Poplar River Bridge Replacement

Poplar River First Nation (PRFN) requires the construction of a new bridge to facilitate commuting and heavy load transport for the community. The existing Poplar River and Franklin River bridges have existing load restrictions and therefore do not meet community servicing needs. This project will involve the rehabilitation of the Poplar River Bridge to facilitate commuter use, and the Franklin River bridge will be converted to a pedestrian only bridge. A new bridge will be constructed over the Franklin River to service the heavy load and commuting needs of the PRFN community.

The new bridge requires piers to be placed in the water, as a single span structure was not feasible for the community. Temporary rock causeways will be required to drive the pier piles within the channel. All of these works below the high water mark have the potential to impact fish and fish habitat, with the piers resulting in a permanent loss of fish habitat within Franklin River.

Latest update

January 16, 2024 – Indigenous Services Canada and Transport Canada have issued its Notice of Determination and determined that the project is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.



Key documents

Key documents
Document Number Document Title File Date
3 Notice of Determination - January 16, 2024
2 Public Comment Period on Intent to Make a Determination - Transport Canada - November 24, 2023
1 Public Comment Period on Intent to Make a Determination - September 20, 2022


Indigenous Services Canada
Angela Bidinosti, Senior Environmental Officer
200-365 Hargrave Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 3A3
Telephone: 204-984-0964
Fax: 204-983-2936
Email: angela.bidinosti@canada.ca

Transport Canada
Melissa Fraser, Acting Senior Regional Environmental Advisor, Environmental Programs, Prairie and Northern Region
344 Edmonton Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 2L4
Telephone: 204-227-3329
Email: melissa.fraser@tc.gc.ca

  • Location

    • Poplar River First Nation (Manitoba)
  • Nature of Activity

    • Bridges
  • Assessment Status

  • Start Date

  • Proponent

    Poplar River First Nation
  • Authorities

    • Indigenous Services Canada
  • Assessment Type

    Project on federal lands
  • Reference Number


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