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Imperial’s Sarnia Products Pipeline

Imperial’s Sarnia Products Pipeline is important infrastructure that provides products used by households and businesses across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. This includes a significant portion of jet fuel for Toronto Pearson International Airport, as well as gasoline and diesel fuel that keeps people, goods and services moving throughout our region.

Operating safely in the region for many years, Imperial is planning to replace approximately 63-kilometres of the line with new pipe.

Waterdown to Finch Project location

The Waterdown to Finch Project runs from Imperial’s Waterdown pump station in rural Hamilton to the company’s terminal storage facility in Toronto’s North York area.

Work timeline*

Environmental and cultural assessments will start in the spring of 2018. Subject to provincial regulatory reviews and receiving all permits, Imperial expects to start construction in 2019. The existing pipeline will continue to operate reliably until the Waterdown to Finch Project is complete.

*Timeline is subject to regulatory and permit approvals.

Land, regulatory and permitting approvals

Imperial will respect all landowners’ property and will seek to minimize disruptions. Most replacement work will take place in close vicinity to the pipeline.  Before work begins, Imperial will engage with landowners regarding access to our easements on their property.

Imperial will also seek approval for a Leave to Construct from the Ontario Energy Board. This includes a thorough assessment of the Project’s environmental effects and engagement with landowners, communities and Indigenous groups.

A list of regulatory and permitting bodies is included below and in the Waterdown to Finch Project brochure.

Minimizing construction impacts

Imperial builds safety and integrity into its pipelines from the outset of construction. Our pipeline projects have rigorous material, design and construction standards that comply with all applicable government and industry standards. Imperial is working closely with independent pipeline regulators and different levels of government to limit disturbance due to construction. To learn more about the construction techniques used in the Waterdown to Finch Project, such as open-cut construction and horizontal directional drilling (HDD) watch our video below.

While working to deliver the fuels and energy Canadians rely on every day, we aim to minimize our impact on the environment, local communities and Indigenous groups by routing pipelines around sensitive areas and adopting construction practices that decrease disruptions. This includes safely deactivating the current pipeline, which will cause the least disturbance to the local environment and minimize our construction footprint. To learn about the pipeline deactivation process, watch our video below.

Further detail about the construction methods and our approach to protecting the environment can be found in the Waterdown to Finch Project brochure or in our information session poster boards.

Focused on safety

Imperial’s safety performance is among the best in the Canadian energy industry. We attribute our record of safe and reliable operations to our preventative maintenance and proactive pipeline inspection programs. Learn how Imperial prepares for continued safe pipeline operations below.

Our commitment to community engagement

Imperial is committed to meaningful community, government and Indigenous engagement throughout the duration of the Project.

During the Project period, community members will have several ways to receive information and ask questions:

  • Email:
  • Phone: 416.586.1915
  • Community information sessions (summer/fall 2018)
  • Construction notices delivered to landowners and adjacent landowners a minimum of two weeks before activity begins
  • Ongoing information sharing

We appreciate the patience of our neighbours, Indigenous groups and community members as we work to enhance the long-term safety and reliability of our existing operations.

Our proactive environmental protection and preventative maintenance program

Imperial’s safety performance is among the best in the Canadian energy industry. We attribute our record of safe and reliable operations to our preventative maintenance and proactive pipeline inspection programs.

Further details can be found in the Waterdown to Finch Project brochure.

Imperial in Ontario: supporting economic growth

As an integrated products company, we explore for, produce, refine and market products essential to society.

Founded in Ontario: As Canada's largest refiner of petroleum products, we have more than 130 years of providing Canadians with reliable energy, while supporting our economy and protecting the environment.

Supporting Ontario households: Imperial employs approximately 1,200 employees and up to 3,500 contractors a day in Ontario. Imperial is looking to work with local contractors and business services, including from Indigenous groups, throughout the life of the project.

Major capital projects: Imperial has injected more than $750 million in capital investments in Ontario at our two refineries in Sarnia and Nanticoke. Investments include environmental improvements, energy conservation projects, clean fuel facilities and infrastructure improvements.

Research and development in Ontario: Over the past decade, Imperial has invested more than $300 million in research and development in the province. To learn more about our economic impact, review the Waterdown to Finch Project brochure.


Project brochure

Notice of Commencement of study

Community information session notifications

Online information session

Regional maps

Contact us

Telephone: 416.586.1915