Minister’s transition binder

Impact Assessment Agency of Canada Transition 2019

Table of Contents

  1. Agency Overview
    1. Senior Executive Biographies
    2. Impact Assessment Agency of Canada Executive Organizational Structure
    3. Office Locations
  2. Overview of Environmental/Impact Assessment
    1. Background
    2. Impact Assessment Process Overview
    3. Regulations
    4. Role of the Minister
    5. Role of the Governor in Council
    6. Role of the President
    7. Advisory Bodies
    8. Strategic and Regional Assessments
    9. Engagement, Partnership and Collaboration
    10. Evolution of Environmental/Impact Assessment – A Chronology
  3. Current and Potential Environmental and Impact Assessments
    1. Comparison of the Impact Assessment Act and CEAA 2012
    2. Map of Current and Potential Assessments
    3. Anticipated Decisions in Next 100 Days
    4. Other Assessments
    5. Current Impact Assessments
    6. Anticipated Project Submissions in the Next 90 Days
  4. Annexes
    1. 2018-19 Year End Financial Statements
    2. Impact Assessment Process FAQ

List of Current and Potential Environmental and Impact Assessments

1. Agency Overview

I. Mission

The Agency is responsible for providing high-quality assessments (environmental or impact) and coordinating Crown Indigenous consultation related to the review of major projects.

II. Operating Context and Major Challenges and Pressures

The Impact Assessment Act (IAA) came into force on August 28, 2019, expanding the Agency’s mandate and responsibilities as the single Agency responsible for impact assessment and the Crown coordinator for Indigenous consultation of major projects. Under the IAA, the Agency is responsible for assessing the positive and negative environmental, economic, social, and health impacts of potential major projects.

The IAA repealed and replaced the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 (CEAA 2012). It includes transitional provisions for assessments that began under previous legislation.

Under the IAA:

Impact assessments are carried out on designated projects. These projects can either be designated by the Physical Activities Regulations or they can be designated by the Minister of the Environment under s. 9.

The Information and Management of Time Limits Regulations enable the new impact assessment system to function and enhance clarity, transparency and predictability in the process.

During the Parliamentary review of the IAA, it was controversial and received a high profile in the press. While supported by the mining industry and many Indigenous communities and environmental groups, it was not supported by the oil and gas industry and several provinces.

The Agency is in the early stages of implementing the IAA, which has involved: the development of regulations; new policy and guidance; the negotiation of agreements with other jurisdictions; memoranda of understanding with federal authorities; development of a new public registry; and the hiring of new FTEs.

Currently, 63 projects are being reviewed pursuant to the IAA and its predecessor legislation. Of these 63 projects, 44 are ongoing environmental assessments by the Agency, six are ongoing active review panels, eight are approved and ongoing substitution projects, one is undergoing a Regional Assessment, and four projects are being reviewed under the IAA (planning phase). Over the next 90 days, the Agency expects to receive submissions for 12 new projects.

III. 2019-20 Budget and Full-Time Equivalents

For 2019-20, the Agency’s budget is $68.2M before the Employee Benefit Plan (EBP) and has 446 funded FTEs. The Agency has five regional offices (Vancouver, Edmonton, Toronto, Quebec City, Halifax) and a satellite office in St. John’s.

IV. Key Federal Partners and External Stakeholders

Federal Partners:

External Stakeholders:

A. Senior Executive Biographies

I. David McGovern, President of the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada

David McGovernContact Info:
David McGovern
Tel: (613) 948-2671

Email: david.mcgovern@canada.ca

David McGovern was appointed President of the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada on an interim basis, effective August 28, 2019.

Prior to this, David was Associate Deputy Minister at Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada. He joined the department in May 2017.

Previously, David was the Deputy National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister from January 2015 until May 2017. He also served as Senior Advisor to the Privy Council Office, responsible for Border Action Plan Implementation and the Regulatory Cooperation Council starting in May 2014.

David was the Senior Assistant Deputy Minister of Strategic Policy and Research at the department of Employment and Social Development Canada from 2011. He was a participant in the 2012 cohort of the Government of Canada's Advanced Leadership Program.

From 2005 until 2011, David was the Assistant Deputy Minister of the International Affairs Branch at Environment Canada. From 2003 until 2005, he supported the Secretary of the Treasury Board Secretariat (TBS) on several key files and led a series of horizontal and vertical expenditure management reviews.

David also held executive positions in several other federal departments including the former department of Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC) and Transport Canada.

He is a graduate from McGill University and has a Masters of Science degree in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

II. Christine Loth-Bown, Vice-President of External Relations and Strategic Policy

Christine Loth-BownContact Info:
Christine Loth-Bown
Tel: (613) 948-2662

Email: christine.loth-bown@canada.ca

Christine is the Vice-President of External Relations and Strategic Policy. She was appointed to this role in August 2018. Prior to this, she was the Vice-President, Policy Development, from April 2016 to August 2018. Reporting to the President, Christine is responsible for legislative, regulatory and policy elements of impact assessment. In addition, she is responsible for external relations and engagement.

Before joining the Agency, Christine was the Director General of Ecosystems Management at Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO).

Christine has over 24 years experience in policy development and program implementation. She has held senior roles at the Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC) and DFO. Christine has led the development and implementation of legislation and regulations. She has also played a leadership role in the development of a number of strategic policy initiatives, and corporate planning frameworks.

Christine holds a Master of Arts in Canadian Studies from Carleton University, Ottawa, and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Canadian Studies and Political Science from Glendon College, York University, Toronto, Ontario.

III. Terry Hubbard, Vice-President of Operations

Terry HubbardContact Info:
Terry Hubbard
Tel: (613) 948-2665

Email: terence.hubbard@canada.ca

Terry Hubbard is the Vice-President of the Operations Sector. He was appointed to this role on September 10, 2018. Prior to joining the Agency, Terry was Director General of the Petroleum Resources Branch with Natural Resources Canada. In this role, he was responsible for Canada’s oil and gas policy, including overseeing the development and implementation of Canada’s pipeline safety and offshore oil and gas regulatory regimes.

Terry worked as the government lead on legislative proposals to modernize the National Energy Board (NEB). He has significant background and experience on environmental assessment and regulatory matters having had the responsibility of policy oversight for the NEB and for the Canada-Newfoundland and Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Boards.

Terry graduated from the University of Saskatchewan where he obtained both his Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees in economics.

IV. Alan Kerr, Vice-President of Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer

Contact Info:
Alan Kerr
Tel: (613) 960-0897

Email: alan.kerr@canada.ca

Alan Kerr was appointed Vice-President of the Corporate Services Sector and Chief Financial Officer in 2016.

Prior to joining the Agency, Alan was General Manager responsible for ATCO’s operations and business activities in Europe and the Middle East, based in Budapest, Hungary.

Alan held a variety of senior leadership roles with the Royal Canadian Navy and in National Defence Headquarters. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and a Chartered Management Accountant (CMA) and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Commerce and a Master of Science degree in National Resource Strategy.

In 2003, Alan was recognized for his exceptional service and appointed Officer of the Order of Military Merit by the Governor General of Canada.

B. Impact Assessment Agency of Canada Executive Organizational Structure

  1. David McGovern – President
    1. Jean-Sebastien Rochon - A/Director and Legal Counsel
    2. Terry Hubbard – Vice-President – Operations
      1. Lisa Walls – Director General – Operations Transition and Readiness
      2. Kurt Saunders – Director – Review Panels
      3. Ian Ketcheson – Director General – Crown Consultation
      4. Colette Spagnuolo – Director – Crown Consultation
      5. Steve Chapman – Chief Science and Knowledge Officer
      6. Jennifer Saxe – Director General – Regional Operations
        1. Regina Wright – Regional Director – Pacific and Yukon
        2. Barbara Pullishy – Regional Director – Prairies and Northern
        3. Anjala Puvananathan – Regional Director – Ontario
        4. Anne-Marie Gaudet – Regional Director – Quebec
        5. Mike Atkinson – Regional Director Atlantic
    3. Alan Kerr – Vice-President – Corporate Services and CFO
      1. Christopher Walters – Director – Communications
      2. Jean-Paul Lalonde – Director – IM/IT
      3. Claren Motokado – Director – Finance and Administration and DCFO
      4. Sylvain Campeau – Director – HR and Employee Wellness
      5. Stewart Lindale – Acting Chief Innovation and Evolution Officer
      6. Sharonne Katz – Director – Planning, Results and Executives Services
    4. Christine Loth-Bown – Vice-President – External Relations and Strategic Policy
      1. Eric Advokaat – Director General – External Relations and Engagement
        1. Erin Groulx – Director – Engagement
      2. Brent Parker – Director General – Strategic Policy
        1. Miriam Padolsky – Director – Science Policy
        2. Susan Winger – Director – Indigenous Policy
      3. Vacant – Director General – Intergovernmental Affairs and Legislative and Regulatory Affairs
        1. Tara Frezza – Director – Intergovernmental Relations
        2. Stephanie Lane – Director- Legislative and Regulatory Affairs

C. Office Locations

Head Office
22nd Floor, Place Bell
160 Elgin Street
Ottawa ON K1A 0H3
Tel.: 613-957-0700
Fax: 613-957-0862
 
Atlantic Regional Office
200-1801 Hollis Street
Halifax, NS B3J 3N4
Tel.: 902-426-0564
Fax: 902-426-6550
Prairie and Northern Regional Office
Canada Place
1145-9700 Jasper Avenue
Edmonton, AB T5J 4C3
Tel.: 780-495-2037
Fax: 780-495-2876
Quebec Regional Office
901-1550, d'Estimauville Avenue
Quebec, QC G1J 0C1
Tel.: 418-649-6444
Fax: 418-649-6443
Pacific and Yukon Regional Office
410-701 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, BC V7Y 1C6
Tel.: 604-666-2431
Fax: 604-666-6990
Ontario Regional Office
600-55 York Street
Toronto, ON M5J 1R7
Tel.: 416-952-1576
Fax: 416-952-1573
Newfoundland and Labrador Satellite Office
301-10 Barters Hill
St. John’s, NL A1C 6M1
Tel.: 709-597-2362
Fax: N/A

2. Overview of Environmental/Impact Assessment

A. Background

An assessment (environmental or impact) is a planning tool to assist project design and ensure that appropriate measures are in place to mitigate impacts. It also serves to build social acceptability through a staged consultation process and to allow decision-makers to consider whether projects are in the public interest, or whether their impacts are justified in view of the benefits they will have for Canadians.

Federal impact/environmental assessment legislation establishes the legislative basis to assess and make decisions on proposed projects that involve impacts in areas of federal jurisdiction.

Environmental assessment was first introduced in Canada in 1974, when the Federal Environmental Assessment Office was established within the Department of Environment. In 1995, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act came into force and established the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency as a separate body from Environment Canada.

Over the years, the environmental assessment process has evolved greatly through intergovernmental agreements to harmonize the provincial and federal processes, amendments to the Act that expanded the role of the Agency, (including the coordination of Crown consultation), and Supreme Court decisions that clarified and broadened the scope of assessments.

In 2012, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 (CEAA 2012) came into force and brought on a number of other changes, further expanding the role of the Agency, as well as giving the Minister of the Environment the authority to impose enforceable conditions on proponents.

In 2016, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change was mandated to review federal impact assessment processes and to develop a new impact assessment regime based on best practices and stakeholder input.

On August 28, 2019, the Impact Assessment Act (IAA) came into force and replaced CEAA 2012.

B. Impact Assessment Process Overview

Impact Assessment Process Overview

Timelines and Outputs

C. Regulations

I. Physical Activities Regulations (Project List)

II. Information and Management of Time Limits Regulations

The above regulations were published in Canada Gazette, Part II on August 21 and came into force on August 28, 2019, with the Impact Assessment Act.

III. Cost Recovery Regulations

The Cost Recovery Regulations established under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 (CEAA 2012) continue to apply under the Impact Assessment Act until new cost recovery regulations are developed. The Cost Recovery Regulations currently provide for the recovery of costs incurred to support and conduct a review panel assessment, from the time an assessment is referred to a review panel until the decision statement is issued.

D. Role of the Minister

Under the Impact Assessment Act (IAA), some of the Minister of the Environment’s authorities include:

  1. Referring impact assessments to a review panel
  2. Approving the substitution of a federal impact assessment with the process of another jurisdiction
  3. Providing early notice to the proponent of potential unacceptable environmental effects
  4. Extending time limits for impact assessments and decision making
  5. Decision making after an assessment by the Agency or after a substituted assessment, including setting enforceable conditions to be implemented by the Proponent
  6. Making regulations
  7. Making Orders
  8. Making policies and entering into agreements relating to impact assessment decisions to undertake a regional or strategic assessment
  9. Establishing the Minister’s Advisory Council

I. Referring impact assessments to a review panel

II. Approving the substitution of a federal impact assessment with the process of another jurisdiction

III. Providing early notice to the proponent of potential unacceptable environmental effects

IV. Extending time limits for impact assessments and decision making

V. Decision making after an assessment by the Agency or after a substituted assessment, including setting enforceable conditions to be implemented by the proponent

VI. Making Regulations

VII. Making Orders

VIII. Making policies and entering into agreements relating to impact assessment Decisions to undertake a regional or strategic assessment

The Minister has a variety of additional powers to support the implementation of the IAA, including the authority to:

IX. Establishing the Minister’s Advisory Council

E. Role of the Governor in Council

Under the Impact Assessment Act (IAA), the Governor in Council Footnote 2 has four key areas of responsibility:

  1. Making regulations or orders in relation to the impact assessment process
  2. Appointing the Agency President
  3. Approving extensions to assessment time limits beyond 90 days
  4. Decision making after an assessment by a review panel or if the decision is referred by the Minister of the Environment to the Governor in Council

I. Making regulations or orders in relation to the impact assessment process

Regulations

The Governor in Council has authority to make regulations and orders that are necessary for the impact assessment process to function or shape the process in certain circumstances.

This includes the authority to:

Orders

II. Appointing the Agency President

III. Approving extensions to assessment time limits beyond 90 days

IV. Decision making after an assessment by a review panel or if the decision is referred by the Minister of the Environment to the Governor in Council

F. Role of the President

Under the Impact Assessment Act (IAA), the President has the following responsibilities:

  1. Chief Executive Officer of the Agency, Accounting Officer under the Financial Administration Act and a deputy of the Minister of the Environment
  2. Federal Administrator under the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement
  3. Advising and supporting the Minister on decisions under the IAA and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012, including whether to designate a project, approve substitution by a provincial review, refer a project to review panel, determine whether the adverse effects of a project are in the public interest and on the conditions to be included in a decision statement
  4. Appointing enforcement officers who verify and ensure compliance with the IAA
  5. Decision making under the Participant Funding Program
  6. Approving the membership and composition of, supporting the work of, and receiving information and advice from, both the Indigenous Advisory Committee and the Technical Advisory Committee on Science and Knowledge

The Minister may authorize the President to exercise any of their powers under the IAA.

G. Advisory Bodies

I. Minister’s Advisory Council

The Impact Assessment Act (IAA) requires the Minister to establish a Minister’s Advisory Council. Once established, the Council will advise the Minister on issues related to the implementation of impact assessment and regional and strategic assessment regimes.

II. Indigenous Advisory Committee

The IAA requires the Agency to establish an Indigenous Advisory Committee. The Committee was recently established and serves as a new structure through which First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples provide advice to the Agency for the development of key policies and guidance to help ensure the unique rights, interests and perspectives of Indigenous peoples are acknowledged, affirmed and implemented in impact assessment.

The 11-member Indigenous Advisory Committee comprises experts who work in their personal capacity and hold 2- and 3-year terms. The Committee had its first meeting in July 2019, with a subsequent teleconference in September and its second face-to-face meeting November 6-7.

III. Technical Advisory Committee

The IAA requires the Agency to establish a Technical Advisory Committee on Science and Knowledge. Its mandate is to provide advice to the Agency on issues related to impact assessments, as well as regional and strategic assessments, including on scientific, environmental, health, social and economic issues.

The 13-member Committee comprises technical experts holding 2- and 3-year terms. The Committee had its first meeting in June 2019, with a second meeting in September and two others planned in fiscal year 2019-20.

H. Strategic and Regional Assessments

Regional and strategic assessments are tools made available through the Impact Assessment Act (IAA) to help address broader issues that can be challenging to address effectively in project impact assessments.

Regional and strategic assessments under the IAA support the Government of Canada’s strategy for addressing cumulative effects, and build from the previous Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012, which allowed the Minister of the Environment to appoint a committee to conduct a regional study.

A key distinction between regional and strategic assessments is that regional assessments would focus on issues specific to a defined geographic region, while a strategic assessment could apply at a national scale and would focus on Government of Canada policies, plans, programs or issues relevant to impact assessment.

I. Strategic and Regional Assessments under the Impact Assessment Act

The IAA sets out requirements for conducting regional and strategic assessments, including:

The IAA mandates the Minister’s Advisory Council to provide advice on regional and strategic assessments to be given priority.

The Minister may establish regulations exempting offshore oil and gas or offshore windfarm projects from requiring an impact assessment on the basis of a completed regional assessment.

The Agency is developing policies to guide the conduct of regional and strategic assessments. The policies will set out considerations for selecting regional and strategic assessments.

Any Canadian can request that the Minister conduct a regional or strategic assessment. The Minister must respond within 90 days with reasons.

II. Regional and Strategic Assessment Status

The first regional assessment is being conducted on offshore oil and gas exploratory drilling east of Newfoundland and Labrador. An agreement to conduct the regional assessment was announced on April 15, 2019, by the governments of Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador. The committee conducting the assessment must provide its report to the Minister by fall 2019, as required by its terms of reference.

Environment and Climate Change Canada has led the development of a draft Strategic Assessment of Climate Change. The draft assessment was posted for public comment in the summer of 2019 and feedback received is being compiled.

I. Engagement, Partnership and Collaboration

I. National Outreach and Engagement Program

A key Agency role has been to create awareness of Environmental Assessment (EA) in Canada, its objectives and processes, and to inform interested stakeholder groups about how to participate in EAs.

Under the Impact Assessment Act, the Agency expects that stakeholders will continue to participate in multidisciplinary planning and decision making processes and engage at various stages of proposed project reviews. However, while the Agency engages on specific issues or assessments, it must also build dependable, trusting and transparent relationships outside of individual projects.

The National Outreach and Engagement Program (NOEP) is currently being implemented to fulfil the Agency’s commitment to listen to and learn from Canadians and Indigenous peoples in order to continually adjust and improve its processes, policies and programs.

The NOEP is an integrated, structured and strategic program that brings together the planning of current and upcoming nation-wide activities to help cultivate existing relationships between stakeholders and the Agency and build new ones.

The NOEP brings under one umbrella the planning and tracking of activities under six streams of outreach and engagement: a new national proactive component to the Agency’s outreach efforts, the ongoing topic-driven engagement activities, Indigenous engagement, intergovernmental and international activities, targeted training, and responsive or reactive activities, as appropriate.

The Agency is developing a list of outreach events that senior management and staff will attend on an annual basis, along with the products that will help them deliver the Agency’s messages. Memoranda of understanding are being developed to solidify relationships and ensure open, clear and predictable communications on policy issues with national stakeholders.

In addition to this, the Agency continues to meet with Indigenous groups and communities across the country to build trust and discuss opportunities for the co-development of products and processes.

Finally, the Agency keeps in close contact with all its project-specific stakeholders and interested parties through regular phone calls, teleconferences, project meetings, webinars, etc.

II. Public Participation

The Impact Assessment Act (IAA) recognizes the importance of meaningful public participation and requires that opportunities are provided through the assessment process, in accordance with legislation, regulations, policies and guidance established by the Agency.

The Agency is committed to implementing a public participation approach for impact assessments of designated projects and regional and strategic assessments that is inclusive and responsive to community needs. To achieve these objectives, the Agency’s approach to public participation is guided by several overarching principles:

III. Training

The Agency offers three levels of training to:

Level 1: Basic information and general knowledge of the Impact Assessment Act and its regulations, as well as impact assessment processes and concepts

Level 2: Advanced knowledge and skills to work on impact assessment related matters

Level 3: Technical knowledge and skills on specific topics related to the conduct of impact assessments

IV. Funding Programs

The Agency administers four funding programs:

Funds provided under these programs are meant to support meaningful public participation and Indigenous consultation in a manner that contributes to the delivery of high-quality environmental/impact assessments and specific engagement activities.

All Funding Programs are administered in accordance with Terms and Conditions approved by Treasury Board. Eligible costs for grants and contributions may include travel expenses, professional fees (consultants or legal), reporting/research/data collection and analysis, honoraria for Elders and ceremonial offerings, and other reasonable administrative and reporting costs.

Two types of funding recipients:

Eligibility Criteria: Applicants must demonstrate intent to provide value-added information and must meet at least one of the following criteria:

Eligible Activities may include:

Impact assessment by the Agency:

Impact assessment by Review Panel:

V. Indigenous Groups

VI. Provinces and Territories

The Agency and supporting federal departments have a strong history of working cooperatively with provinces on project assessments (federal assessment has limited application in the territories). The Agency has worked actively, both multilaterally and bilaterally, with provinces and territories to build support for cooperation and work towards instruments to formalize cooperation.

Bilateral environmental assessment cooperation agreements were developed with the majority of provinces under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act. Other instruments to guide specific aspects of cooperation, such as memoranda of understanding (MOUs) and guidance documents, have also been developed with some provinces. Many of the cooperation agreements have expired, but their principles have continued to guide cooperation between the Agency and the provinces.

Formalizing Cooperation under the Impact Assessment Act

The Impact Assessment Act (IAA) explicitly notes the importance of cooperating with jurisdictions that have responsibilities for impact assessment. Building on strong cooperative relationships related to impact assessment, the Agency is working to develop formal instruments to guide cooperation with provinces under the IAA. The Act contains a number of provisions related to cooperation with other jurisdictions, including authorization for the Minister to enter into cooperation agreements and flexibilities to harmonize timelines with other jurisdictions. The IAA also provides for a number of mechanisms for cooperation with other jurisdictions such as coordinated assessments, delegation any part of an assessment, the joint establishment of a review panel or the substitution of another jurisdiction’s process for the assessment.

There are a number of potential approaches to formalizing cooperation, including:

Cooperation Plans for Individual Projects

The IAA also requires the Agency to develop a cooperation plan during the planning phase of each project. The cooperation plan describes how the Agency will cooperate with other jurisdictions during the project assessment. It sets out the cooperative mechanism that will be used, as well as the roles and responsibilities of each jurisdiction. While a cooperation agreement is not required in order to develop a cooperation plan, plans would reflect the terms of any existing agreement with a jurisdiction.

Formalizing Cooperation under the Impact Assessment Act – Recent Agreements

Canada and British Columbia recently signed a Ministerial cooperation agreement under the IAA and B.C.’s new environmental assessment legislation in August 2019. The agreement was developed following a commitment made in a March 2019 MOU between the Agency President and the Associate Deputy Minister of B.C.’s Environmental Assessment Office. The Agency continues to work with the rest of the provinces and territories to determine the best approach to formalizing cooperation under the IAA. Work is most active with Ontario, Saskatchewan and New Brunswick at this time.

Environmental Assessment Administrators Committee

In addition to bilateral cooperation, the Agency engages regularly with provinces and territories through the EA Administrators committee, for which it provides secretariat services. The committee serves as a mechanism to support policy proposals and encourage information sharing amongst the provinces, territories and the federal government regarding environmental assessment practices. During the federal EA review process, the committee was used extensively to share information with provinces and territories and to seek feedback over the course of the development of Bill C-69 and associated regulations. Since the IAA came into force, the focus has shifted to sharing information about the new impact assessment process and associated policies and guidance as well as on developments in other jurisdictions. The group generally meets monthly by teleconference and has one yearly in-person meeting in Ottawa.

J. Evolution of Environmental/Impact Assessment – A Chronology

Year

Milestone

2019

  • Bill C-69 repeals the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 (CEAA 2012), replacing it with the Impact Assessment Act.

2016

  • Minister of Environment and Climate Change initiates a review of the environmental assessment process.

2012

  • Bill C-38 repeals original Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA), replacing it with CEAA 2012. The Agency becomes responsible for all environmental assessments, except for projects regulated by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission and the National Energy Board.
  • Budget 2012 renews and increases Agency temporary funding for three years ($14.8 million per year or about 40% of overall budget).

2010

  • Amendments to CEAA (in the Budget Implementation Act) make the Agency responsible for comprehensive study-type environmental assessments.

2007

  • Budget 2007 increases Agency funding by 40% ($11 million per year for five years) so it can take on a greater role managing environmental assessments.

2003

  • Amendments to CEAA result in a greater coordination role for the Agency.

2000

  • Five-year review of CEAA conducted by the Minister of the Environment.

1995

  • CEAA and its regulations come into force. Establishment of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency.

1992

  • CEAA receives royal assent.

1990

  • Introduction of a bill proposing CEAA.
  • Cabinet Directive on the Environmental Assessment of Policy, Plan and Program Proposals is issued.

1989

  • Federal Court of Appeal rules that the Environmental Assessment and Review Process Guidelines Order (EARPGO) was a law of general application binding on the federal government.

1984

  • More detailed process set out in the EARPGO.

1977

  • Cabinet adjusts the Environmental Assessment and Review Process to:
    • provide for “panel” members from outside what was then the Department of Fisheries and the Environment; and
    • provide for public comment.

1974

  • Cabinet establishes the federal environmental assessment and review process.
  • Departments and agencies to “take environmental matters into account throughout the planning of project, program and activities initiated by the department or agency, or for which federal funds are solicited or for which federal property is required.”

3. Current and Potential Environmental and Impact Assessments

A. Comparison of the Impact Assessment Act and CEAA 2012

CEAA 2012

Impact Assessment Act

No early planning and engagement phase

A new mandatory early planning and engagement phase.

This means early dialogue with Indigenous peoples, provinces, the public and stakeholders to identify and discuss issues early, leading to better project design.

Three responsible authorities conduct environmental assessments

A single government Agency to lead assessments and coordinate Crown consultations, with Indigenous peoples.

Life-cycle regulators work collaboratively with the Agency to provide expertise, as needed.

Availability, accessibility and integration of science and knowledge varies

Indigenous knowledge is not consistently considered.

Decisions on projects are guided by science, evidence and Indigenous knowledge.

An open science and data platform, and plain-language summaries of the facts that support assessments.

Mandatory consideration and protection of Indigenous knowledge alongside other sources of evidence in impact assessments. Federal

Federal and independent reviews of science.

Legislated timelines

Legislated but flexible timelines maintained for impact assessments and extended to the planning phase.

Environmental assessments focus only on minimizing adverse environmental effect

A move from environmental assessment to impact assessment based on the principle of sustainability.

Broaden the scope of assessments to include positive and negative environment, economic, social and health impacts, as well as to require gender-based analysis in order to support holistic and integrated decision-making. An assessment of the impacts of a project on Indigenous peoples and their rights is also required.

Indigenous participation in reviews driven by Duty to Consult

Early and inclusive engagement and participation at every stage, with the aim of securing consent through processes based on recognition of Indigenous rights and interests from the start.

Indigenous governments have greater opportunities to exercise powers and duties under the Act.

B. Map of Current and Potential Assessments

Map of Current and Potential Assessments
Summary

Map of Canada showing the locations of fifteen designation requests under the Impact Assessment Act, nine project submissions under the Impact Assessment Act expected in the next 90 days (at November 20, 2019), four projects subject to the planning phase under the Impact Assessment Act, and environmental assessments under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act 2012, including fifty-five environmental assessments by the responsible authority, eight environmental assessments by review panel, eight environmental assessments by substitution, and one regional assessment.

C. Anticipated Decisions in Next 100 Days

Anticipated Decisions in Next 100 Days
Summary

Timeline showing the date of anticipated decisions in the next 100 days as follows:

Under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012:

  • December 18, 2019: CNOOC International Flemish Pass Exploration Drilling Project
  • December 18, 2019: Frontier Oil Sands Mine
  • December 21, 2019: Timeline extension for Regional Assessment of Newfoundland Offshore Exploratory Drilling, and
  • February 12, 2020: Newfoundland Orphan Basin Exploration Drilling Project.

Under the Impact Assessment Act;

  • November 26, 2019: Designation requests
  • December 20, 2019: Substitution request for Cedar LNG, and
  • December 30, 2019: Regional Assessment of the James Bay Lowlands
Anticipated Decisions in Next 100 Days

Project

Description

Status

Map

Decision #1

1a Northern Pulp Replacement Effluent Treatment Facility Project

Northern Pulp Nova Scotia Corporation

Phase: Designation Request

Anticipated Decision Date:

Northern Pulp Nova Scotia Corporation proposes to construct and operate a new effluent treatment facility for its pulp mill, which will discharge effluent into the Northumberland Strait.

The Agency is reviewing the request for designation under the Impact Assessment Act.

Map showing the location of the Northern Pulp Replacement Effluent Treatment Facility.

1b Coalspur Phase II

Coalspur Mines (Operations) Ltd.

Phase: Designation Request

Anticipated Decision Date:

The Project is a western expansion of the existing approved coal mine (Phase I) for the extraction and export of coal to market.

The Project is located approximately 3.5 kilometres east of Hinton, Alberta.

The Agency is reviewing the request for designation under the Impact Assessment Act.

Map showing the location of Coalspur Phase II.

1c Goldboro Gold Mine

Anaconda Mining Inc.

Phase: Designation Request

Anticipated Decision Date:

Anaconda Mining is proposing to construction, operation, decommissioning and abandonment of a gold mine located on the eastern shore of Isaac’s Harbour, in Guysborough County, Nova Scotia, approximately 175 kilometres northeast of Halifax. The project would start as an open pit development and would transition to underground mining by year 3 of operation.

The Agency is reviewing the request for designation under the Impact Assessment Act.

Map showing the location of Goldboro Gold Mine.

1d Saskatchewan Drainage Network (9 projects)

Saskatchewan Water Security Agency

Phase: Designation Request

Anticipated Decision Date:

Nine drainage network projects named in a Designation Request received on November 26, 2018 for the Saskatchewan Agricultural Drainage Networks.

Each project is treated as separate designation request.

  • Brooksby
  • 600 Creek
  • Atwater
  • Blackbird Creek
  • Dry Lake
  • Lang Creek West
  • Saline Lake
  • Vipond
  • Wascana A

The Agency is reviewing the request for designation under the Impact Assessment Act.

Map showing the location of the nine Saskatchewan Drainage Network projects.

1e Reid Road Reservoir Quarry

James Dick Construction Limited

Phase: Designation Request

Anticipated Decision Date:

The Project would involve the extraction of sand, gravel and dolostone and would operate for approximately 20 years, subject. It is located approximately 1.5 kilometres west of the Hamlet of Campbellville in the Town of Milton.

The Agency is reviewing the request for designation under the Impact Assessment Act.

Map showing the location of Reid Road Reservoir Quarry.

1f Rycroft Alternative Water Hub Facility

Trace Water Solutions Ltd,

Phase: Designation Request

Anticipated Decision Date:

Trace Water Solutions Ltd. is proposing to treat and recycle waste water generated by upstream petroleum industry for re-use within fracking activities near Woking, Alberta

The Agency is reviewing the request for designation under the Impact Assessment Act.

Map showing the location of Rycroft Alternative Water Hub Facility.

1g Xplornet Tele-communications Tower

Xplornet

Phase: Designation Request

Anticipated Decision Date:

Xplornet has proposed the building of a new tower at 29.9 metres starting with 12 antennas, willing to share tower space with other providers, and with a base that would support a 50-metre tower in Alberta.

The Agency is reviewing the request for designation under the Impact Assessment Act.

Map showing the location of Xplornet Telecommunications Tower.

Decision #2

CNOOC International Flemish Pass Exploration Drilling Project

CNOOC Petroleum North America ULC

Phase: EIS and Draft EA Report

EA Type: EA by Agency

Anticipated Decision Date:

CNOOC Petroleum North America ULC proposes the CNOOC International Flemish Pass Exploration Drilling Program within its offshore Exploration Licenses located in an offshore geographic area known as the Flemish Pass, approximately 400 kilometres east of St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. The proponent proposes that wells could be drilled in its two exploration licences commencing in 2019. The Project would allow the proponent to determine the presence, nature and quantities of the potential hydrocarbon resource.

The Agency released the draft EA Report and potential conditions on September 25, 2019 for a 30-day public and Indigenous comment period.

Map showing the location of CNOOC Energy Flemish Pass Exploration Drilling Project.

Decision #3

Frontier Oilsands Mine

Teck Resources Limited

Phase: Timeline 3 - Panel Report until EA Decision

Assessment Type: Review Panel

Anticipated Decision Date:

The Frontier Oil Sands Mine Project (the Project), proposed by Teck Resources Limited includes the construction, operation and reclamation of an oil sands surface mine with a production capacity of about 240,000 barrels per day of bitumen. The Project is located in northeastern Alberta, approximately 110 kilometres north of Fort McMurray. The Project is a truck and shovel mine which includes two open pits, an ore preparation plant, a bitumen processing plant, tailings preparation and management facilities, cogeneration facilities, support utilities, disposal and storage areas, river water intake, a fish habitat compensation lake, roads, airfield and camp. The estimated project area is over 24,000 hectares. If the Project is approved, the proponent proposes to start producing oil in 2026.

July 25, 2019 - The Joint Review Panel submitted its Report containing its conclusions, rationale and recommendations regarding the potential environmental effects of the proposed project to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change

Map showing the location of Frontier Oil Sands Mine Project.

Decision #4

Cedar LNG

Cedar LNG Export Development Ltd.

Phase: Planning

Assessment Type: IA by Agency

Anticipated Decision Date:

Cedar LNG Export Development Ltd. is proposing to construct and operate a floating liquefied natural gas (LNG) processing facility and marine export terminal near Kitimat, British Columbia. The proposed project would process and liquefy natural gas to produce approximately 3 to 4 million tonnes of LNG per year and include storage capacity for up to 250,000 cubic metres of LNG. The proposed project would have a lifespan of at least 25 years.

BC submitted a substitution request on September 17, 2019.

Public comment period ran until October 20, 2019 on the initial Project Description and on B.C.'s request for substitution.

The Agency provided the Summary of Issues to the proponent on October 30, 2019

Map showing the location of Cedar LNG Project.

Decision #5

Regional Assessment of Offshore Oil and Gas Exploratory Drilling East of Newfoundland and Labrador

Phase: Report

Assessment Type: Regional Assessment

Anticipated Decision on Extension Request Date:

The Regional Assessment will focus on the effects of existing and anticipated offshore oil and gas exploratory drilling in the offshore area east of Newfoundland and Labrador. The Regional Assessment aims to improve the efficiency of the environmental assessment process as it applies to oil and gas exploration drilling, while at the same time ensuring the highest standards of environmental protection continue to be applied and maintained. The assessment will build upon the experience and knowledge gained in assessing previous projects, reduce duplication in processes and information, and result in more efficient project reviews for exploration projects.

The Final Agreement to Conduct the Regional Assessment of Offshore Oil and Gas Exploratory Drilling East of Newfoundland and Labrador has been signed and a Committee was established on April 15, 2019.

Map showing the location of the Regional Assessment of Offshore Oil and Gas Exploratory Drilling East of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Decision #6

Regional Assessment of the James Bay Lowlands

Phase: Request

Assessment type: Regional Assessment

Anticipated Decision Date:

On October 1, 2019, the Aroland First Nation requested the Minister establish a committee to conduct a regional assessment of the James Bay Lowlands (or Ontario’s Far North) for the mining sector and related infrastructure. This would include the Ring of Fire.

The Agency is reviewing the request and preparing a recommendation for the Minister.

Not available

Decision #7

Newfoundland Orphan Basin Exploration Drilling Project

BP Canada Energy Group ULC

Phase: EIS and Draft EA Report

Assessment Type: EA by Agency

Anticipated Decision Date:

BP Canada Energy ULC proposes the Newfoundland Orphan Basin Drilling Project within its offshore exploration licences (1145, 1146, 1148, and 1149) in the geographic area known as the Orphan Basin, located approximately 350 kilometres east of St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador. The proponent proposes that up to 20 exploration wells could be drilled in its exploration licences commencing in 2019 or 2020. The Project would allow the proponent to determine the presence, nature and quantities of the potential hydrocarbon resource.

The Agency is drafting the EA Report.

Map showing the location of Newfoundland Orphan Basin Exploration Drilling Project.

D. Other Assessments

Project

Description

Status

Map

Laurentia Project: Port of Quebec Deep-Water Wharf - Beauport Sector

QPA-APQ

Phase: EIS and Draft EA Report

Assessment Type: EA by Agency (Designated)

Anticipated Decision Date:

The Quebec Port Authority is proposing the extension of the existing wharf line by 610 metres in order to add two 16-metre deep-water berths at its Beauport Sector bulk shipment facilities. The Project includes creation of 17.5 hectares of new land at the back of the wharf for container handling facilities, continuation of an existing railway track on the Port Authority's property.

An email was sent to the Quebec Port Authority on October 16, 2019 asking for a detailed description of the project update.

A second part of a second request for information was sent to the proponent on 23 August 2019.

A first part of a second request for information was sent to the proponent on August 9, 2019.

Map showing the location of Port of Quebec Deep Water Wharf – Beauport 2020.

James Bay Lithium Mine

Galaxy Lithium Canada

Phase: EIS and Draft EA Report

EA Type: EA by Agency

Anticipated Decision Date:

The James Bay Lithium Mine Project is located on the Eeyou Istchee territory in the Nord-du-Québec administrative region of Québec approximately 10 kilometres south of the Eastmain River, 100 kilometres east of James Bay and the Eastmain Cree village. Galaxy Lithium (Canada) inc. (the proponent) is looking to open and operate an open-pit lithium mine. As proposed, the project includes an open-pit, an ore concentrator, tailings/waste rock/ore/overburden storage areas as well as accompanying infrastructure. The mine would have a production capacity of approximately 5480 tonnes per day. The mine life is estimated at 15 to 20 years.

The proponent submitted its EIS to the Agency on February 18, 2019.

The Agency has issued first information request package to the proponent on June 27, 2019

Map showing the location of James Bay Lithium Mine.

Rose Lithium - Tantalum Mining Project

Corporation Éléments Critiques

Phase: EIS and Draft EA Report

Assessment Type: EA by Agency

Anticipated Decision Date:

Critical Elements Corporation is proposing the construction, operation and decommissioning of an open pit tantalum and lithium mine located approximately 38 km north of Nemaska, in Québec. As proposed, the project includes the operation of an open pit, waste and tailings impoundment area, an industrial ore processing facility and the option of transforming concentrate off-site. The mine would produce about 4,500 tonnes of ore per day over a 17-year life span.

Public comment period on the summary of the environmental impact statement (EIS) closed on April 5, 2019. The analysis of the EIS is ongoing. The Agency has issued first information request package to the proponent on June 27, 2019.

Map showing the location of Rose Lithium Tantalum Mining Project.

Beaver Dam

Atlantic Gold Corp.

Phase: EIS and Draft EA Report

Assessment Type: EA by Agency

Anticipated Decision Date:

Atlantic Gold Corporation is proposing the construction, operation, decommissioning, and reclamation of an open pit gold mine in Marinette, Nova Scotia. The Beaver Dam Mine Project would have an ore production rate of 5480 tonnes/day, over a four year period. Ore from the Project would be crushed and transported 37 kilometres by road to the Moose River (Touquoy) mine for processing. Components of the Project would include an open pit, a materials storage facility, mine haul roads, mine infrastructure for crushing and haul-out, and road upgrades. The Project would rely on the mined-out Touquoy Pit for wet tailings disposal.

The Agency has completed its technical review of the revised EIS and has determined that additional information is required in the form of additional Information Requests, which have been provided to the proponent on May 8 and June 12, 2019.

Map showing the location of Beaver Dam Mine Project.

Energie Saguenay

GNL Québec Inc.

Phase: EIS and Draft EA Report

Assessment Type: EA by Agency

Anticipated Decision Date:

GNL Québec Inc. is proposing the construction and operation of a natural gas liquefaction (LNG) facility and export terminal in the borough of La Baie, in Saguenay, Quebec. The site of the project is located near the Grande-Anse marine terminal (Port of Saguenay). The main infrastructures are the natural gas liquefaction facilities with a production capacity of 11 million tonnes per year, port infrastructures for marine tanker loading of LNG, LNG storage tanks and support infrastructures. The wharf would be designed to accommodate vessels with a capacity of 100,000 deadweight tonnage (DWT). The operation could start in 2025 and would last a minimum of 25 years.

Additional information was requested from the proponent on the Environmental Impact Statement on August 20, 2019.

A letter was sent to the proponent informing them that the environmental assessment will now include the analysis of the environmental effects of marine transportation related to the project in the Saguenay River to Escoumins in the Lower St. Lawrence Estuary. Inquiries could be forwarded to the proponent for this purpose during the project analysis.

Map showing the location of Energie Saguenay Project.

Milton Logistics Hub

CN

Phase: Timeline 2 - Appointment of Panel Members until Panel Report

Assessment Type: Review Panel

Anticipated Decision Date:

The Canadian National Railway Company is proposing the construction and operation of a railway yard with more than 20 kilometres of track located in Milton, Ontario, about 50 kilometres west of Toronto.

July 20, 2019 – The Review Panel closed the record for the review and will prepare its report to be submitted to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change.

Map showing the location of Milton Logistics Hub Project.

WesPac

WesPac Midstream LLC

Phase: EIS and Draft EA Report

Assessment Type: Substitution

Anticipated Decision Date:

WesPac Midstream – Vancouver LLC (WesPac) proposes the construction and operation of a new marine terminal facility located on Tilbury Island, along the South Arm of the Fraser River in Delta, British Columbia. The WesPac Tilbury Marine Jetty Project includes the loading of liquefied natural gas (LNG) onto LNG carriers and barges for export to local and global markets. The facility is expected to operate for a minimum of 30 years.

On March 20, 2019, BC's EAO started the 180-day review of the proponent's Application for an Environmental Assessment Certificate (equivalent to an EIS). At the proponent's request, on August 6, 2019, the EAO suspended the provincial EA timeline to allow the proponent to gather supplemental analysis required for the revised marine shipping scope that the Minister established on July 9, 2019.

Map showing the location of WesPac Tillbury Marine Jetty Project.

Contrecoeur Port Terminal Expansion Project

MPA-APM

Phase: EIS and Draft EA Report

Assessment Type: EA by Agency

Anticipated Decision Date:

The Montreal Port Authority proposes the construction of a container port terminal with a maximum annual capacity of 1.15 million containers on its property located in Contrecoeur, approximately 40 kilometres downstream from Montreal. The project would include the construction of a 675-metre dock for two berths to accommodate vessels between 39,000 and 75,400 deadweight tonnage (DWT). The project would also include a seven track classification yard, a container storage and handling area, an intermodal rail yard, support facilities, rail and road accesses, a truck control area and a viaduct on Route 132.

Additional information was requested from the proponent to complete the EIS on June 6, 2017 and is expected at the end of 2019.

Map showing the location of Contrecoeur Port Terminal Expansion Project.

Roberts Bank Terminal 2

Port Metro Vancouver

Phase: Timeline 2 - Appointment of Panel Members until Panel Report

Assessment Type: Review Panel

Anticipated Decision Date:

Port Metro Vancouver proposes the construction and operation of a new three-berth marine container terminal located at Roberts Bank in Delta, British Columbia, approximately 35 kilometres south of Vancouver. Located next to the existing Deltaport and Westshore Terminals, the Project would provide an additional 2.4 million twenty-foot equivalent units of container capacity per year at Roberts Bank.

The Review Panel has closed the record and will prepare its report to be submitted to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change.

Map showing the location of Robert Banks Terminal 2 Project.

Deep Geologic Repository for Low and Intermediate Level Radioactive Waste

Ontario Power Generation

Phase: Timeline 3 - Panel Report until EA Decision

Assessment Type: Review Panel

Anticipated Decision Date:

The project is a proposal by Ontario Power Generation (OPG) to prepare, construct and operate a deep geologic disposal facility on the Bruce Nuclear Site within the municipality of Kincardine, Ontario. The DGR would be designed to manage low and intermediate waste produced from the continued operation of OPG-owned nuclear generations at Bruce, Pickering and Darlington, Ontario.

The Minister of Environment and Climate Change requested additional information on the environmental assessment from the proponent on August 21, 2017.

Map showing the location of Deep Geologic Repository for Low and Intermediate Level Radioactive Waste.

Central Ridge Exploration Drilling Project

Equinor Canada Ltd.

Phase: EIS and Draft EA Report

Assessment Type: EA by Agency

Anticipated Decision Date:

Equinor Canada Ltd. is proposing to conduct an exploration drilling project within its offshore exploration licences in the Central Ridge Area, located approximately 375 kilometres east of St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, in the Atlantic Ocean. As proposed, the Central Ridge Exploration Drilling Project would allow the proponent to determine the presence, nature, and quantities of the potential hydrocarbon resource in exploration licences 1159 and 1160.

The Notice of Commencement was posted on July 5, 2019. The EIS Guidelines were provided to the proponent on the same date.

Map showing the location of Central Ridge Exploration Drilling Project.

Project 6 All-season Road

Manitoba Infrastructure

Phase: EIS and Draft EA Report

Assessment Type: EA by Agency

Anticipated Decision Date:

Manitoba Infrastructure proposes to construct 138 kilometres of all-season road on provincial Crown land. The all-season road project, designed as a 2-lane, gravel public highway, would consist of three sections of intersecting road located on the east side of Lake Winnipeg. These road sections would begin at the reserve boundaries of the Manto Sipi Cree Nation, the Bunibonibee Cree Nation & God’s Lake First Nation. Two bridges over God’s River and Magill Creek could also be constructed as part of the project.

The Agency requested additional information from the proponent on June 26, 2019.

Map showing the location of Project 6 All-season road linking Manto Sipi Cree Nation, Bunibonibee Cree Nation and God’s Lake First Nation.

Springbank Off-Stream Reservoir Project

Alberta Transportation

Phase: EIS and Draft EA Report

Assessment Type: EA by Agency

Anticipated Decision Date:

The Government of Alberta (Alberta Transportation) proposes to construct flood mitigation infrastructure on lands adjacent to the Elbow River, approximately 15 kiometres west of Calgary, Alberta. As proposed, the Springbank Off-Stream Reservoir Project would divert flood waters during extreme flood events from the Elbow River to an adjacent wetland. The flood waters would be stored in a temporary reservoir before being diverted back into the river. The proposed project would consist of an off-stream storage reservoir, a diversion structure and channel, an off-stream storage dam, outlet works, and road modifications.

The proponent submitted its EIS to the Agency on March 29, 2018.

Map showing the location of Springbank Off-Stream Reservoir Project.

Grassy Coal

Riversdale Resources Limited /Benga Mining Limited

Phase: Timeline 2 - Appointment of Panel Members until Panel Report

Assessment Type: Review Panel

Anticipated Decision Date:

Benga Mining Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Riversdale Resources Limited, is proposing to construct and operate an open-pit metallurgical coal mine near the Crowsnest Pass, approximately 7 kilometres north of the community of Blairmore, in south-west Alberta. As proposed, the production capacity of the project would be a maximum of four million tonnes of coal per year, over a mine life of about 25 years.

September 9, 2019 – The Joint Review Panel invited public comments until October 24, 2019, on the additional information submitted by the proponent related to the Environmental Impact Assessment.

Map showing the location of Grassy Mountain Coal Project.

Lake St. Martin Water Diversion

Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation

Phase: EIS Guidelines

Assessment Type: EA by Agency

Anticipated Decision Date:

Construction and operation of two outlet channels and associated works, to mitigate the impacts of flooding in Lake Manitoba and Lake St. Martin. The proposed Lake Manitoba Outlet Channel runs from Lake Manitoba to Lake St. Martin, is 23 kilometres long, and has a diversion capacity of 212 cubic metres per second. The proposed Lake St. Martin Outlet Channel runs from Lake St. Martin to Lake Winnipeg, is 23 kilometres long, and has a diversion capacity of 326 cubic metres per second.

The Agency is conducting a conformity review on the EIS received from the proponent on August 30, 2019.

Map showing the location of the Lake Manitoba and Lake St. Martin Outlet Channels Project.

Sukunka Coal

Glencore Canada Corporation

Phase: EIS and Draft EA Report

Assessment Type: Substitution

Anticipated Decision Date:

Glencore (formerly Xstrata Coal Canada) proposes to develop and operate an open pit coal mine located approximately 55 kilometres south of Chetwynd and 40 kilometres west of Tumbler Ridge, in northeast British Columbia. The Project will produce up to 3 million tonnes of hard coking coal per year for export to overseas steel manufacturers. The mine life is expected to exceed 20 years. The Project is proposed within critical habitat of the Quintette herd of Southern Mountain Caribou.

The timeline for the EA is currently suspended to advance discussions with federal and provincial experts about the direction of Southern Mountain Caribou recovery, including the Quintette herd that overlaps with the Project. B.C.'s EAO is also preparing its draft Assessment Report in consultation with the Agency.

Map showing the location of Sukunka Coal Mine Project.

Kitimat LNG Expansion

KM LNG Operating General Partnership

Phase: EIS Guidelines

Assessment Type: Substitution

Anticipated Decision Date:

KM LNG Operating General Partnership is proposing to expand the Kitimat LNG Project (archived Registry reference number 05-03-10430), a liquefied natural gas (LNG) production and marine export facility located at Bish Cove, near Kitimat, British Columbia. As proposed, the Kitimat LNG Expansion Project would increase the facility's LNG production capacity by more than 50%, to 18 million tonnes per year. The expansion would include the addition of a third LNG train, a LNG containment tank, marine berth infrastructure, and increased shipping.

The Notice of Commencement and the Minister's decision on BC's Request for Substitution were posted on August 20, 2019. EAO will inform the Agency before finalizing the Application Information Requirements.

Map showing the location of Kitimat LNG Expansion Project.

Fifteen Mile Stream

Atlantic Mining NS Corp

Phase: EIS and Draft EA Report

Assessment Type: EA by Agency

Anticipated Decision Date:

Atlantic Gold Corporation is proposing the construction, operation, decommissioning, and reclamation of an open pit gold mine in Nova Scotia. The Fifteen Mile Stream Gold Project would include open pits, stockpiles, materials storage facilities, mine haul roads, mine infrastructure for crushing, and tailings storage. The Fifteen Mile Stream Project is at an early stage of development, with a Mineral Resource estimate in place.

The proponent submitted the EIS to the Agency on October 4, 2019. The Agency is conducting a conformity review of the document.

Map showing the location of Fifteen Mile Stream Gold Project.

Cochrane Hill

Atlantic Gold Corp.

Phase: EIS and Draft EA Report

Assessment Type: EA by Agency

Anticipated Decision Date:

Atlantic Mining NS Corp is proposing the construction, operation, decommissioning, and reclamation of an open pit gold mine in Nova Scotia. The Cochrane Hill Gold Project would include open pits, stockpiles, materials storage facilities, mine haul roads, mine infrastructure for crushing, and tailings storage. The Cochrane Hill project is now at the feasibility stage.

The EIS Guidelines were provided to the proponent on January 4, 2019.

Map showing the location of Cochrane Hill Gold Project.

Delta Grinding Facility Project

Lehigh Hanson Materials Limited

Phase: Substitution

Assessment Type: Substitution

Anticipated Decision Date:

Lehigh Hanson Materials Limited is proposing to construct, operate and decommission a grinding facility with a marine terminal adjacent to its existing cement plant facility located on Tilbury Island in Delta, British Columbia. As proposed, the Delta Grinding Facility Project would produce up to 650,000 tonnes of supplementary cementitious material per year when fully operational, and would have an operational life of at least 40 years.

The Agency posted the Notice of Commencement and Substitution Decision on May 7, 2019.

EAO to inform the Agency before finalizing the Application Information Requirements.

Map showing the location of Delta Grinding Facility Project.

BHP Canada Exploration Drilling Project

BHP Petroleum (New Ventures) Corporation

Phase: EIS and Draft EA Report

Assessment Type: EA by Agency

Anticipated Decision Date:

BHP Petroleum (New Ventures) Corporation is proposing the BHP Orphan Basin Exploration Drilling Project within its offshore Exploration Licenses 1157 and 1158, located approximately 325 kilometres northeast of St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador. The Project would allow the proponent to determine the presence, nature and quantities of the potential hydrocarbon resource.

The Notice of Commencement was posted on June 28, 2019. The EIS Guidelines were provided to the proponent on the same date.

Map showing the location of BHP Canada Exploration Drilling Project.

Tilt Cove Exploration Drilling Project

Suncor Energy

Phase: EIS and Draft EA Report

Assessment Type: EA by Agency

Anticipated Decision Date:

Suncor Energy Inc. is proposing the Tilt Cove Drilling Project within its offshore Exploration License 1161, located approximately 300 kilometres southeast of the St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador. The Project would allow the proponent to determine the presence, nature and quantities of the potential hydrocarbon resource.

The Notice of Commencement was posted on June 28, 2019. The EIS Guidelines were provided to the proponent on the same date.

Map showing the location of Tilt Cove Exploration Drilling Project.

Mine Fire Lake North

Champion Iron Mines Ltd.

Phase: EIS and Draft EA Report

Assessment Type: EA by Agency

Anticipated Decision Date:

Champion Iron Mines Ltd. is proposing the construction, operation and decommissioning of an open-pit mine and an iron concentrate processing plant on the mine site located near Fermont, Quebec. The proposed project consists also of the construction of a railway less than 10 kilometres to connect the mining project to a railway linking Fermont and Sept-Îles. The proponent predicts that the mine would generate 65,700 tonnes per day for a period of 25 years.

The EIS Guidelines were provided to the proponent on January 15, 2013.

EA is on hold at the proponent's request due to poor market conditions.

Map showing the location of Fire Lake North Iron Ore Project.

Bay du Nord

Equinor Canada Ltd.

Phase: EIS and Draft EA Report

Assessment Type: EA by Agency

Anticipated Decision Date:

Equinor (formerly Statoil Canada Ltd.), in partnership with Husky Oil Operations Limited, is proposing to install and operate a floating offshore oil and gas production facility in the Flemish Pass, approximately 450 kilometres east northeast of St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, in the Atlantic Ocean. As proposed, the Bay du Nord Development Project would consist of the offshore construction, installation, hook-up and commissioning, drilling and life-of-field well support, operations and maintenance, and decommissioning of an oil and gas production installation. As proposed, the Bay du Nord Development Project would be in operation for approximately 30 years, with the potential for additional wells and tie-backs to the production facility.

The EIS Guidelines were provided to the proponent on September 26, 2018.

On November 8, 2018, the proponent was sent a draft MOU between the Agency and Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board on the integrated environmental assessment and regulatory review of the Bay du Nord Development Project.

Map showing the location of Bay du Nord Development Project.

West Flemish Pass Exploration Drilling Project

Chevron Canada

Phase: EIS and Draft EA Report

Assessment Type: EA by Agency

Anticipated Decision Date:

Chevron Canada Limited is proposing the West Flemish Pass Exploration Drilling Project within its Exploration License 1138 offshore Newfoundland and Labrador, located approximately 375 kilometres east of the Island of Newfoundland. The Project would allow the proponent to determine the presence, nature and quantities of the potential hydrocarbon resource.

The Notice of Commencement was posted on December 20, 2018. The EIS Guidelines were provided to the proponent on December 20, 2018.

Map showing the location of West Flemish Pass Exploration Drilling Project.

Foxtrot Rare Earth Element Mine

Search Minerals

Phase: EIS and Draft EA Report

Assessment Type: EA by Agency

Anticipated Decision Date:

The Project would be located in southeast Labrador approximately 36 kilometres southeast of Port Hope Simpson and approximately 10 kilometres west of St. Lewis. The first phase of the Project would involve developing an open pit at a rate of 2000 tonnes per day (6 months of the year, over 8 years). The second phase would involve underground mining at a rate of 1000 tonnes per day (year round, over 6 years). Finished product would be shipped via the Trans Labrador Highway. The life of the mine is anticipated to be 14 years. The Project would consist of: a 10-kilometre pipeline to transport sulphuric acid; an 11-kilometre transmission line along with generator upgrades; road upgrades and approximately 500 metres of new road; administrative, accommodation, and maintenance infrastructure, as well as explosives storage; acid bake/water leach processing facility (dry stack tailings); waste rock and low grade stockpiles; and a 2.5-kilometre effluent pipeline.

The EIS Guidelines were provided to the proponent on March 2, 2018.

Map showing the location of Foxtrot Rare Earth Element Mine Project.

Trois-Rivières Port Facilities Expansion Project

TRPA-APTR

Phase: EIS and Draft EA Report

Assessment Type: EA by Agency

Anticipated Decision Date:

The Trois-Rivières Port Authority is proposing an expansion project to increase the transshipping and storage capacity of the port. The project will consist of installing a multi-user terminal with a transshipping area, a short-term storage area, connecting wells and pipes the length of the wharfs, as well as an access road on the west side. Three new 231-metre berths will be built. A retaining wall and riprap are also planned for the far western end of the new facilities.

Additional information was requested from the proponent to complete the EIS on June 6, 2017, and is expected at the beginning of 2020.

Map showing the location of Trois-Rivieres Port Expansion Project.

Boat Harbour Remediation

Nova Scotia Lands Inc.

Phase: EIS and Draft EA Report

Assessment Type: EA by Agency

Anticipated Decision Date:

In accordance with the provincial Boat Harbour Act, the use of Boat Harbour for the reception and treatment of effluent must cease no later than January 31, 2020. Once effluent treatment operations have ceased, NS Lands Inc. (the proponent) will remediate Boat Harbour and associated lands to restore the area back to a tidal estuary.

The EIS Guidelines were provided to the proponent on May 31, 2019. The EIS is expected from the proponent in January 2020.

Map showing the location of Boat Harbour Remediation Project.

Southeastern Newfoundland Offshore Exploration Drilling Project

ExxonMobil Canada Ltd.

Phase: EIS and Draft EA Report

Assessment Type: EA by Agency

Anticipated Decision Date:

ExxonMobil Canada Limited is proposing the South Eastern Newfoundland Offshore Exploration Drilling Project within its offshore Exploration License 1136 in the South Eastern region offshore Newfoundland and Labrador, located between 445 kilometres east of the Island of Newfoundland and about 1200 kilometres east of Prince Edward Island. The Project would allow the proponent to determine the presence, nature and quantities of the potential hydrocarbon resource.

The Notice of Commencement was posted on November 5, 2018. The EIS Guidelines were provided to the proponent on November 5, 2018.

Map showing the location of Southeastern Newfoundland Offshore Exploration Drilling Project.

Lynn Lake Gold Project

Alamos Gold Inc.

Phase: EIS and Draft EA Report

Assessment Type: EA by Agency

Anticipated Decision Date:

Alamos Gold Inc. is proposing an open pit gold mine and metal mill located within 45 kilometres of Lynn Lake, Manitoba. The Project will be located at two past producing underground mine sites (MacLellan Mine Site and Gordon Mine Site) previously owned by Carlisle Goldfields Limited.

The EIS Guidelines were provided to the proponent on November 6, 2017. The EIS is expected to be submitted in March 2020.

Map showing the location of Lynn Lake Gold Project.

Lac Windfall Mine Project

Osisko Mining Corporation

Phase: EIS and Draft EA Report

Assessment Type: EA by Agency

Anticipated Decision Date:

Osisko Mining Inc. is proposing the construction, operation and decommissioning of a underground gold mine located on the Eeyou Istchee-James Bay Territory, about 75 kilometres southeast of the Cree village of Waswanipi and 115 kilometres east of Lebel-sur-Quévillon, Quebec. The Lac Windfall Mine Project would have an ore production capacity of approximately 1900 tonnes per day over a period of up to 10 years. Additional project components would include an ore processing plant, a tailings pond, ore, waste rock and overburden storage areas, two operating ramps and the widening of a bridge.

The EIS guidelines were provided to the proponent on September 27, 2017. The proponent is planning to submit the EIS to the Agency in February 2020.

Map showing the location of Lac Windfall Mine Project.

Hwy 905 Stony Rapids– Lake Athabasca (Fond-du-Lac)

Ministry of Hwys & Infrastructure

Phase: EIS and Draft EA Report

Assessment Type: EA by Agency (Designated)

Anticipated Decision Date:

The Saskatchewan Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure (SMHI) is proposing to construct an all-weather road from Stony Rapids to the south shore of Lake Athabasca near Fond-du-Lac in northern Saskatchewan. The project includes: 88.5 kilometres of all-weather road; watercourse crossings; temporary structures, including construction roads, work camps and water withdrawal facilities; aggregate and borrow pits; and all physical works and undertakings associated with the fish habitat compensation plan.

The EA is on hold at the request of the proponent as of January 9, 2017.

Map showing the location of Highway 905.

Bending Lake Iron Project

Ambershaw Metallics Inc.

Phase: EIS Guidelines

Assessment Type: EA by Agency

Anticipated Decision Date:

Ambershaw Metallics Inc., a subsidiary of Legacy Hill Resources, is proposing the construction, operation, decommissioning and abandonment of an open-pit iron ore mine and an on-site metal mill, located 49 kilometres southwest of Ignace, Ontario. As proposed, the Bending Lake Iron Project would have a 30- to 40-year mine life with an ore production capacity of

23 000 tonnes per day. The metal mill would have an ore input capacity of

25 000 tonnes per day.

The EIS Guidelines were provided to the proponent on October 4, 2019.

Map showing the location of Bending Lake Iron Project.

Valentine Gold Project

Marathon Gold

Phase: EIS and Draft EA Report

Assessment Type: EA by Agency

Anticipated Decision Date:

Marathon Gold is proposing the expansion and development of four near-surface, pit-constrained gold deposits near Millertown, Newfoundland. Valentine Gold is Marathon Gold's flagship project.

The guidelines were finalized and provided to the proponent on July 17, 2019, and were posted to the registry on July 18, 2019. The proponent is expected to submit the EIS in May 2020.

Map showing the location of Valentine Gold Project.

Ruddock Creek

Ruddock Creek Mining Corporation

Phase: EIS Guidelines

Assessment Type: Substitution

Anticipated Decision Date:

Ruddock Creek Mining Corporation is proposing the construction, operation, and decommissioning of a new underground zinc-lead mine located between the headwaters of Ruddock Creek and Oliver Creek in the Scrip Range of the Monashee Mountains, approximately 155 kilometres northeast of Kamloops and 28 kilometres east of Avola, British Columbia. The Project, as proposed, would have an ore production capacity of 3000 tonnes per day over an anticipated mine life of eight years.

BC EAO to inform the Agency before finalizing the Application Information Requirements.

Map showing the location of Ruddock Creek Mine Project.

Timiskaming Dam-Bridge of Quebec Replacement Project

Public Services and Procurement Canada

Phase: EIS and Draft EA Report

Assessment Type: EA by Agency

Anticipated Decision Date:

Public Services and Procurement Canada is proposing to replace the Quebec Timiskaming dam-bridge located 65 kilometres northeast of North Bay, Ontario, and bordered by the city of Temiskaming, Quebec, to the east. As proposed, the project will result in the replacement of the Quebec Timiskaming dam-bridge, a structure that regulates water without generating electrical power. Its deck supports a two-lane roadway connecting the provinces of Quebec and Ontario. This complex includes two independent dams located on both sides of Long Sault Island on the Ottawa River: the Quebec dam-bridge and the Ontario dam-bridge, which was replaced in 2014. The new structure will be approximately 75 metres long and will have 10 bays: five with vertical sluice gates and five working with wooden beam weirs. The road deck will consist of two traffic lanes as well as a sidewalk. The construction of the new dam-bridge will be spread over a period of 30 months.

The EIS Guidelines were provided to the proponent on August 21, 2018. The proponent is planning to submit its EIS during summer 2020.

Map showing the location of Timiskaming Dam-Bridge of Quebec Replacement Project.

Cape Ray Gold

Nordmin Resource and Industrial Engineering Ltd.

Phase: EIS and Draft EA Report

Assessment Type: EA by Agency

Anticipated Decision Date:

Matador Mining Ltd. propose to develop, operate, decommission and reclaim a gold and silver mine, mill and processing operation at the Cape Ray Property near Port aux Basques, Newfoundland.

The EIS Guidelines were provided to the proponent on April 7, 2017. The proponent met with the Agency on March 11, 2019, and is expecting to submit its EIS in September 2020.

Map showing the location of Cape Ray Gold Project.

Michel Coal Project

North Coal Limited

Phase: EIS and Draft EA Report

Assessment Type: EA by Agency

Anticipated Decision Date:

North Coal Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Australia’s CoalMont Pty Ltd., proposes to construct, operate, decommission and abandon a metallurgical coal mine with three open-pits in the Elk Valley, located approximately 15 kilometres southeast of Sparwood, British Columbia. As proposed, the Michel Coal Project would produce between 2.3 and 4 million tonnes of raw coal per year, over a mine life of between 15 and 30 years.

The EIS Guidelines were provided to the proponent on January 15, 2016. The proponent submitted a revised project description to the Agency on August 22, 2018. The proponent has not informed the Agency when it expects to submit an EIS.

Map showing the location of Michel Coal Project.

Crown Mountain

NWP Coal Canada Ltd.

Phase: EIS and Draft EA Report

Assessment Type: EA by Agency

Anticipated Decision Date:

NWP Coal Canada Ltd. is proposing to construct and operate an open-pit metallurgical coal mine in the East Kootenay Region, approximately 12 kilometres from the District of Sparwood in southeastern British Columbia. As proposed, the production capacity of the project would be 3.7 million tonnes per year, over a mine life of about 16 years.

The EIS Guidelines were provided to the proponent on February 20, 2015. The proponent has not informed the Agency when it expects to submit an EIS.

Map showing the location of Crown Mountain Coking Coal Project.

St. Lawrence Fluorspar Marine Shipping Terminal Project

Canada Fluorspar Inc.

Phase: EIS Guidelines

Assessment Type: EA by Agency

Anticipated Decision Date:

Canada Fluorspar (NL) Inc. (CFI) is proposing to build and operate a dedicated marine shipping facility, west of the current AGS Mine & Mill operations in Mine Cove, Little Lawn Harbour, St. Lawrence, to serve as an export wharf for its acid-grade Fluorspar Concentrate (200,000 tonnes per year) and Construction Aggregates (2 metric tonnes per year).

The Final EIS Guidelines were provided to the proponent on September 30, 2019.

Map showing the location of St. Lawrence Fluorspar Marine Shipping Terminal Project.

Griffith Mine Project

Lithium Energy Products Inc. (formerly Northern Iron Corp.)

Phase: EIS and Draft EA Report

Assessment Type: EA by Agency

Anticipated Decision Date:

Lithium Energy Products Inc. (formerly Northern Iron Corp.) proposes the redevelopment of the former Griffith Mine within the Township of Ear Falls in northwestern Ontario. The Project would involve the construction, operation, and decommissioning of a past-producing open pit iron ore mine. The proposed project would produce approximately 16,000 tonnes of ore per day, with a mine life of approximately 20 years. The iron ore would be milled on-site to produce slightly more than 4000 tonnes per day of hot briquetted iron.

The EIS Guidelines were issued on June 24, 2013.

Map showing the location of Griffith Iron Ore Redevelopment Project.

Kwispaa LNG

Kwispaa LNG (CF) Limited Partnership

Phase: EIS Guidelines

Assessment Type: EA by Agency

Anticipated Decision Date:

The facility at Sarita Bay would treat, liquefy and store the natural gas as a liquid (LNG) ready to be loaded onto LNG carriers for export. LNG carriers would ship the LNG from Sarita Bay to customers around the world, primarily in Asia. The LNG facility would be expected to operate for at least the next 25 years.

On February 27, 2019, the Agency issued an Information Request to the proponent asking how the proponent intends to proceed with the Project. The proponent provided a partial response that it is pausing development of the Project for 6-12 months. The federal timeline is paused on day 76 of 365 until a complete response to the information request is provided. The province requested that the Substitution Request determination be delayed.

The Agency sent a transition letter per subsection 181(2) of the Impact Assessment Act that the required information from the Information Request must be provided by August 28, 2022, or the process under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 would be terminated.

Map showing the location of Kwispaa LNG Project.

Joyce Lake

Labec Century Iron Ore

Phase: EIS and Draft EA Report

Assessment Type: EA by Agency

Anticipated Decision Date:

Labec Century Iron Ore is proposing the construction, operation, and decommissioning of an open-pit iron mine located approximately 20 kilometres northeast of Schefferville in Newfoundland and Labrador. As proposed, the mine would produce up to four million tonnes of ore per year over a life span of up to seven years. The ore would be transported to the existing rail owned by Tshiuetin Rail Transportation Inc. for transportation to the Port of Sept-Îles. The mine and mine infrastructure would consist of: an open pit, dewatering of Joyce Lake, waste rock disposal, tailings management, processing and support infrastructure, access and haulage roads, and a rail loop.

The EIS Guidelines were provided to the proponent on March 5, 2013.

Map showing the location of Joyce Lake Direct Shipping Iron Ore Project.

Springpole Gold Project

First Mining Gold Corp.

Phase: EIS and Draft EA Report

Assessment Type: EA by Agency

Anticipated Decision Date:

First Mining Gold Corp. is proposing the construction, operation, decommissioning, and abandonment of an open-pit gold/silver mine and onsite metal mill, located approximately 110 kilometres northeast of Red Lake, Ontario. As proposed, the Project would have an ore production capacity of 60,000 tonnes per day over an 11-year mine life. The on-site metal mill would have an ore input capacity of 44,000 tonnes per day and would operate for 12 years.

The EIS Guidelines were provided to the proponent on June 19, 2018.

Map showing the location of Springpole Gold Project.

More Creek Hydro Project

Alaska Hydro Corportation

Phase: EIS and Draft EA Report

Assessment Type: EA by Agency

Anticipated Decision Date:

Alaska Hydro Corporation, a British Columbia based company, is proposing to construct and operate a 75-megawatt hydroelectric facility with reservoir storage, approximately 130 kilometres north of Stewart, in British Columbia, and 95 kilometres east of the Alaskan border. The project would be located on More Creek, which drains into the Iskut River and then the transboundary Stikine River. As proposed, the More Creek Hydroelectric Project would generate approximately 348 gigawatt hours of electricity per year, and its reservoir storage area would cover approximately 2680 hectares of the More Creek drainage area basin. The proposed project would include the construction and operation of a powerhouse and energy generation facilities, a transmission line, a water intake, a dam and reservoir, concrete works, as well an access road and other construction related components.

The EIS Guidelines were provided to the proponent on December 22, 2016. On August 8, 2017, the proponent notified the Agency that they are not in a position to proceed with the provincial side of the coordinated EA. As a result, the timeline associated with next steps is uncertain.

Map showing the location of More Creek Hydroelectric Project.

Century Gold Project

Goldcorp Canada Ltd

Phase: EIS and Draft EA Report

Assessment Type: EA by Agency

Anticipated Decision Date:

Porcupine Gold Mines, a subsidiary of Goldcorp Canada Ltd. is proposing the construction, operation, decommission and abandonment of a new metal mill as well as the expansion of its existing Dome Mine, located in Timmins, Ontario. The area of mine operations for the existing Dome Mine would increase by over 50%. As proposed, the Century Gold Project would operate for 10 to 16 years, and include an open-pit gold mine with an ore production capacity of 70,000 tonnes per day. The on-site metal mill would also have an ore input capacity of 70,000 tonnes per day.

The EIS Guidelines were provided to the proponent on November 16, 2018.

Map showing the location of Century Gold Project.

Mine Hopes Advance

Oceanic Iron Ore Corporation

Phase: EIS and Draft EA Report

Assessment Type: EA by Agency

Anticipated Decision Date:

The Project consists of the construction, operation and decommissioning of an open-pit iron ore mine near Aupaluk, in Nunavik. The proponent estimates that the mine will generate from 10 to 20 million tonnes of iron ore concentrate product per year over a planned operation period of 48 years with a daily average extraction rate of 72,000 to 144,000 tonnes. The ore would be concentrated by a process based on gravity separation. For the shipment of the iron ore to European and Asian markets, the proponent is proposing to construct a marine terminal consisting of a 330-metre loading wharf, a tug moorage area, a commercial wharf and a causeway. The concentrate would then be pumped to the marine terminal through a 26-kilometre long pipeline for shipping. The proponent may opt for a 190 MW thermal generating station as an energy source for his operations.

The EIS Guidelines were provided to the proponent on December 10, 2012. The proponent has not provided a timeframe for the submission of its EIS to the Agency. Last communication with the proponent was in December 2018 and the path forward for this project was still not established.

Map showing the location of Hopes Advance Iron Mining Project.

Kipawa Rare Earths Project

Matamec Explorations inc.

Phase: EIS and Draft EA Report

Assessment Type: EA by Agency

Anticipated Decision Date:

Matamec Explorations Inc. proposes the construction, operation and decommissioning of a rare earths open-pit mine about 40 kilometres east of the municipality of Kipawa. The proposed project would process 1.3 million tonnes of ore per year over a 15-year operation period with a daily average extraction rate of 3650 tonnes. The concentrate would be shipped by truck or by train and then by boat to Asian or European refineries. The proposed project would also include the construction of a concentrator, a power line as well as ancillary buildings such as storage, a laboratory and administrative offices.

The EIS Guidelines were provided to the proponent on May 31, 2013. The proponent has not provided a time frame for the submission of its EIS to the Agency. Based on an article published in October 2018, Matamec Exploration would have merged with Canada Strategics Metals to form Quebec Precious Metals.

Map showing the location of Kipawa Rare Earths Project.

Arctos Anthracite

Arctos Anthracite Joint Venture

Phase: EIS Guidelines

Assessment Type: Substitution

Anticipated Decision Date:

Arctos Anthracite Joint Venture proposes the construction, operation and decommissioning of an anthracite coal mine in northwestern British Columbia. The site of the proposed mine is about 90 kilometres southeast of Iskut, 160 kilometres northeast of Stewart, and 240 kilometres north of Hazelton. The proposed project would produce about 3 million tonnes per year of anthracite coal over a mine life of approximately 25 years. The proposed project would also include constructing a 147-kilometre extension to an existing railway from its current terminus to the mine site.

BC EAO to inform the Agency before finalizing the Application Information Requirements.

Map showing the location of Arctos Anthracite Project.

Aley

Taseko Mines Limited

Phase: EIS Guidelines

Assessment Type: Substitution

Anticipated Decision Date:

Aley Corporation Limited proposes to construct and operate an open-pit niobium mine, located approximately 130 kilometres north of Mackenzie in north-central British Columbia. As proposed, the project would process ten thousand metric tonnes of niobium ore per day, for a total of 94 million tonnes of ore over a mine life of 27 years.

BC EAO to inform the Agency before finalizing the Application Information Requirements.

Map showing the location of Aley Mine Project.

Coal Mountain Project

Teck Coal Limited

Phase: EIS and Draft EA Report

Assessment Type: EA by Agency

Anticipated Decision Date:

Teck Coal Limited is proposing to expand its existing Coal Mountain Operations. The Coal Mountain Phase 2 Project, an open-pit coal mine, would be located in southeastern British Columbia, approximately 15 kilometres south of Sparwood, and 20 kilometres northwest of the proponent's current operations. The proposed project would include an approximate disturbance area of 1000 hectares, and would produce approximately 2.25 million metric tonnes of clean coal per year over an estimated mine life of 34 years.

The EIS Guidelines were provided to the proponent on January 12, 2015. The proponent has not informed the Agency when it expects to submit an EIS.

Map showing the location of Coal Mountain Phase 2 Project.

Bingay Main

Centermount Coal Limited

Phase: EIS and Draft EA Report

Assessment Type: EA by Agency

Anticipated Decision Date:

Centremount Coal Limited is proposing the construction, operation, and decommissioning of an open pit and underground coal mine located approximately 21 kilometres north of Elkford, in southeastern British Columbia. As currently proposed, the Project would produce 1 million tonnes of coal per year over a mine life of 13 years.

The EIS Guidelines were provided to the proponent on March 19, 2013. The proponent has not informed the Agency when it expects to submit an EIS.

Map showing the location of Bingay Main Coal Project.

Kitimat Clean Refinery

Kitimat Clean Ltd.

Phase: EIS Guidelines

Assessment Type: Review Panel

Anticipated Decision Date:

Kitimat Clean Ltd. is proposing the construction, operation, decommissioning and abandonment of a new oil refinery located approximately 13 kilometres north of Kitimat, British Columbia. As proposed, the Kitimat Clean Refinery Project would include a refinery, a power-plant, a rail yard, a marine terminal and a bitumen storage facility. A new pipeline would also be constructed to deliver fuel to the proposed marine terminal, located approximately 12 kilometres south of Kitimat. The project is expected to process approximately 400,000 barrels of bitumen per day over a lifespan of at least 50 years.

Additional information was requested from the proponent related to the description of key project components on September 9, 2016.

Map showing the location of Kitimat Clean Refinery Project.

Marathon PGM

Stillwater Canada Inc.

Phase: Timeline 2 - Appointment of Panel Members until Panel Report

Assessment Type: Review Panel

Anticipated Decision Date:

Marathon PGM Corporation is proposing to construct, operate and decommission an open pit platinum group metals and copper mine approximately 10 kilometres from Marathon, Ontario. The proposed project would include three open pits, an ore processing plant, tailings and mine rock storage facilities, site access roads, a 7 kilometre power transmission line, explosives factory and magazines, water management facilities, ancillary mine infrastructure and associated activities. The rate of production would be approximately 22,000 tonnes per day with a proposed operating mine life of approximately 11.5 years.

The Minister of Environment and Climate Change disbanded the Joint Review Panel established to conduct the environmental assessment of the proposed project on October 31, 2014.

Map showing the location of Marathon Platinum Group Metals and Copper Mine Project.

Carbon Creek Coal Project

Cardero Coal Limited

Phase: EIS Guidelines

Assessment Type: Substitution

Anticipated Decision Date:

Cardero Coal Ltd proposes to develop and operate an open pit metallurgical coal mine located approximately 60 kilometres northwest of Chetwynd and 40 kilometres west of Hudson's Hope, in northeast British Columbia. The proposed project would involve open pit surface mining followed by combined open pit and underground mining. The production rate would be 4.1 million metric tonnes of metallurgical coal per year, over a mine life of 20 years.

BC EAO to inform the Agency on the next steps once the proponent resumes environmental assessment.

Map showing the location of Carbon Creek Metallurgical Coal Mine Project.

Amisk Hydro

AHP Development Corporation

Phase: Timeline 1 - Referral to Panel until appointment of panel members

Assessment Type: Review Panel

Anticipated Decision Date:

AHP Development Corporation is proposing to construct and operate a 330-megawatt hydroelectric facility on the Peace River, approximately 15 kilometres upstream of Dunvegan, in northwestern Alberta. As proposed, the Amisk Hydroelectric Project would generate approximately 1875 gigawatt hours of electricity per year. The proposed project would involve the construction and operation of a powerhouse, spillway, headpond, fish passage, boat passage, a connecting transmission line and substation, as well as access roads and other construction related components.

The EIS Guidelines were provided to the proponent on February 12, 2016.

Map showing the location of Amisk Hydroelectric Project.

Pacific Future Energy Refinery

Pacific Future Energy Corporation

Phase: Timeline 1 - Referral to Panel until appointment of panel members

Assessment Type: Review Panel

Anticipated Decision Date:

Pacific Future Energy Corporation is proposing the construction, operation and decommissioning of an oil refinery located on Dubose Flats, 32 kilometres north of Kitimat, in northwest British Columbia. The Pacific Future Energy Refinery Project would be capable of refining 31,795 m³ per day (200,000 barrels per day) of NEATBITTM (nearly solid bitumen) over a project life of at least 60 years. The Project would include a new railway yard with 7 tracks and a total track length of 20.9 kilometres, and have a petroleum storage capacity of 860,043 m³.

The Agency issued the final EIS Guidelines to the proponent on December 12, 2016, for the preparation of an EIS.

Map showing the location of Pacific Future Energy Refinery Project.

Assessments by other Responsible Authorities (RA)

2021 NGTL System Expansion Project

NOVA Gas Transmission Ltd.

Phase: EA in Progress

Assessment type: EA by other RA (CER)

NOVA Gas Transmission Limited (NGTL), a wholly owned subsidiary of Trans Canada, has filed an application for the 2021 NGTL System Expansion Project. NGTL proposes to build and operate approximately 344 kilometres of 1,219 mm (NPS 48) outside diameter natural gas pipeline and associated facilities in northwestern Alberta, from approximately Grande Prairie to north of Calgary, including three compressor station additions. If approved, the project would “loop” or add new pipeline parallel or adjacent to, the existing NGTL System. In its application, NGTL said the project was needed to transport natural gas from areas of increasing production in northwestern Alberta and northeastern BC to intra-Alberta and export markets. If approved, NGTL plans to begin operating the project by April 2021.

The former National Energy Board (NEB) concluded hearings on Oral Indigenous Knowledge on the 2021 NOVA Gas Transmission Ltd. (NGTL) System Expansion Project. The sessions took place in Grande Prairie (Apr 30, 2019) and concluded in Calgary (May 13-17, 2019).

Map showing the location of Twenty Twenty-One NGTL System Expansion Project.

Edson Mainline Expansion Project

Nova Gas Transmission Ltd.

Phase: EA in Progress

Assessment type: EA by other RA (CER)

NOVA Gas Transmission Ltd. (NGTL) is applying to the National Energy Board under section 52 of the National Energy Board Act for approval to construct and operate the Edson Mainline Expansion Project (the Project) in Alberta. The Project consists of two sections of 1,219 mm (nominal pipe size 48) natural gas pipeline, including the 40.2-kilometre long Elk River Section and the 44.7-kilometre long Alford Creek Section, and associated facilities. The associated facilities include three mainline block valves, one control valve and bypass assembly, ten crossover valves, a receiver facility, and temporary access roads. The Project will cross 31 watercourses located in the North Saskatchewan River watershed, notably the Brazeau River, Nordegg River, Elk River, Prairie Creek, and the Clearwater River. NGTL is proposing to construct both pipeline sections from November 2021 to April 2022.

On August 27, 2019, an environmental assessment commenced.

Map showing the location of Edson Mainline Expansion Project.

North Corridor Expansion Project

Nova Gas Transmission Ltd

Phase: EA in Progress

Assessment type: EA by other RA (CER)

NOVA Gas Transmission Ltd. (NGTL) is applying to the National Energy Board under section 52 of the National Energy Board Act for approval to construct and operate the North Corridor Expansion Project (the Project) in Alberta. The Project consists of three natural gas pipelines: two sections of 1,219 mm (nominal pipe size 48 inch), including the 24-kilometre long North Star Section 2 and the 32-kilometre long Red Earth Section 3, and a third section of 1,219 mm (nominal pipe size 36 inch) which is 25 kilometres long and called the Bear Canyon North Extension on the Northwest Mainline Loop No.2. The Project also includes a unit addition at Hidden Lake North Compressor Station and launcher and receiver facilities for cleaning and in-line inspection. Temporary infrastructure required for construction could include temporary access roads, borrow pits/dugouts, slurry pits, stockpile sites, laydown yards, contractor yards and construction camps. The Project will cross 6 watercourses located in the Peace River Basin; named watercourses include the Notikewin River, Loon River, Hunt Creek, and Bear Canyon Creek. NGTL is proposing to commence construction at the compressor station in November 2019 and commence all three pipeline sections from September 2021 to April 2022.

An EA commenced on August 27, 2019.

Map showing the location of North Corridor Expansion Project.

Micro Modular Reactor Project at Chalk River

Global First Power

Phase: EA in Progress

Assessment type: EA by other RA (CNSC)

Global First Power is proposing the site preparation, construction, operation, and decommissioning of a single small modular reactor, using Micro Modular Reactor (MMR) technology. The proposed project is located at the Chalk River Laboratories site, in Renfrew County, Ontario, approximately 200 kilometres northwest of Ottawa. The proposed project includes a nuclear plant, which would contain a MMR High Temperature Gas-cooled Reactor that would provide process heat to an adjacent plant, via molten salt. The MMR would produce approximately 15 Megawatt (thermal) of process heat to generate electrical power and/or heat, over an operating life-span of 20 years.

Under the Nuclear Safety and Control Act, Global First Power's proposal requires approval and licensing by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC). An environmental assessment (EA) conducted under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 is required, and an EA decision affirming that the proposed activities will not cause significant adverse environmental effects, before the CNSC can make a licensing decision on this proposal.

An EA commenced on July 15, 2019

Map showing the location of Micro Modular Reactor Project at Chalk River.

Millennium Uranium Mine

Cameco

Phase: EA in Progress

Assessment type: EA by other RA (CNSC)

Cameco Corporation is proposing to develop an underground uranium mine located in the southeastern part of the Athabasca Basin in northern Saskatchewan, approximately 600 kilometres north of Saskatoon. The proposed Millennium mine would produce 150,000 to 200,000 tonnes of ore annually for six to seven years. Ore and associated waste materials would be transported to a licensed mill along a new 21-kilometre access road that would connect to the existing road network.

CNSC posted a Notice of Adjournment of Public Hearing on June 9, 2014.

On May 15, 2014, Cameco informed the CNSC that it does not wish to proceed with the licensing of the Project at this time, due to current economic conditions.

Map showing the location of Millennium Mine Project.

Rook I Project

NexGen Energy Ltd.

Phase: EA in Progress

Assessment type: EA by other RA (CNSC)

NexGen Energy Ltd. (NexGen) is proposing to develop an underground uranium mine on the Patterson Lake peninsula in the southwestern Athabasca Basin in northern Saskatchewan, approximately 155 kiloemtres north of the town of LaLoche, SK. The proposed Rook l mine would produce up to 14 million kilograms of U3O8 annually for 24 years.

Under the Nuclear Safety and Control Act, NexGen's proposal requires approval and licensing by CNSC. An EA conducted under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 is required, and an EA decision affirming that the proposed activities will not cause significant adverse environmental effects, before the CNSC can make a licensing decision on this proposal. This Project is also subject to the EA requirements of the Government of Saskatchewan.

On May 2, 2019, the EA commenced and a public participation period is now underway.

Map showing the location of Rook I Project.

Wheeler River Project

Denison Mines Corp.

Phase: EA in Progress

Assessment type: EA by other RA (CNSC)

Denison Mines Corp. (Denison) is proposing to develop an in situ recovery uranium mining and processing operation located in the Athabasca Basin in northern Saskatchewan, approximately 600 kilometres north of the city of Saskatoon, 4 kilometres west of Highway 914 and midway between Cameco Corporation's Key Lake Mill and McArthur River Mine. The proposed Wheeler River mine would produce up to 5400 tonnes of U3O8 annually for twenty years.

Under the Nuclear Safety and Control Act, Denison's proposal requires approval by the CNSC. An EA conducted under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 is required, and an EA decision affirming that the proposed activities will not cause significant adverse environmental effects, before the CNSC can make a licensing decision on this proposal.

This Project is also subject to the EA requirements of the Government of Saskatchewan.

September 25, 2019 – Comments received on the Project Description and CNSC responses were posted to the Registry.

Map showing the location of Wheeler River Project.

In Situ Decommissioning of the Whiteshell Reactor

Canadian Nuclear Laboratories

Phase: EA in Progress

Assessment type: EA by other RA (CNSC)

Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) is proposing to decommission the Whiteshell Reactor #1 (WR-1 Reactor), a former nuclear research reactor that operated until 1985. The WR-1 Reactor is located at the Whiteshell Laboratories (WL) site in Pinawa, MB, approximately 100 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg, near the towns of Lac du Bonnet and Seven Sisters.

CNL is currently addressing all comments received, as well as the CNSC's requests for information. CNL has indicated that additional time is required to complete these deliverables. As a result, the final EIS, originally expected in April 2018, and the public hearing, which had been tentatively planned for October 2018, are delayed.

Not available on Registry

Near Surface Disposal Facility

Canadian Nuclear Laboratories

Phase: EA in Progress

Assessment type: EA by other RA (CNSC)

The Near Surface Disposal Facility (NSDF) is a proposed engineered disposal facility for radioactive waste planned for the Chalk River Laboratories site (CRL). CNL has provided a revised project description, allowing for the NSDF to also accept intermediate-level waste, as opposed to solely low-level and mixed waste. All waste to be disposed at the NSDF will be required to meet the waste acceptance criteria established to assure compliance with operational and long-term safety requirements.

The CRL site is located in Renfrew County, Ontario, on the shore of the Ottawa River, approximately 200 kilometres northwest of Ottawa. The site is situated within the boundaries of the Corporation of the Town of Deep River.

The public comment period on the draft EIS for the proposed NSDF Project closed on August 16, 2017. CNL has indicated that additional time is required to complete these deliverables. As a result, timelines for the final EIS, originally expected in January 2018, and the public hearing, tentatively planned for July 2018, are delayed. A revised timeline for project deliverables will be made available to the public once finalized.

Not available on Registry

Nuclear Power Demonstration Closure

Canadian Nuclear Laboratories

Phase: EA in Progress

Assessment type: EA by other RA (CNSC)

CNL is proposing to decommission the Nuclear Power Demonstration Waste Facility, a former nuclear generating station that operated until 1987. The facility is located in Renfrew County, Ontario, on the south bank of the Ottawa River approximately 225 kilometres northwest of Ottawa.

The structures that currently remain onsite include the main reactor building, a diesel generator, a ventilation stack, a pressure relief duct, a guardhouse, foundations from previously removed structures, two landfills, buried utilities and drainage systems, and temporary structures such as sea containers and portable washrooms.

CNL is currently addressing all comments received from the public comment period on the draft EIS of February 13, 2018, as well as the CNSC's requests for information. CNL has indicated that additional time is required to complete these deliverables. As a result, the final EIS, originally expected in June 2018, and the public hearing, which had been tentatively planned for December 2018, are delayed. A revised timeline for project deliverables will be made available to the public once finalized.

Not available on Registry

E. Current Impact Assessments

Project

Description

Status

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Marten Falls Community Access Road

Marten Falls First Nation

Phase: Planning

Assessment Type: IA by Agency

Anticipated Decision Date:

Marten Falls First Nation is proposing the construction and operation, including maintenance, of an all-season multi-use community access road approximately 140 to 250 kilometres in length, connecting the northern end of Painter Lake forestry road to the community of Marten Falls. Marten Falls is located at the junction of the Albany and Ogoki rivers, approximately 170 kilometres northeast of Nakina, Ontario. As proposed, the Marten Falls Community Access Road Project could enable future access to potential mineral development activities in the Ring of Fire area.

Public comment period on the initial Project Description concluded on October 1, 2019.

The Agency provided the Summary of Issues to the Proponent on October 11, 2019 to inform the Detailed Project Description.

Map showing the location of Marten Falls Community Access Road Project.

Webequie Supply Road Project

Webequie First Nation

Phase: Planning

Assessment Type: IA by Agency

Anticipated Decision Date:

Webequie First Nation is proposing the construction and operation, including maintenance, of a 107-kilometre all-season road connecting the Webequie Airport and the McFaulds Lake area in northern Ontario. The corridor would be approximately 35 metres in width in order to accommodate a two-lane gravel surface industrial supply road and could enable future infrastructure development such as transmission lines and broadband. As proposed, the Webequie Supply Road Project would connect Webequie First Nation to existing mineral exploration activities and potential future mineral development in the Ring of Fire area. The project could also become part of a future all-season road network connecting Webequie First Nation and the Ring of Fire area to the provincial highway system in Nakina and/or Pickle Lake.

Public comment period on the initial Project Description concluded on October 1, 2019.

The Agency provided the Summary of Issues to the Proponent on October 11, 2019 to inform the Detailed Project Description.

Map showing the location of Webequie Supply Road.

Project Gazoduq

GNL Québec Inc.

Phase: Planning

Assessment Type: Integrated Review Panel

Anticipated Decision Date: IA determination:

Construction and operation of an underground natural gas transmission line greater than 750 km long from the existing infrastructures in eastern Ontario to a futur natural gas liquefaction complex (Énergie Saguenay Project) in Saguenay.

If IA is determined to be required, this project will be first integrated review between the Agency and CER.

Public engagement period on the initial Project Description to run from October 22 to November 12, 2019.

Map showing the location of Gazoduq Project.

F. Anticipated Project Submissions in the Next 90 Days

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