James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement

The James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement (JBNQA) is the first modern land claim agreement in Canada. Signed in 1975, the JBNQA sets out an environmental and social protection regime for the territorial regions of James Bay and Nunavik.

The President of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency acts as the Federal Administrator of the JBNQA for federal projects, with the responsibility of whether or not to authorize projects, based on the recommendations of the assessment and review committees.

This section, currently under development, will provide an overview of the federal assessment and review process of the JBNQA, as well as the technical and advisory organizations involved. The objectives of this site are to facilitate public access to information about projects being reviewed under the JBNQA, and to provide the public with relevant information to better understand the process and to participate, where appropriate.

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With a surface area of more than a million square kilometres, the James Bay and Northern Quebec region represents approximately two thirds of the surface area of Quebec. It is located between the 49th and 62nd parallels of the northern latitude.

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