Accommodation measures 

As a result of the meaningful, two-way dialogue that took place during the re-initiated Phase III consultations, the Government developed eight accommodation measures to address the concerns of potentially impacted Indigenous groups. These measures focus on building capacity and long-term relationships, marine safety, spill prevention, response capacity, cumulative effects, fish and fish habitat, and quieter vessels, as well as further terrestrial studies.

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Aquatic Habitat Restoration Fund

The Aquatic Habitat Restoration Fund supports Indigenous groups’ participation in the development of the fund and restoration of fish and fish habitat in watersheds along the project corridor, including inland watersheds in British Columbia and Alberta, the Fraser River watershed and in the Salish Sea. The fund supports the protection and restoration of aquatic habitats that may be impacted by the cumulative effects of development. Cumulative effects refer to a project’s impacts combined with those of other past, present and reasonably foreseeable activities in the area.

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Co-Developing Community Response

This initiative addresses Indigenous groups’ concerns about the risks of increased project-related tanker traffic to marine activities, the environment and culturally important and sacred sites in their traditional territories.

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Enhanced Maritime Situational Awareness Initiative

This initiative is a web-based pilot project that displays a range of real-time data on vessel traffic, weather, hydrography and marine protected areas. The information helps coastal Indigenous groups better plan vessel routes, identify sensitive areas, enhance local marine safety and protect the environment. The initiative was initially launched as part of the Oceans Protection Plan.

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Marine Safety Equipment and Training Initiative

This initiative provides funding to Indigenous groups for equipment to enhance the safety of Indigenous vessels and training to build understanding about safety on the water. Specific program parameters, including equipment and training needs, are being developed in partnership with Indigenous groups along the TMX marine shipping route.

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Terrestrial Cumulative Effects Initiative

This initiative is collaboratively developed and involves building capacity and supporting Indigenous-led projects focused on the cumulative effects of human activities in mainland freshwater and terrestrial environments.

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Quiet Vessel Initiative

This initiative tests the most promising, safe and efficient quiet-vessel designs, retrofits and operational practices to reduce noise in the Salish Sea. It aims to protect the marine environment and vulnerable marine mammals — including the Southern Resident Killer Whale.

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Salish Sea Initiative

This initiative supports eligible Indigenous groups in conducting marine stewardship activities. It provides scientific, technical and administrative capacity funding for Indigenous groups to monitor the local marine environment and participate in broader planning processes. This initiative responds to concerns related to the cumulative effects of increased human activities on valued ecosystem components of the marine ecosystem.

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Terrestrial Studies Initiative

This initiative supports Indigenous-led studies to further understand TMX’s potential impacts, including on traditional land use. It could also inform cumulative effects work.

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