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Ontario Bulk Transmission Land Access(3-ON)

In Ontario, a developer may need an Easement from the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry if the project is located in or over any public lands. In Ontario, a bulk transmission developer may need an Encroachment Permit and/or a Building and Land Use Permit from the Ontario Ministry of Transportation for any project located along or near a provincial highway. In Ontario, a developer may need a Provincial Highway Encroachment Permit from the Ontario Ministry of Transportation Highway Corridor Management Office (HCM) if the project will “obstruct, cause material to be deposited upon, enter upon, take up, bridge over, tunnel under or in any way interfere with the land within the limits of a highway or the roadway or any structure forming a part of the highway.” Ontario Ministry of Transportation – Encroachment Permit Webpage.

In Ontario, a developer may need a Provincial Highway Building and Land Use Permit from the Ontario Ministry of Transportation Highway Corridor Management Office (HCM) if the project involves constructing a commercial structure close or adjacent to a provincial highway. R.S.O. 1990, c. P.50, s. 31(1)(b); Ontario Ministry of Transportation – Building and Land Use Permit Webpage. A power and/or transmission line is considered a “commercial structure.” Ontario Ministry of Transportation – Building and Land Use Policy Manual.

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