New Fibre Installation

The Proposed Project

Smith's Landing First Nation and Northwestel plan to install underground and aerial fiber optic cabling, for Internet purposes, to all residential homes in Smith's Landing First Nation (Thabacha Náre 196A) and Fitzgerald Settlement (Smith's Landing First Nation) (Thebathi 196). The project involves the installation of approximately 7.5 km of underground and/or aerial fiber optic cable along highway 48 starting from Pine Lake road, and along local roads in Fitzgerald Settlement. Existing pole infrastructure will be used for aerial fibre placement where possible and otherwise the fiber will be buried using directional drilling, trenching, or using existing conduits as required.

Latest update

Notice of Determination


April  22, 2024 - Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada has determined that the proposed project is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.


This determination was based on a consideration of the following factors:

  • relevant potential environmental effects;
  • comments received from the public; and
  • technically and economically feasible mitigation measures.


Mitigation and monitoring measures taken into account for this determination included active and adaptive management measures that would be implemented for the protection of the local environment. Based on the consideration of these measures, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada is satisfied that that the carrying out of the project is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.


Therefore, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada may carry out the project, exercise any power, perform any duty or function, or provide financial assistance to enable the project to be carried out in whole or in part.


Key documents

Key documents
Document Number Document Title File Date
2 Notice of Determination - April 22, 2024
1 Notice of Intent to Make a Determination - Start of Public Comment Period - March 19, 2024


Innovation Science Economic Development Canada
Jacinthe Moreau, Technical Officer, Connected Canada Branch
235 Queen Street
1st Floor West Tower, CD Howe Building
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0H5

  • Location

    • Project site 1: Thabacha Náre 196A & Thebathi 196 (Alberta)
  • Nature of Activity

    • Other, not otherwise specified
  • Assessment Status

  • Start Date

  • Proponent

    Smith's Landing First Nation
  • Authorities

    • Innovation, Science and Economic Development
  • Assessment Type

    Project on federal lands
  • Reference Number


This map is for illustrative purposes. The markers represent the approximate locations based on available data. More than one marker may be identified for a given assessment.


Nearby assessments

...within 200 kilometres
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