Public Notice
Michel Coal Project — Participant Funding Available

June 16, 2020 — The Impact Assessment Agency of Canada (the Agency) is making funding available through its Participant Funding Program to assist the public participation in the federal environmental assessment for the proposed Michel Coal Project, located southeast of Sparwood, British Columbia.

Funding is available for eligible individuals and groups to assist their participation in the environmental assessment, including reviewing and providing comments on the Environmental Impact Statement or its summary, the draft Environmental Assessment Report, and the potential environmental assessment conditions.

Applications received by July 16, 2020, will be considered. Recipients and the amount of funding allocated will be announced at a later date.

The Agency recognizes that it is more challenging to undertake meaningful public engagement in light of the circumstances arising from COVID-19. The Agency continues to assess the situation, make adjustments to consultation activities, and is providing flexibility as needed in order to prioritize the health and safety of all Canadians, while fulfilling its responsibility to conduct meaningful engagement with interested groups.

To apply for funding, complete the Application Form Application form - Environmental assessments undertaken by the Agency available on the Agency's website at under Funding Programs. For more information, contact the Participant Funding Program by writing to, or by calling 1-866-582-1884.

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The Proposed Project

North Coal Limited (formerly CanAus Coal Ltd.), a wholly owned subsidiary of Australia's North Coal Pty Ltd., proposes to construct, operate, decommission and abandon a metallurgical coal mine located approximately 15 kilometres southeast of Sparwood, British Columbia, in the Elk Valley. As proposed, the Michel Coal Project would include two open-pits and would produce between 2.3 and 4 million tonnes of raw coal per year over a 25-year mine life.

More information on this project is available on the Canadian Impact Assessment Registry website, Registry reference number 80110.

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