The Minister has made a declaration order to exempt modifications to the York Durham Sewage System (two new forcemains and alterations to the pumping station) from section 5 of the Act.
The Regional Municipality of York (York Region) identified an urgent need to do maintenance and repairs and create redundancy in its wastewater collection system servicing the Towns of Newmarket and Aurora. This would lower operational risk and protect the environment from spills due to pipe corrosion and sewage bypasses during severe wet weather events.
The modifications to the York Durham Sewage System formed part of the preferred alternative set out in the environmental assessment. The environmental assessment is intended to provide wastewater servicing for forecasted growth in the upper part of the Region to 2031.
York Region’s environmental assessment proposed:
- the construction and operation of a Water Reclamation Centre in East Gwillimbury within the Lake Simcoe watershed (40 million litres per day);
- a project-specific phosphorus offsetting program within the Lake Simcoe watershed; and,
- modifications to its existing York Durham Sewage System discharging to Lake Ontario.
The proposed modifications to the York Durham Sewage System include:
- A new five kilometre forcemain from the existing Newmarket Pumping Station to the existing gravity sewer that discharges to the Aurora Pumping Station (new Newmarket forcemain)
- A new forcemain from the existing Bogart Creek Pumping Station to the new Newmarket forcemain (new Bogart Creek forcemain)
- Modifications to the Newmarket Pumping Station and Bogart Creek Pumping Station to connect the new forcemains. (together the forcemain undertaking)
The declaration order is required so that York Region may proceed with the forcemain undertaking while the ministry continues consulting with the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation about the Water Reclamation Centre and phosphorus offset program proposed in the environmental assessment.
The Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry was appointed by the Premier of Ontario pursuant to section 16 of the Member’s Integrity Act, 1994 to make decisions on all matters pertaining to the environmental assessment under the Act. The Minister, with the approval of Cabinet, made the declaration order, with conditions, on March 7, 2018.