Northwest Brantford Municipal Services Expansion

The Study

The City of Brantford has initiated a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (MCEA) for the Municipal Services Expansion in northwest Brantford. It is to provide and improve municipal service infrastructure to the Designated Greenfield Area development, according to the policy and principles in the Official Plan. The need for expanding the municipal systems was identified in the City’s 2020 Master Servicing Plan (MSP) Update 2051 Amendment and the Transportation Master Plan (TMP) 2051 Update. It is required to meet planned growth, including the areas within the City’s new settlement area. 

This study will evaluate various alternatives for the service infrastructures, which include trunk watermain and trunk sewer extensions, road widenings, and stormwater management in and adjacent to the study area.

The Process

The study will be conducted in accordance with Schedule B and Schedule C project requirements of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (October 2000, as amended in 2007, 2011, 2015 and 2023), which is approved under the Ontario Environmental Assessment Act.

The MCEA process includes public and agency consultations, the evaluation of alternatives, assessment of potential environmental effects of the proposed works and identification of reasonable measures to mitigate any potential adverse impacts.

Study Area 

Northwest Brantford Municipal Services Expansion Study Area Map

Notice of Study Commencement

The Notice of Study Commencement for this project was first published on April  13, 2023.

Notice of Study PIC

The first Notice of Study PIC for this projected was first published on January 4, 2024.

Public Meeting on January 18, 2024 

A Public Information Centre (PIC) is scheduled to take place on:

January 18, 2024 at 5:00 p.m. with a presentation at 5:15 p.m.
Walter Gretzky Municipal Golf Course and Learning Centre
320 Balmoral Drive, Brantford, Ontario N3R 7S2

The PIC Presentation and Common Project Questions and Answers are available to review ahead of this meeting.  

Please send any questions you may have to the project team at ahead of the meeting to ensure they are addressed at the PIC.

Frequently ask questions

Find answers to common questions about this project below:

What is this Study about?

The City of Brantford (the City) has long-term growth plans which have identified critical municipal infrastructure required to service the City’s Northwest Expansion lands, as outlined in the Master Servicing Plan (MSP), and the Transportation Master Plan (TMP). This critical infrastructure corridor will connect the City’s existing water, wastewater, stormwater, and transportation infrastructure to the City’s Northwest Expansion Lands north of Highway 403.

The City requires Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (MCEA) Studies to identify and confirm alternative solutions to expand the municipal services to the Study Area.

What is the Study scope?

The undertaking includes four Schedule B projects and two Schedule C projects, including:

  • Oak Park Road Trunk Watermain (MSP Project W-M-002) – Schedule B
  • Powerline Road Trunk Watermain (MSP Project W-M-003) – Schedule B
  • Oak Park Road Trunk Sewer (MSP Project WW-SS-001) – Schedule B
  • Stormwater Management in Grand River Northwest Catchment (MSP Project SW-LI-010) – Schedule B
  • Oak Park Road Widening (TMP Project Number 2) – Schedule C
  • Powerline Road Widening (TMP Project Number 7A) – Schedule C

What is the process for this Study?

The MCEA process requires the following 5 phases:

  • Phase 1: Define the problem / opportunity statement
  • Phase 2: Identify and assess servicing alternatives
  • Phase 3: Develop alternative design concepts for preferred solution
  • Phase 4: Environmental Study Report
  • Phase 5: Implementation

The scope of work for this project involves satisfying Phases 1 and 2 for Schedule B projects and Phases 1 to 4 for Schedule C projects. Due to the overlapping nature of the six major projects and their combined need to satisfy an optimized servicing strategy, the projects are being completed simultaneously.

How can I participate in this Study?

We expect that this Study will take approximately two years to complete. Public feedback is encouraged for the planning and design of this project. There will be two Public Information Centre (PIC) meetings planned through the course of this Study. The public is invited to participate and specific meeting information will be shared once it becomes available.

We encourage you to participate in this process and learn more about the Northwest Municipal Services Expansion Environmental Assessments study through this dedicated project page.

Comments and concerns can be shared with the project team at any time during the study process:

Guangli Zhang, P. Eng.
Senior Project Manager
City of Brantford
519-759-4150 Ext. 5705
Julien Bell, P.Eng.
Consulting Team Project Manager
GM BluePlan Engineering Limited
905-643-6688 Ext. 4264


How to Get Involved

Public comments will be taken into consideration throughout the decision-making process. The City will host Public Information Centres (PICs) at various phases of the MCEA. Notices for the study, including the PIC notifications will be posted on this project page.

Upon completion of the study, an Environmental Study Report will be prepared and posted for public review and comment. 

If you have any questions or comments regarding this study, or wish to be added to the study mailing list, please contact the project team representative below:

Guangli Zhang, P. Eng.
Senior Project Manager
City of Brantford
519-759-4150 Ext. 5705
Julien Bell, P.Eng.
Consulting Team Project Manager
GM BluePlan Engineering Limited
1266 South Service Rd, Unit C3-1
Stoney Creek, Ontario, L8E 5R9
905-643-6688 Ext. 4264

Please note that information will be collected in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. With the exception of personal information, all comments will become part of the public consultation record.