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Webequie Supply Road Project — Public Comments Invited

What is happening?

December 19, 2019 — On November 29, 2019, the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada (the Agency) decided an impact assessment is required for the proposed Webequie Supply Road Project, located in northern Ontario.

As part of the planning phase in the impact assessment, the Agency invites the public and Indigenous groups to review and provide feedback on the draft Tailored Impact Statement Guidelines and the draft Public Participation Plan.

The draft Guidelines outline the project-specific factors that will be considered in the assessment and provide direction to the proponent, Webequie First Nation, on the information and studies required in its Impact Statement. The draft Public Participation Plan explains how the public will be engaged throughout the review process. The Plan provides details on how and when public participation opportunities will take place for each phase of the impact assessment.

How can I participate?

Comments can be submitted online by visiting the project home page on the Canadian Impact Assessment Registry (reference number 80183). All comments received will be published online as part of the project file.

Written comments in either official language will be accepted until January 28, 2020.

The Agency also invites the public to attend open house or WebEx sessions on the project. Representatives from the Agency will deliver presentations and discussion sessions and will be available to answer questions and collect comments from the public.

Open house sessions

  • January 13, 2020 from 4 to 7 p.m.
    Valhalla Inn Hotel
    1 Valhalla Inn Road
    Thunder Bay, Ontario

  • January 14, 2020 from 5 to 8 p.m.
    Royal Canadian Legion Branch 133
    522 Main Street
    Geraldton, Ontario

WebEx sessions

  • January 15, 2020 from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

  • January 16, 2020 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Please note that you must RSVP for the WebEx sessions by January 7, 2019, by emailing IAAC.Webequie.AEIC@canada.ca. Registration details will follow to those who RSVP.

To view the draft Tailored Impact Statement Guidelines and the draft Public Participation Plan online, visit the Agency's website at canada.ca/iaac. More information on the project, the review process and alternative means of submitting comments is also available on the Agency's website. Printed copies are available upon request and are also available for viewing at the following locations:

  • Brodie Resource Library
    216 South Brodie Street
    Thunder Bay, Ontario

  • Greenstone Public Library - Geraldton Branch
    405 Second Street West
    Geraldton, Ontario

  • Greenstone Public Library - Nakina Branch
    216 North Street
    Nakina, Ontario

  • Timmins Public Library
    320 Second Avenue
    Timmins, Ontario

  • Sioux Lookout Public Library
    21 Fifth Avenue
    Sioux Lookout, Ontario

  • Pickle Lake Municipal Office
    2 Anne Street South
    Pickle Lake, Ontario

Will there be more opportunities to participate?

This is the second federal comment period for the project. The project will benefit from several other opportunities for the public and Indigenous groups to participate throughout the impact assessment process.

Stay updated by following the Agency on Twitter: @IAAC_AEIC #WebequieSupplyRoad

What is the proposed project?

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.

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