June 18, 2021 Lac-Mégantic, Quebec Transport Canada
The Government of Canada is committed to supporting the people of Lac-Mégantic and the surrounding area, and to keeping them informed of developments regarding the Lac-Mégantic rail bypass.
On June 17, Transport Canada upheld its commitment to meeting with the citizens affected by the project by holding a virtual information session with the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport, Soraya Martinez Ferrada. A few days earlier, Transport Canada and the Parliamentary Secretary also met with the mayors of Nantes, Lac-Mégantic and Frontenac, to inform them of the bypass’ final profile and of the efforts made in recent months by Transport Canada and Canadian Pacific Railway to move forward on the project while minimizing the impact on neighbouring communities.
During the information session for property owners, Transport Canada presented the most recent developments regarding the final right-of-way plan, including the layout of yard tracks in the Lac-Mégantic industrial park—an arrangement that addresses the concerns of the population and eliminates rail yard operations in Nantes and Frontenac.
Furthermore, the Government of Canada presented the next steps of the land acquisition process, which will begin by sending purchase offers to the owners. It also reiterated its commitment to providing property owners with fair and equitable value for their land, including additional compensation. The landowners were informed of the studies coming up during the summer, as well, with the beginning of the plans and specifications phase.