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Great Sandhills Railway Switching Operation at North West Terminal Project

Great Sandhills Railway Ltd. is proposing to expand the existing North West Terminal, a grain handling facility located one kilometre east of Unity, Saskatchewan and serviced by the Canadian National Railway (CN) and the Canadian Pacific Railway (CP). As proposed, the Great Sandhills Railway Switching Operation at North West Terminal Project would include three loop tracks, two shop tracks, a wye track, and a repair shop. The new tracks would reduce congestion on the mainline by allowing CN and CP to enter and depart the yard on alternative tracks. The new tracks would also allow for the interchange of over 175 train cars at a time, increase capacity on the Edmonton corridor, and create a space for the mechanical inspection or repurposing of trains and rail cars.


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Latest update

October 22, 2020 — The public comment period on the summary of the initial project description is closed. The Impact Assessment Agency of Canada is currently reviewing all comments received to prepare the summary of issues. The Agency will post the summary of issues at a later date.

October 1, 2020 — The Impact Assessment Agency of Canada is making funding available to assist the participation of the public and Indigenous groups in the federal impact assessment for this project. Applications received by October 29, 2020, will be considered.

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Key documents

Key documents
Document Number Document Title File Date
2 Summary of an Initial Project Description of a Designated Project PDF (5.3 MB) September 10, 2020
1 Initial Project Description PDF (10.4 MB) September 10, 2020

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Contacts

Impact Assessment Agency of Canada
9700 Jasper Avenue, Suite 1145
Edmonton, AB T5J 4C3
Telephone: 780-495-2037
Email: IAAC.NorthWest.AEIC@canada.ca


  • Location

    • 1 kilometre east of Unity (Saskatchewan)
  • Project Type

    • Railways
  • Status

    In progress
  • Start Date

    2020-09-21
  • Proponent

    Great Sandhills Railway Ltd.
  • Authorities

    • Impact Assessment Agency of Canada
  • Assessment Type

    Planning Phase for Impact Assessment
  • Reference Number

    80998

Nearby projects

..within 200 kilometres
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