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Doug Downey, Ontario Attorney General, December 11, 2023.

Ontario goes back to court over Impact Assessment Act

By Randy Thoms Dec 11, 2023 | 3:59 PM

Ontario continues to fight against the federal Impact Assessment Act.

The Supreme Court, in October, ruled the federal Act was unconstitutional in its use of the Ontario Science Centre relocation to the Toronto waterfront.

Because the feds are not accepting the ruling, the province is going back to court for a judicial review of the Act’s use on the Highway 413 project in southern Ontario.

“As Ontario continues to grow at unprecedented speed, we need to build the infrastructure required to keep pace with our historic growth. It has never been more important to build roads, bridges, highways and public transit to connect our communities and tackle gridlock. Now is the time for the federal government to work with provinces to move critical projects forward, including Highway 413, so we can continue to build a stronger and more connected Ontario,” says Attorney General Doug Downey.

Downey says they want to ensure the project is not being held unnecessarily.

He says the province is already committed to an Environmental Assessment, and the federal government should just, “get out of the way.”