Public Notice
Boat Harbour Remediation Project — Public Comments Invited

What is happening?

December 17, 2020 – The Impact Assessment Agency of Canada (the Agency) is conducting a federal environmental assessment for the proposed Boat Harbour Remediation Project, located next to Pictou Landing First Nation and five kilometres east of Pictou, Nova Scotia.

The public and Indigenous groups are invited to comment on the potential environmental effects of the project and the proposed measures to prevent or mitigate those effects as described in the proponent's summary of the Environmental Impact Statement.

The Agency recognizes it is more challenging to undertake meaningful public engagement and Indigenous consultation in light of the circumstances arising from COVID-19. The Agency continues to assess the situation, adjust consultation activities and provide flexibility as needed in order to prioritize the health and safety of all Canadians and conduct meaningful engagement with interested groups.

How can I participate?

You can submit comments online during the 45-day period by visiting the project home page on the Canadian Impact Assessment Registry (reference number 80164). All comments received will be published online as part of the project file.

Written comments in either official language will be accepted until January 31, 2021.

To view the summary of the Environmental Impact Statement or for more information, visit the Agency's website at

Will there be more opportunities to participate?

This is the third of four opportunities for the public to comment on the environmental assessment of the project.

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What is the proposed project?

Nova Scotia Lands Inc. is proposing the remediation of Boat Harbour and nearby lands, located next to Pictou Landing First Nation and five kilometres east of Pictou, Nova Scotia. In 1967, the provincial government constructed the Boat Harbour Effluent Treatment Facility to treat effluent from industrial sources and in the process, reconstructed a natural tidal estuary into a closed effluent stabilization basin. The Government of Nova Scotia closed the facility in January 2020 and as part of the remediation work, hazardous waste-bearing sediment from the facility would be removed and stored on-site in an existing hazardous waste landfill.

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