Timeline for the Terms of Reference and Impact Assessment Between 2019 and 2020

Late Winter to Spring 2019

  • A Notice of Commencement of the Terms of Reference was published and distributed on March 6, 2019 (view the English or French Notice of Commencement)
  • A Notice of Public Information Centres #1 was published and distributed on April 16, 2019 (view the English or French Notice of Public Information Centres)
  • Public Information Centre #1
  • Ongoing engagement with Indigenous communities

Summer 2019

  • Initial Project Description submitted to the federal Impact Assessment Agency of Canada (the Agency)
  • Field studies conducted on alternative routes throughout Summer into 2020
  • Ongoing engagement with Indigenous communities 

Fall 2019

  • Detailed Project Description to be submitted under the Federal Impact Assessment Act on November 9, 2019
  • Field studies continue
  • A Notice of Public Information Centres #2 was published and distributed on November 26, 2019
  • A Notice of Impact Assessment Decision was published by the Agency stating that a federal IA is required on November 29, 2019
  • Ongoing engagement with Indigenous communities 

Winter 2019/2020

  • Public Information Centre #2
  • Draft Terms of Reference released for review by Indigenous communities, agencies, the public, and other stakeholders on December 4, 2019
  • A Notice of Commencement of the IA was published by the Agency on February 24, 2020
  • Ongoing engagement with Indigenous communities

2020

  • Field studies continue
  • Terms of Reference was submitted (Fall 2020)
  • Decision on Terms of Reference is expected in Winter 2021
  • Ongoing engagement with Indigenous communities 

2021

  • The Terms of Reference was approved on October 8, 2021 with amendments

  • The Notice of Commencement of Environmental Assessment was issued on October 29, 2021

  • Field studies continue

  • Ongoing engagement with Indigenous communities 
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