GIFL Project: Cultural Heritage Report
WSP was retained by the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation (GIFN) to conduct a Cultural Heritage Report: Existing Conditions and Preliminary Impact Assessment (Cultural Heritage Report) for the Georgina Island Fixed Link Project.
This report identified a Cultural Heritage Landscape (CHL 1: encompassing Lake Simcoe, including the marsh and shoreline) and a Built Heritage Resource (BHR 1: a residence located at 7577 Black River Road) within the project's study area. WSP recommended avoidance of these heritage resources. Where avoidance is not possible, mitigation measures will be developed in consultation with Georgina Island First Nation.
The Cultural Heritage Team is in the process of revising this report (as of November/December 2023) to include more elements significant to the First Nation. These updates will be incorporated into the Detailed Project Description once completed.
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.
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.
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.