Schedule

Environmental Assessment / Impact Assessment Process Milestones Timeline*

We are now in a coordinated Environmental Assessment (EA) / Impact Assessment (IA) process.

*Timeline is tentative and subject to change.

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

  • Introduction of the Assessment Phase of the EA / IA Process
  • 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

2022

  • Studies carried out to establish current conditions for water, air, land, social, cultural and economic conditions
  • Indigenous Knowledge Program continues
  • Fine tune Preferred Route Selection Approach
  • Hosted Public Information Centre #3 for Indigenous people and the public.
  • Milestone: Effects Assessment Methodology (Fall 2022)
  • Ongoing engagement with Indigenous communities and the public including Public Information Centre #4 and IK / ATRI, Built Heritage and Climate Change Workshops (Late 2022 or Early 2023)

2023

  • Field studies continue
  • Share ATRI effects assessment information and host mitigation discussions
  • Identification of final route and rationale for the Community Access Road (end of 2023)
  • Milestone: Identification of Preferred Route (Fall 2023)

2024

  • Cumulative effects assessment and sustainability assessment
  • Field studies continue
  • Rightsholder and stakeholder review of Draft Environmental Assessment / Impact Statement (EA / IS)
  • Milestone: Review of Draft EA / IS (Summer 2024)

2025

  • Milestone: Review of Final EA / IS (Spring 2025)
  • Review of Final EA / IS reflecting comments received and includes new field data
  • Submit EA / IS
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