What we've done

The expansion project
has been approved

In making its decision to approve the Trans Mountain Expansion (TMX) project, the government took into consideration a wide variety of information, including the National Energy Board’s (now the Canada Energy Regulator or CER) Reconsideration Report and the comprehensive Crown Consultation and Accommodation Report (CCAR) (PDF, 5.2 MB), Justice Iacobucci’s independent advice, and evidence-based science.

How did we make this decision?

Number 1

We considered the CER’s recommendation

On February 22, 2019, after a thorough and efficient review of the effects of project-related marine shipping, the NEB (now the CER) delivered its report recommending that the Government of Canada approve the expansion project subject to 156 conditions and 16 recommendations.

Number 2

We consulted with Indigenous groups

Informed by the Federal Court of Appeal, we approached Phase III consultations differently this time. We made a series of changes to ensure meaningful, two-way dialogue with groups, enabling officials to better respond to the specific concerns of communities as it related to potential accommodations and impacts on Indigenous rights. This included, among other measures, doubling the capacity of consultation teams on the ground and ensuring that the consultations were properly tailored to the needs and interests of the Indigenous participants we met. Once again, funding was provided to Indigenous groups to support their participation in the consultations.

Number 3

We appointed skilled advisors

We appointed former Supreme Court of Canada Justice the Honourable Frank Iacobucci to provide oversight and direction in carrying out the consultation process with Indigenous groups potentially impacted by the project.

As the marine technical advisor to the National Energy Board (now the CER), John A. Clarkson provided expert advice on marine issues, including impacts to the environment and species at risk from marine traffic.

All of this built on our previous work

Previous Indigenous

Find out how we consulted with Indigenous groups for the 2016 decision on the Trans Mountain Expansion Project.

Previous public

Learn about what we heard from businesses, communities, landowners, and individuals on the Trans Mountain Expansion Project.

Taking action on pipeline and
marine safety

Find out what we are doing to make sure that all pipelines are assessed, regulated, operated and maintained in the right way.

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