Cascadia Rail Expansion Phase 4

Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) proposes to extend their existing rail track leading to the Cascadia Terminal, Vancouver. The proposed extended service track would run along the south shore of Burrard Inlet between Second Narrows and Berry Point in Burnaby. The project would increase the length of the existing third track by approximately 1,500 meters and allow for assembly of 2,600 meter trains clear of the mainline track, reducing delays for other trains serving freight and passengers in Vancouver. 

To extend the track, CP proposes to widen the existing rail bed by placing clean, engineered fill material in the riparian area and marine environment. The proposed extension of the rail track is to be situated within the CP right-of-way. The proposed works extending beyond the right-of-way and into port authority jurisdiction include the reconfiguration of existing tracks associated with the Chevron Parkland Refinery, the widening of sections of the embankment, the construction of a riprap toe, the extension of existing culverts through the embankment, and the construction of fish habitat offsetting features to the east of Berry Point. 

Both marine and land based access for construction is proposed. Marine access is anticipated to involve the use of two barges. To accommodate activities that may be conducted at appropriate tides in sufficiently dry working conditions, certain works may be conducted outside the port authority's standard work hours of Monday to Saturday between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. 


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Latest update

Notice of Determination 

Burnaby, B.C. October 7, 2022– The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority and Transport Canada have determined that the proposed Cascadia Rail Expansion Phase 4, South shore of Burrard Inlet, between Second Narrows and Shellburn Terminal, is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.


Notice of Determination 

November 23, 2022 – Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) has determined that the proposed Cascadia Rail Expansion Project is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects. .


Key documents

Key documents
Document Number Document Title File Date
5 Notice of Determination - November 23, 2022
4 Notice of Determination - October 7, 2022
3 Cascadia Rail Expansion Phase 4 - Public comments invited - Fisheries and Oceans Canada - September 8, 2022
2 Cascadia Rail Expansion Phase 4 - May 5, 2022
1 Cascadia Rail Expansion Phase 4 - March 21, 2022


Project and Environmental Review
Vancouver Fraser Port Authority
100 The Pointe, 999 Canada Place
Vancouver, British Columbia V6C 3T4

  • Location

    • Burnaby (British Columbia)
  • Nature of Activity

    • Railways
    • Ports and Harbours
  • Assessment Status

  • Start Date

  • Proponent

    Canadian Pacific Railway
  • Authorities

    • Vancouver Fraser Port Authority
  • Assessment Type

    Project on federal lands
  • Reference Number


Nearby assessments

...within 200 kilometres
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