Public Notice

Regional Assessment of Offshore Wind Development in Newfoundland and Labrador and Nova Scotia

Comment Period on the Draft Agreements and Draft Terms of Reference

What is happening?

October 12, 2022 — The Impact Assessment Agency of Canada (the Agency) is conducting the planning phase for the Regional Assessment of Offshore Wind Development in Newfoundland and Labrador and Nova Scotia.

As part of this work, the Agency is holding a public comment period on the draft Agreements and draft Terms of Reference for the regional assessment. Indigenous Peoples, non-governmental organizations and the public are invited to review and provide feedback on three documents:

The Agency, Natural Resources Canada and the Governments of Newfoundland and Labrador, and Nova Scotia worked together to develop the draft Agreements. They describe how the federal and provincial governments will cooperate throughout the regional assessment process.

The parties have also developed a draft Terms of Reference that describes how the process will be conducted in both provinces. It sets out the goal, objectives, activities and planned outcomes of the assessment, as well as key aspects of its governance and administration.

How can I participate?

Comments should be submitted online by visiting the regional assessment's home page on the Canadian Impact Assessment Registry (reference number 83514). The draft Agreements and associated Terms of Reference can also be found on the Registry.

Written comments in either official language will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. on November 26, 2022. All comments received will be published online as part of the regional assessment file.

Participants who wish to ask the Agency a question, or provide their input in a different format, can contact the Agency by writing to

Will there be more opportunities to participate?

Following the comment period, all feedback received will be considered in developing the final Agreements and Terms of Reference for the regional assessment.

Additional opportunities for Indigenous Peoples and the public to participate in the regional assessment process will be announced in the future.

Stay updated on this regional assessment by following the Agency on Twitter: @IAAC_AEIC #OffshoreWind

For media inquiries, contact the Agency's media relations team by writing to, or by calling 343-549-3870.

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