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Archaeology – Heritage Road Layover - Draft Environmental Project Report

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Study Highlights

map view displaying Location of previous archaeological studies within the Study Area for the Heritage Road Layover

Location of previous archaeological studies within the Study Area for the Heritage Road Layover

The Stage 1 Archaeological Assessment report summarized existing archaeological information and recommended a Stage 3 Archeological Assessment to be completed on a portion of the Project Site by licensed professional archaeologists in spring or summer 2022.

  • Engagement with Indigenous Nations required during Stage 3 Archaeological Assessment

Potential Effects, Mitigation and Monitoring Measures

Potential Effect 1: Potential for the disturbance of unassessed or documented archaeological resources.

Proposed Mitigation Measures

  • Completion of Stage 3 Archaeological Assessment
  • If archaeological materials are encountered or suspected of being encountered during construction, all work will cease. The location of the findspot will be protected from impact an assessment is completed by a professionally licensed archaeologist.
  • If final limits of the Project footprint are altered and fall outside of the assessed study area, additional Archaeological Assessments (ie. Stage 2, 3, 4 as required) will be conducted by a professionally licensed archaeologist prior to disturbance and prior to construction activities.
  • If human remains are encountered or suspected of being encountered during project work, all activities will cease immediately. The local police/coroner as well as the Bereavement Authority of Ontario on behalf of the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services will  be contacted.
  • All Archaeological Assessment findings will be shared with Indigenous Nations, as per Metrolinx procedures.

Proposed Monitoring Measures

  • Performance of the work will occur within land previously subject to an Archaeological Assessment.
  • Any site personnel responsible for carrying out or overseeing land-disturbing activities will be informed of their responsibilities in the event that an archaeological resource is encountered.
  • Further Archaeological Assessment may identify the need for monitoring during construction.

Review the full Draft Stage 1 Archaeological Assessment Report.

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