Connected Coast Network on Federal Lands - Oona River to Port Hardy

The Connected Coast Partnership was formed as a joint venture between CityWest and the Strathcona Regional District with public funding and a mandate to design, build and operate the Connected Coast subsea fibre-optic network in coastal British Columbia (the Project).

The entire cable system will come ashore to connect to power infrastructure at over 139 landing sites. The fibre optic network will improve the access, capacity, affordability, and reliability of internet and other telecom services for residents in rural and remote communities. The Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) also requested the addition of their lifeboat and light house stations across BC. Due to the large geographical extent of the Project, it has been broken into blocks, and packages, of which this assessment focuses on those landing sites on federal land in Block 3 Package 2 and 5 (B3P2, B3P5).

The portion of the Project that involves federal lands entails the installation of a submarine fibre optic cable network between Oona River and Addenbroke with two branches extending to Kitimat and McInnes Island. There are 15 landing sites on route, 9 of which are on Canadian Coast Guard sites.

 The 9 Canadian Coast Guard sites between Oona River to Port Hardy (B3P2 and B3P5) are currently under review by the Canadian Coast Guard and Fisheries and Oceans Canada. The sites are on federal land, and as such, under the jurisdiction of CCG and DFO. 

 

The sites include:

  • Boat Bluff Lightstation
  • Ivory Island Lightstation
  • McInnes Island Lightstation
  • Dryad Point Lightstation
  • Addenbroke Island Lightstation
  • Bella Bella (Denny Island) Search and Rescue Station
  • Egg Island Lightstation
  • Pine Island Lightstation
  • Scarlett Point Lightstation

Works, undertakings, and activities at these locations consist of the landing and marine lay construction and will occur both above and below the high water mark (HWM) as well as during in-water and out-of-water tidal conditions. Works to be performed include the installation of power infrastructure and vaults, potential vegetation clearing, installation of conduit and split pipe and installation of marine cable.

 

Locations:

Site Name

Latitude

Longitude

Boat Bluff CCG (Light House Station)

52° 38.573'N

128° 31.413'W

Bella Bella (Denny Island) CCG

Search and Rescue Life Boat Station

52° 9.216'N

128° 7.398'W

Dryad Point CCG (Light House Station)

52° 11.107'N

128° 6.733'W

Ivory Island CCG (Light House Station)

52° 16.187'N

128° 24.374'W

McInnes Island CCG (Light House Station)

52° 15.680'N

128° 43.383'W

 

Addenbroke Island CCG (Light House Station)

51°36'12.25"N

127°51'50.27"W

Egg Island CCG (Light House Station)

51°14'58.35"N

127°50'3.82"W

Pine Island CCG (Light House Station)

50°58'32.47"N

127°43'41.51"W

Scarlett Point CCG (Light House Station)

50°51'37.26"N

127°36'44.00"W


Disclaimer

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.

 

Latest update

December 19, 2021 – The public comment period on the project and its potential for causing adverse effects is closed. DFO and CCG are considering comments received to inform its determination on whether the project is likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.

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Contacts

Canadian Coast Guard, Western
Adam Cochrane, E&I Engineering Manager
25 Huron Street
Victoria, British Columbia V8V 4V9
Telephone: 250-413-2853
Email: Adam.Cochrane@dfo-mpo.gc.ca


  • Location

    • Boat Bluff CCG Lightstation (and 8 other sites) (British Columbia)
  • Nature of Activity

    • Other, not otherwise specified
  • Assessment Status

    Completed
  • Start Date

    2021-10-05
  • Proponent

    Strathcona Regional District Connected Coast Network Corporation
  • Authorities

    • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Assessment Type

    Project on federal lands
  • Reference Number

    83187

Nearby assessments

..within 200 kilometres
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