Learn more about recent developments, studies, and news surrounding GIFL

January 22, 2024

GIFL Project: Terrestrial Existing Conditions Report

The ecological studies aim to understand and minimize impact on terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems in the project area, involving extensive surveys of wildlife, vegetation, and habitats, and integrating these findings into the project's design and mitigation strategies.

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January 4, 2024

Upcoming GIFL Technical Town Hall – Event Details

In advance of the Georgina Island Fixed Link Detailed Project Description submission to the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada (IAAC), the GIFL Secretariat is hosting a Technical Town Hall.

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December 21, 2023

GIFL Project: Aquatic Ecology

The ecological studies aim to thoroughly understand and preserve terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems in the project area, guiding design and mitigation efforts to minimize environmental impacts.

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December 13, 2023

GIFL Project: Geophysical Surveys

Comprehensive geophysical surveys for the GIFL project, including bathymetric, magnetometer, and seismic testing, will provide data for the foundational design of the proposed bridge.

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November 29, 2023

GIFL Project: Cultural Heritage Report

WSP's Cultural Heritage Report for the Georgina Island Fixed Link Project identifies key heritage sites and plans mitigation measures, with ongoing updates to include more First Nation elements.

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November 16, 2023

Fixed link is ‘the promise of a better future’ for Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation

Community adhering to Impact Assessment Agency of Canada process to assess potential impacts on Lake Simcoe: Chief Donna Big Canoe

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November 15, 2023

GIFL Project: Preliminary Assessment of Geotechnical Conditions

A desktop study was carried out to collect information on ground conditions in the project area from previous geotechnical investigations and geological maps/reports.

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November 15, 2023

GIFL Project: Preliminary Traffic Impact Study

WSP's Draft Traffic Impact Study provides recommendations for intersection control, lane configurations, and turn-lane storage lengths at key intersections, and provides valuable input for the conceptual design of the Fixed Link project.

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November 14, 2023

GIFL Project: Air Quality Impact Assessment

WSP completed a qualitative assessment of the air quality impacts of three route options for the GIFL Project. The assessment focussed on the expected impacts of each route option on sensitive receptors within the Project Study Area (within 500 m of the GIFL route). The assessment determined that Option 2 (the new route alignment) would likely have the least impact on sensitive receptors within the Project Study Area and was carried through as the GIFL Preferred Option. This option was further analyzed in a detailed Air Quality Impact Assessment (AQIA).

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November 14, 2023

GIFL Project: Noise Impact Assessment

WSP completed a Noise Impact Assessment for the Georgina Island Fixed Link, examining noise effects during construction and operation against Health Canada and Ontario guidelines.

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November 13, 2023

GIFL Project: Archaeological Assessments

WSP has completed two archaeological reports to date: The Stage 1 Terrestrial Archaeological Assessment and the Marine Desktop Archaeological Assessment. These reports provide the community with background information about the geography, history, previous archaeological investigations, and current conditions within the terrestrial and marine environments of the Georgina Island Fixed Link Project (the Project) study area.

Learn More
November 9, 2023

Georgina Island First Nation Initiates Seven Generations Financial Review with BDO Canada for Fixed Link Project

Georgina Island First Nation (GIFN) has selected BDO Canada LLP, a leading national accounting and advisory firm, to conduct a comprehensive financial evaluation for the Georgina Island Fixed Link project.

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October 24, 2023

Georgina Island First Nation's Journey to the Framework Agreement on First Nations Land Management

Located on Lake Simcoe's Southern Shores, Georgina Island First Nation (GIFN) lands were once subject to the Indian Act. This meant the Canadian federal government controlled how the First Nation’s land was managed, from leasing lands to collecting rents. Issues arose when cottagers on Snake Island used inadequate septic systems, letting waste flow into Lake Simcoe, the community’s main drinking water source. The Indian Act restricted GIFN from taking any action to address these challenges.

Learn More
October 23, 2023

The Indian Act and the First Nations Land Management Act

Before European settlers arrived, Indigenous communities in Canada had distinct land governance systems. With Canada's formation, the dynamics changed, most notably with the Indian Act of 1876. The Act aimed at integrating Indigenous communities into Euro-Canadian society, granting the federal government control over Indigenous governance, land, and culture.

Learn More
October 19, 2023

Important Updates Regarding the IAAC Detailed Project Description Submission

Following the recent Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation Annual General Meeting, here are some important updates related to the Detailed Project Description (DPD) submission for the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada (IAAC)..

Learn More
October 16, 2023

Hydrogeological Assessment for the Georgina Island Fixed Link Project

For the ongoing Georgina Island Fixed Link Project, Cambium Indigenous Professional Services (CIPS) and WSP Canada Inc. will undertake a hydrogeological evaluation to facilitate project development. A primary component of this assessment will be a door-to-door well survey of nearby residences and businesses.

Learn More
October 12, 2023

Georgina Island First Nation Fixed Link Secretariat Update to Town of Georgina Council

Michael Jacobs of Cambium Indigenous Professional Services provides an update to Town of Georgina Council regarding the Fixed Link Project to Georgina Island First Nation

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October 11, 2023

Proper funding of Indigenous infrastructure is a path to healing, justice and equity

Op-Ed: Closing the infrastructure gap is about rectifying the historical injustices that have left Indigenous communities at a severe disadvantage.

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September 30, 2023

Reconciling the Impacts of the Trent Severn Waterway

The creation of the Trent Severn Waterway marked a critical moment in the history of Georgina Island First Nation (GIFN). This complex waterway system, comprising locks, canals, and water passages linking Lake Ontario to Georgian Bay, brought substantial changes in water levels, ecosystems, and the way of life for Indigenous communities like GIFN.

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September 18, 2023

The Impact Assessment Agency of Canada Process: A Quick Overview

The Impact Assessment Agency of Canada plays a crucial role in ensuring that proposed projects are thoroughly examined before moving forward.

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July 24, 2023

Chief Big Canoe Defends Fixed Link as Shoreline Property Owners Raise Concerns

In a recent interview with the Georgina Post, Chief Donna Big Canoe of the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation (GIFN) shed light on the pressing need for a fixed link between Georgina Island and the mainland.

Learn More
June 23, 2023

Recap: GIFN Fixed Link Project Public Engagement Session

A Public Engagement Session was conducted for the Georgina Island Fixed Link project on June 23, 2023. The session provided an overall project update to the community and invited feedback from approximately 55 attendees.

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June 23, 2023

Recap: Georgina Island Fixed Link Project Lake Simcoe Stakeholders Engagement Session

During the June 23, 2023, Georgina Island Fixed Link Project Lake Simcoe Stakeholders’ Information Session, the main objective was to offer an update on the initial pre-feasibility planning for the Fixed Link initiative and establish connections with Lake Simcoe Stakeholder Organizations. The session covered a comprehensive overview of the project's history and the technical studies conducted thus far. These studies included geological assessments, geophysical analysis, traffic studies, pre-feasibility studies, and infrastructure requirements. Experts from WSP specializing in bridge and tunnel engineering shared their insights regarding the technical details of the project.

Learn More
May 4, 2022

GIFL Environmental Principles: Honouring Tradition and the Environment

The Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation (GIFN) have embarked on a transformative journey that honours their heritage, respects the environment, and seeks to create a sustainable link between their community and the mainland. This endeavour, known as the Georgina Island Fixed Link Project, is guided by a set of environmental principles deeply rooted in tradition and respect for the natural world. These principles serve as a guiding light for the project's development, ensuring that the Chippewas of GIFN uphold their responsibility as stewards of Mother Earth.

Learn More
May 3, 2022

Health Impact Assessment of Transportation Options to and from Georgina Island

Intrinsik Corp. (Intrinsik) was retained by the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nationto conduct a Health Impact Assessment (HIA) on available transportation options to and from Georgina Island (the Island). The HIA executive summary identifies the Fixed Link as the most viable solution to satisfy health related issues pertaining to Island transportation.

Learn More
May 2, 2022

GIFL Initial Project Description

The Initial Project Description (IPD) outlines the comprehensive studies, findings, and engagement activities conducted as part of the planning process for the Project. The purpose of the IPD is to document the progress made so far and present the proposed alternatives, benefits, and potential impacts of the fixed link project.

Learn More
October 5, 2021

Zoom Information Session: Introduction to Georgina Island Fixed Link Project

This 1-hour Zoom based presentation, completed in 2021 was an initial presentation for the Fixed Link Project

Learn More
January 22, 2024

GIFL Project: Terrestrial Existing Conditions Report

The ecological studies aim to understand and minimize impact on terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems in the project area, involving extensive surveys of wildlife, vegetation, and habitats, and integrating these findings into the project's design and mitigation strategies.

Learn More
December 21, 2023

GIFL Project: Aquatic Ecology

The ecological studies aim to thoroughly understand and preserve terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems in the project area, guiding design and mitigation efforts to minimize environmental impacts.

Learn More
December 13, 2023

GIFL Project: Geophysical Surveys

Comprehensive geophysical surveys for the GIFL project, including bathymetric, magnetometer, and seismic testing, will provide data for the foundational design of the proposed bridge.

Learn More
November 29, 2023

GIFL Project: Cultural Heritage Report

WSP's Cultural Heritage Report for the Georgina Island Fixed Link Project identifies key heritage sites and plans mitigation measures, with ongoing updates to include more First Nation elements.

Learn More
November 15, 2023

GIFL Project: Preliminary Assessment of Geotechnical Conditions

A desktop study was carried out to collect information on ground conditions in the project area from previous geotechnical investigations and geological maps/reports.

Learn More
November 15, 2023

GIFL Project: Preliminary Traffic Impact Study

WSP's Draft Traffic Impact Study provides recommendations for intersection control, lane configurations, and turn-lane storage lengths at key intersections, and provides valuable input for the conceptual design of the Fixed Link project.

Learn More
November 14, 2023

GIFL Project: Air Quality Impact Assessment

WSP completed a qualitative assessment of the air quality impacts of three route options for the GIFL Project. The assessment focussed on the expected impacts of each route option on sensitive receptors within the Project Study Area (within 500 m of the GIFL route). The assessment determined that Option 2 (the new route alignment) would likely have the least impact on sensitive receptors within the Project Study Area and was carried through as the GIFL Preferred Option. This option was further analyzed in a detailed Air Quality Impact Assessment (AQIA).

Learn More
November 14, 2023

GIFL Project: Noise Impact Assessment

WSP completed a Noise Impact Assessment for the Georgina Island Fixed Link, examining noise effects during construction and operation against Health Canada and Ontario guidelines.

Learn More
November 13, 2023

GIFL Project: Archaeological Assessments

WSP has completed two archaeological reports to date: The Stage 1 Terrestrial Archaeological Assessment and the Marine Desktop Archaeological Assessment. These reports provide the community with background information about the geography, history, previous archaeological investigations, and current conditions within the terrestrial and marine environments of the Georgina Island Fixed Link Project (the Project) study area.

Learn More
October 19, 2023

Important Updates Regarding the IAAC Detailed Project Description Submission

Following the recent Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation Annual General Meeting, here are some important updates related to the Detailed Project Description (DPD) submission for the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada (IAAC)..

Learn More
October 16, 2023

Hydrogeological Assessment for the Georgina Island Fixed Link Project

For the ongoing Georgina Island Fixed Link Project, Cambium Indigenous Professional Services (CIPS) and WSP Canada Inc. will undertake a hydrogeological evaluation to facilitate project development. A primary component of this assessment will be a door-to-door well survey of nearby residences and businesses.

Learn More
May 4, 2022

GIFL Environmental Principles: Honouring Tradition and the Environment

The Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation (GIFN) have embarked on a transformative journey that honours their heritage, respects the environment, and seeks to create a sustainable link between their community and the mainland. This endeavour, known as the Georgina Island Fixed Link Project, is guided by a set of environmental principles deeply rooted in tradition and respect for the natural world. These principles serve as a guiding light for the project's development, ensuring that the Chippewas of GIFN uphold their responsibility as stewards of Mother Earth.

Learn More
May 3, 2022

Health Impact Assessment of Transportation Options to and from Georgina Island

Intrinsik Corp. (Intrinsik) was retained by the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nationto conduct a Health Impact Assessment (HIA) on available transportation options to and from Georgina Island (the Island). The HIA executive summary identifies the Fixed Link as the most viable solution to satisfy health related issues pertaining to Island transportation.

Learn More
May 2, 2022

GIFL Initial Project Description

The Initial Project Description (IPD) outlines the comprehensive studies, findings, and engagement activities conducted as part of the planning process for the Project. The purpose of the IPD is to document the progress made so far and present the proposed alternatives, benefits, and potential impacts of the fixed link project.

Learn More
October 24, 2023

Georgina Island First Nation's Journey to the Framework Agreement on First Nations Land Management

Located on Lake Simcoe's Southern Shores, Georgina Island First Nation (GIFN) lands were once subject to the Indian Act. This meant the Canadian federal government controlled how the First Nation’s land was managed, from leasing lands to collecting rents. Issues arose when cottagers on Snake Island used inadequate septic systems, letting waste flow into Lake Simcoe, the community’s main drinking water source. The Indian Act restricted GIFN from taking any action to address these challenges.

Learn More
October 23, 2023

The Indian Act and the First Nations Land Management Act

Before European settlers arrived, Indigenous communities in Canada had distinct land governance systems. With Canada's formation, the dynamics changed, most notably with the Indian Act of 1876. The Act aimed at integrating Indigenous communities into Euro-Canadian society, granting the federal government control over Indigenous governance, land, and culture.

Learn More
September 30, 2023

Reconciling the Impacts of the Trent Severn Waterway

The creation of the Trent Severn Waterway marked a critical moment in the history of Georgina Island First Nation (GIFN). This complex waterway system, comprising locks, canals, and water passages linking Lake Ontario to Georgian Bay, brought substantial changes in water levels, ecosystems, and the way of life for Indigenous communities like GIFN.

Learn More
September 18, 2023

The Impact Assessment Agency of Canada Process: A Quick Overview

The Impact Assessment Agency of Canada plays a crucial role in ensuring that proposed projects are thoroughly examined before moving forward.

Learn More
November 16, 2023

Fixed link is ‘the promise of a better future’ for Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation

Community adhering to Impact Assessment Agency of Canada process to assess potential impacts on Lake Simcoe: Chief Donna Big Canoe

Learn More
November 9, 2023

Georgina Island First Nation Initiates Seven Generations Financial Review with BDO Canada for Fixed Link Project

Georgina Island First Nation (GIFN) has selected BDO Canada LLP, a leading national accounting and advisory firm, to conduct a comprehensive financial evaluation for the Georgina Island Fixed Link project.

Learn More
October 11, 2023

Proper funding of Indigenous infrastructure is a path to healing, justice and equity

Op-Ed: Closing the infrastructure gap is about rectifying the historical injustices that have left Indigenous communities at a severe disadvantage.

Learn More
July 24, 2023

Chief Big Canoe Defends Fixed Link as Shoreline Property Owners Raise Concerns

In a recent interview with the Georgina Post, Chief Donna Big Canoe of the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation (GIFN) shed light on the pressing need for a fixed link between Georgina Island and the mainland.

Learn More
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January 4, 2024

Upcoming GIFL Technical Town Hall – Event Details

In advance of the Georgina Island Fixed Link Detailed Project Description submission to the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada (IAAC), the GIFL Secretariat is hosting a Technical Town Hall.

Learn More
October 12, 2023

Georgina Island First Nation Fixed Link Secretariat Update to Town of Georgina Council

Michael Jacobs of Cambium Indigenous Professional Services provides an update to Town of Georgina Council regarding the Fixed Link Project to Georgina Island First Nation

Learn More
June 23, 2023

Recap: GIFN Fixed Link Project Public Engagement Session

A Public Engagement Session was conducted for the Georgina Island Fixed Link project on June 23, 2023. The session provided an overall project update to the community and invited feedback from approximately 55 attendees.

Learn More
June 23, 2023

Recap: Georgina Island Fixed Link Project Lake Simcoe Stakeholders Engagement Session

During the June 23, 2023, Georgina Island Fixed Link Project Lake Simcoe Stakeholders’ Information Session, the main objective was to offer an update on the initial pre-feasibility planning for the Fixed Link initiative and establish connections with Lake Simcoe Stakeholder Organizations. The session covered a comprehensive overview of the project's history and the technical studies conducted thus far. These studies included geological assessments, geophysical analysis, traffic studies, pre-feasibility studies, and infrastructure requirements. Experts from WSP specializing in bridge and tunnel engineering shared their insights regarding the technical details of the project.

Learn More
October 5, 2021

Zoom Information Session: Introduction to Georgina Island Fixed Link Project

This 1-hour Zoom based presentation, completed in 2021 was an initial presentation for the Fixed Link Project

Learn More