface to repair and level it for the application of 23,000 metric tons of aggregate.
  • Delivery of the aggregate to the trail and spreading and compacting of the aggregate to create a smooth surface.
  • Brushing and ditching the trail way.
  • Gates, safety upgrades of approaches, barriers, repairs of existing structures.
  • The project involves improvements and safety fencing on existing bridges and structures with no effect on waterways. 
  • Wayfinding, heritage, natural, First Nations and safety signage.
  • All land relevant to the project was disturbed & cleared beginning in 1865 and maintained since then


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