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  1. Proposed Future Development of the EOWHF
  2. Process
  3. Consultation & Engagement
  4. Existing EOWHF EA Approval – Stages 3B and 4


1. Proposed Future Development of the EOWHF

GFL Environmental Inc., the owner and operator of the existing Eastern Ontario Waste Handling Facility (EOWHF) in Moose Creek, Ontario, has initiated an Environmental Assessment (EA) seeking approval for the future development of the EOWHF. The proposed future development will involve the construction of approximately 15.1 million cubic metres of additional landfill disposal capacity over a 20-year planning period.

GFL has determined that there is a sustainable business opportunity and long-term need for the EOWHF to continue providing disposal capacity. By developing the additional disposal capacity, GFL will be able to continue providing customers with economical waste diversion and green bin organic composting services into the future. The EOWHF is also a major employer and financial contributor to the local community, and the development of additional disposal capacity will allow GFL to maintain this type of economic support. No changes to the approved fill rates or site access routes are proposed.

The EOWHF is located within the Township of North Stormont, approximately five kilometres north-northwest of the village of Moose Creek, Ontario, and five kilometres east of the village of Casselman, Ontario. The proposed future development will be on land currently owned by GFL.

The purpose of the EA is to evaluate the potential effects of the proposed future development on the environment.

2. Process

The first step in the EA process is the preparation of a Terms of Reference, which sets out the proponent’s framework and work plan for addressing the Environmental Assessment Act requirements when preparing the EA. This will include such things as the alternatives that will be considered and the public consultation activities that will be carried out. If approved by the Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks, the Terms of Reference will provide the framework and requirements for the preparation of the EA. Details of the Terms of Reference preparation are provided below.

On January 14, 2021, the Terms of Reference was approved by the Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks. Please see below for details. GFL now intends to proceed with the second step of the process, the preparation of the EA. The EA will be carried out according to the approved Terms of Reference and the requirements of the Environmental Assessment Act. The EA will be submitted to the ministry for review. At that time, the public, Indigenous communities, and other interested persons will be informed of when and where the EA can be reviewed.

Notice of Commencement of Environmental Assessment – September 23, 2021

A Notice of Commencement of Environmental Assessment was published on September 23, 2021 and is available at the links below. The Notice advised that GFL is beginning an environmental assessment under the Environmental Assessment Act for the future development of the Eastern Ontario Waste Handling Facility (EOWHF) in Moose Creek, Ontario.

GFL will be hosting an in-person Public Open House on Thursday, October 7, 2021 at the Moose Creek Recreational Arena, 9 Munroe Street, Moose Creek, ON from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM to introduce the project, an overview of the EA process, the Alternatives to be considered, existing environmental conditions, the consultation process that will be followed during the development of the EA, and to obtain public input. COVID protocols will be followed at this outdoor event including masking, physical distancing, and pre-screening prior to entry. If further COVID restrictions are imposed by the provincial government, the consultation process will be moved online.

A copy of the materials presented at the Public Open House in English and French are available at the following links.

An open house summary report is being prepared, and will be posted here, which describes details of the event including a summary of the comments received. Please check back to review the report once it is available.

3. Consultation & Engagement

Members of the public, agencies, Indigenous communities and other interested persons are encouraged to actively participate in the planning process by attending consultation and engagement opportunities or contacting staff directly with comments or questions. Consultation and engagement opportunities are planned throughout the EA planning process and will be advertised in local newspapers, here on the project website, and by direct mail or email.

You are encouraged to participate in helping us identify issues, interests or ideas to be addressed in the EA. To learn more about the project and consultation and engagement opportunities, communicate questions or comments, or to be added to the project mailing list, please contact:

Mr. Greg van Loenen, Environmental Compliance Officer
GFL Environmental Inc.
17125 Laflèche Road, Moose Creek, Ontario K0C 1W0
Telephone: 613.538.2776 ext. 2223
Fax: 613.538.2779
Email: gvanloenen@gflenv.com

Terms of Reference – Approved January 14, 2021

Following review of the Terms of Reference by members of the public, agencies, Indigenous communities, and other interested persons, the Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks approved the Terms of Reference on January 14, 2021. A copy of the Minister’s letter and the Notice of Approval are available at the following links:

Terms of Reference Review – September 11 to October 10, 2020

As part of the EA process, a Terms of Reference (ToR) was submitted to the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) for review as required under the Environmental Assessment Act (EAA). Submitting the ToR is the first step in the EA process. The ToR provides the framework and requirements for the preparation of the EA for the proposed undertaking. The preparation of the EA represents the second step in the approvals process under the EAA.

The ToR was available for public review from September 11, 2020 through October 10, 2020, here on the Project website (see links below to download the documents) and at the following location:

Township of North Stormont Municipal Office
15 Union Street
Berwick, ON K0C 1G0

Members of the public, agencies, Indigenous communities, and other interested persons were encouraged to actively participate in reviewing and providing comments on the ToR. Written comments on the ToR were to be submitted by October 10, 2020 to the MECP Project Officer:

Mr. Adam Sanzo, Project Officer
Environmental Assessment Branch
Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks
135 St. Clair Ave. West, Toronto, Ontario M4V 1P5
Telephone: 437.244.9402
Email: adam.sanzo@ontario.ca

If you have difficulty obtaining a copy of the ToR from the project website, or if you require further information about the proposed undertaking, please inform GFL at:

Mr. Greg van Loenen, Environmental Compliance Officer
GFL Environmental Inc.
17125 Laflèche Road, Moose Creek, Ontario K0C 1W0
Telephone: 613.538.2776 ext. 2223
Fax: 613.538.2779
Email: gvanloenen@gflenv.com

A copy of the Notice of Submission of Terms of Reference, in English and French, is available at the following links:

A copy of the ToR and supporting documentation are available at the following links:

Draft Terms of Reference Review – June 12 to July 31, 2020

The Draft Terms of Reference (ToR) was available for review between June 12 and July 31, 2020. Members of the public, agencies, Indigenous communities, and other interested persons were encouraged to actively participate in reviewing and providing comments on the Draft ToR. It was requested that any questions or comments be provided to the study team using the contact information provided above by July 31, 2020. All comments received as part of this review were considered in the preparation of the proposed ToR submitted to the Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks for approval on September 11, 2020 (above).

A copy of the Notice of Review for the Draft ToR, in English and French, is available at the following links:

Project Update – May 2020

GFL appreciates the involvement of the public, agencies, and Indigenous communities in the EA, and the feedback provided which will allow us to address concerns and develop a better project. While the COVID-19 pandemic is limiting our ability to meet with you in person to discuss the project, we wanted to provide you with an update on our project and outline how we are responding to the comments received to-date. A letter has been sent to everyone on our project contact list to provide an update. A copy of the letter, in English and French, is available at the following links:

A range of comments have been received to-date and considered by GFL. Responses have been developed for each comment to outline how the issue will be considered in the EA process. The tabulated comments and responses are available for review at the link below.

We have heard your comments and concerns regarding odours from the EOWHF’s existing operations and have prepared a handout to outline the site enhancements that GFL has undertaken to address the issues, which is available in English and French at the links below. GFL will continue to proactively undertake measures to minimize the potential for odours from operations.

Through the EOWHF, GFL is a major contributor to Moose Creek, North Stormont, Casselman and the broader surrounding communities. We are committed to being a good neighbour, employer and supporter of local businesses and communities. A Community Benefits handout outlining how we are “Keeping It Local” is available in English and French at the links below. Our future development project will allow us to continue being an essential service and contributor to the region.

Public Open House #1 – January 30, 2020

GFL hosted Public Open House #1 on Thursday January 30, 2020 to introduce the project, and discuss the development and contents of the ToR, the EA process and the consultation process that will be followed during the during the development of the EA. Public Open House #1 was held at the Moose Creek Recreation Centre. A copy of the materials presented at the event in English and French are available at the following links.

An open house summary report was prepared which described details of the event including a summary of the comments received. A copy of the Public Open House #1 Summary Report is available at the following link.

Notice of Commencement of Terms of Reference – January 15, 2020

A copy of the Notice of Commencement of Terms of Reference and Public Open House, which is the initial step in the EA process, was published in English and French on January 15, 2020 and is available at the links below:

4. Existing EOWHF EA Approval – Stages 3B and 4

An Environmental Assessment (EA) was previously undertaken by GFL to provide additional landfill disposal capacity at the existing EOWHF landfill. The EA for Stages 3B and 4 of the existing EOWHF landfill was approved by the Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks and by Order in Council on March 7, 2019. The undertaking is to provide additional disposal capacity by developing the remaining Stage 3B and Stage 4 (Phase 2) of the existing landfill, within the boundaries of the EOWHF site. A copy of the Notice of Approval to Proceed with the Undertaking is available at the link below.

Condition 4 of the Notice of Approval requires that an environmental assessment compliance monitoring program be prepared for the project. A copy of the Compliance Monitoring Program and the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) acceptance are available at the links below.

Condition 6 of the Notice of Approval to Proceed with the Undertaking requires that a complaint protocol be prepared and implemented for the project. A copy of the Complaint Protocol is available at the link below.