Canadian Pacific | Cascade Capacity Expansion

July 12, 2019

Project status

Permit under review

In June 2019, Canadian Pacific (CP) submitted a project permit application to expand the rail embankment on a portion of CP’s Cascade Subdivision in Burnaby and Port Moody, British Columbia on federal lands and waters managed by the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority.

As part of the Project and Environmental Review for the proposed project, consultation with stakeholder and Indigenous groups is required.

About the Project

CP is proposing to expand existing railway infrastructure to increase capacity along a section of their Cascade Subdivision from Port Moody to Burnaby, British Columbia. Growth in freight volumes into and out of port facilities on the south shore of the Burrard Inlet requires an increase in rail capacity on the west end of CP’s Cascade Subdivision. A section of third track will increase track capacity and will reduce potential delays to both freight and passenger train traffic through the area on the mainline tracks.

The proposed service track is to be 1,100 metres (3,600 feet) in length and situated on the north side of the existing mainline tracks. All rail infrastructure is to be located within the CP right-of-way with a portion of the rail embankment, grading works and shoreline protection within the port authority’s jurisdiction.

Construction activities proposed for the development of the new lead/service track include: site access/egress preparation; vegetation clearing; excavation and establishment of the toe of slope; placement of structural fill and riprap; site clean-up; site restoration, and demobilization. The toe of the expanded rail embankment and riprap is to extend up to 5 m beyond CP’s right-of-way at a number of locations within the project area.

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada has determined that a Section 35(2) Fisheries Act Authorization is required. CP has developed a habitat-offsetting plan that includes the creation of beach spawning habitat, the creation of nearshore (subtidal) reef habitat and riparian vegetation planting at two locations within the Port Authority’s jurisdiction. The two locations for the proposed habitat offsetting are east of Barnet Marine Park in Burnaby;

and west of New Brighton Park in Vancouver.

Project activities and components include:

Infill and Rail Embankment Construction

  • Site mobilization including establishment of temporary access pads, routes or rail crossings;
  • Clearance of vegetation as required;
  • Excavation of the toe of the slope and disposal of material;
  • Installation of geotextile and riprap toe material;
  • Installation of approximately 22,800 m3 of fill material below the high water mark, including structural fill and riprap; and
  • Site clean-up, restoration and demobilization.

Habitat Offsetting

  • Vegetation planting along the exposed face of the constructed rail embankment;
  • Creation of beach spawning habitat including the placement of sand or gravel on the near shore; and
  • Creation of subtidal reefs including the placement of rock/riprap on the near shore.

At present, a marine-based option has been identified as potential access and egress point to the Project site for the inbound and outbound movement of construction materials and equipment. This includes a temporary unloading pad at the west side of the Project area, accessing the work site and delivering/removing materials by marine barge. CP continues to work with adjacent leaseholders to identify other potential access and egress opportunities.

If approved, construction is anticipated to take approximately nine months to complete and will be conducted during the port authority’s regular hours of construction between Monday and Saturday from 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.

Resources

June 2019 – Project Permit Application: CP Cascade Capacity Expansion [PDF]
June 2019 – Project Permit Application Table of Concordance and Project Description: CP Cascade Capacity Expansion [PDF]
June 2019 – Project Permit Application Appendix A, PER Application Form: CP Cascade Capacity Expansion [PDF]
June 2019 – Project Permit Application Appendix B, Combined Drawing Package: CP Cascade Capacity Expansion [PDF]
June 2019 – Project Permit Application Appendix C, Geotechnical Report: CP Cascade Capacity Expansion [PDF]
August 2019 – Project Permit Application Appendix D, Archaeological Chance Find Procedure: CP Cascade Capacity Expansion [PDF]
June 2019 – Project Permit Application Appendix E, Construction Environmental Management Plan: CP Cascade Capacity Expansion [PDF]
(updated October 9, 2019)
June 2019 – Project Permit Appendix F, Integrated Contingency Plan: CP Cascade Capacity Expansion [PDF]
June 2019 – Project Permit Application Appendix G, Biophysical Survey and Habitat Assessment (Part 1): CP Cascade Capacity Expansion [PDF]
June 2019 – Project Permit Application Appendix G, Biophysical Survey and Habitat Assessment (Part 2): CP Cascade Capacity Expansion [PDF]
June 2019 – Project Permit Application Appendix H, Noise Assessment: CP Cascade Capacity Expansion [PDF]
June 2019 – Project Permit Application Appendix I, Consultation Materials: CP Cascade Capacity Expansion [PDF]
(Received as part of application submission package)
June 2019 – Project Permit Application Appendix J, DFO Request and Letter of Determination: CP Cascade Capacity Expansion [PDF]
June 2019 – Project Permit Application Appendix K, DFO Authorization Application Supplementary Filing Package: CP Cascade Capacity Expansion [PDF]
June 2019 –  Project Permit Application Appendix K, DFO Authorization Application (Part 1): CP Cascade Capacity Expansion [PDF]
June 2019 – Project Permit Application Appendix K, DFO Authorization Application (Part 2): CP Cascade Capacity Expansion [PDF]
June 2019 – Project Permit Application Appendix L, TC Notice of Works (Part 1): CP Cascade Capacity Expansion [PDF]
June 2019 – Project Permit Application Appendix L, TC Notice of Works (Part 2): CP Cascade Capacity Expansion [PDF]
June 2019 – Project Permit Application Appendix L, TC Notice of Works (Part 3): CP Cascade Capacity Expansion [PDF]
November 2019 – Project Permit Application Environmental Monitoring Plan: CP Cascade Capacity Expansion[PDF]
November 2019 – Project Permit Application Extended Work Hours Request: CP Cascade Capacity Expansion [PDF]
November 2019 – Project Permit Application Vegetation Relocation Memo: CP Cascade Capacity Expansion [PDF]
November 2019 – Project Permit Application Indigenous Consultation Report: CP Cascade Capacity Expansion [PDF]
(Received as part of application submission package)

Contact information

For more information about Canadian Pacific’s project, please contact Joe Van Humbeck by email or phone at 403.319.6530.

For questions regarding the Project and Environmental Review of the proposed project, please contact Regan Elley, Planner, by email or phone at 604.665.9594.