Field Studies

As part of our commitment to the environment, we are moving forward with another phase of our preliminary field studies. This builds on limited field work (e.g., fish habitat assessments, acoustic monitoring, vegetation assessments) that was conducted in the Smiths Falls-Ottawa-Montréal corridor in 2020 and 2022.

We will launch approximately 20 studies along VIA Rail’s rail right-of-way between Smiths Falls-Ottawa-Montréal and between Montréal and Québec City. These studies will help us better understand the conditions of the environment in these areas. Environmental studies will continue until 2025.

Indigenous Knowledge is key to the planning and design of HFR. The collection and use of Indigenous Knowledge is sensitive and will be guided by the Indigenous communities who participate. We will also strive to work with Indigenous Peoples to better understand any Aboriginal and Treaty Rights and interests as they relate to the development of HFR.

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Principles for Engagement of Indigenous Peoples

The HFR Team is committed to meaningful dialogue and consultation founded on the key principles of fairness and transparency. We will include Indigenous Peoples at every step in the project in an open and flexible way.

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Indigenous Peoples Participation Funding

Your voice matters. Transport Canada is making grant funding available through the Community Participation Funding Program — High Frequency Rail.

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