Notice of Impact Assessment Decision with Reasons

Ottawa — May 23, 2023 — The Impact Assessment Agency of Canada (the Agency) has decided that an impact assessment is required for the Northern Road Link Project (the Project), proposed by Marten Falls First Nation and Webequie First Nation (jointly referred to as the Proponent), located in northern Ontario.

In accordance with subsection 16(2) of the Impact Assessment Act (IAA), the Agency has taken into account each of the following factors:

  • the Proponent's Detailed Project Description, and its response to the Summary of Issues. The Agency is satisfied that, for the purpose of determining whether an impact assessment is required, this information provided by the Proponent adequately characterizes the potential effects of the Project;
  • the possibility that carrying out the Project may cause adverse effects within federal jurisdiction and adverse direct and incidental effects;
  • adverse impacts that the Project may have on the rights of the Indigenous peoples of Canada recognized and affirmed by section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982; and
  • comments received from the public, Indigenous groups, federal authorities, and other jurisdictions in relation to the Project.

The Strategic Assessment of Climate Change, released in July 2020, was recognized as a strategic assessment conducted under section 95 of the IAA. It applies to projects designated under the IAA.

The planning for a regional assessment in the Ring of Fire area, pursuant to section 93 of the IAA, was acknowledged.

In light of the factors considered, the Agency is of the view that it is possible the Project may cause adverse effects within federal jurisdiction, including potential effects on fish and fish habitat, migratory birds, and changes to the health, social, and economic conditions of Indigenous peoples. The Project may also adversely impact the rights of Indigenous peoples. As a result, the Agency has decided that an impact assessment under the IAA is required.

For further information on this impact assessment, please contact:

Northern Road Link Project
Impact Assessment Agency of Canada
55 York Street, 6th Floor
Toronto, ON M5J 1R7

Document Reference Number: 61

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