Field Studies Overview

Why conduct field studies?

Field studies allow us to better understand current environmental, health, social and economic conditions. These provide points of reference that will help decision-makers understand how a project could change these conditions, and to prescribe specific protection if needed.

Each study occurs outdoors and may involve both direct observation and data collection. These studies are iterative and will continue for many years. They will help inform any future impact assessment and regulatory review processes.

Field Studies Overview

Where are we now?

We are in the pre-planning phase of the Impact Assessment, which will be followed by five more phases.

What field studies are being conducted?

In 2024, we plan to advance the following field studies:

Where are field studies taking place?

The 2024 field studies will take place along sections of existing railway routes in Ontario, from Twin Elm up to Ottawa and down to Vars, and in Québec near Laval to the 740 highway in Québec City.

Why are field studies happening now?

This large, complex project will require many environmental studies and each requires careful thought. Some studies require extensive data that can take years to collect, while others can only happen within specific seasonal windows. In 2024, field studies will focus on existing railway routes. Information gathered in these areas will be helpful as project plans continue to develop.

Overall, field studies are required to take place over several years to gain thorough knowledge of the environment and how it may change when building and operating the new railway.

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Indigenous knowledge

The participation of Indigenous peoples is essential to the success of the HFR project. The knowledge and guidance of Indigenous communities and organizations will be critical to informing project plans and development, including our field studies program. We are seeking and welcoming guidance from Indigenous communities and organizations to ensure any knowledge shared is treated with respect, and in accordance with community protocols. VIA HFR confirms that Indigenous knowledge will be incorporated and considered throughout the lifecycle of the HFR project.

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People representing the HFR Team, engaging with Indigenous Peoples to gather insights and input on the High Frequency Rail (HFR) Project as part of the Indigenous engagement process. Creating a chart of important issues, including Indigenous Knowledge. Illustration.

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