CLCOI Road B Sewer and Water

The project involves a design for a future subdivision of 36 single family dwelling units on "Road B" in the community of Cross Lake, Manitoba. In support of the project, WSP was retained to provide a geotechnical investigation, topographical survey, project supervision, base plan, and support during the Project Planning Phase, Project Design Phase, Construction Phase, and Commissioning Phase. WSP's scope of work also involves advancing gravel driveways and linear infrastructure. The buildings (i.e. houses) are to be completed by another company. It is proposed that there will be a gravel road access and driveways to each lot. The lot sizing for the 36 units is approximately 100' wide by 150' deep. It is proposed that the subdivision is serviced by piped sewer and water for the 36 units, and has fire protection. The entirety of the project footprint for the road and future
housing is contained within a previously cleared area, surrounded by forest and near a residential area. No significant vegetation (trees or shrubs) has been retained as the area was previously cleared. The project area is located within the Hayes River Upland ecodistrict of Manitoba. In the past, the project area consisted of a boreal forested natural state with wetlands.  Currently, it is a mostly developed area, with residential homes nearby. Based on a previous geotechnical investigation WSP completed at a nearby property in support of another project, the potential frost penetration depth is about 3.4 metres. Geotechnical reports completed for previous project at Cross Lake found the
dominant soil type to be silty clay. Overburden materials commonly encountered included organics, clay/granular fill, silty clay, silt, and sand. Previous geotechnical reports conducted within the vicinity of the project site identified the depth of groundwater to vary with water seepage identified during test pitting that ranged from near surface seepage to depth of 4.57 meters below
ground surface to no seepage. Actual groundwater depths can vary seasonally and in response to major weather events. Raw drinking water for the Cross Lake community is obtained from the Nelson River (surface water) and treated at their water treatment plants. Refer to the attached drawing for the proposed project area.

WSP's scope of work on the project includes (*housing to be completed as future phase*):
• Project supervision
• Geotechnical assessment and report

• Topographical survey
• Produce a base plan to advance "Road B" south of the camp
• Project Planning Phase
• Project Design Phase
• Construction Phase
• Commissioning Phase
• Advancing gravel driveways and linear infrastructure
• Fire protection servicing

Project activities including construction of roads/driveways, lot foundations and water and sewer pipelines will not produce
construction waste. Any soil stockpiles created during grading of the project area will be reused on site (i.e. no soil removed
from site) and any wood used for concrete foundation forms will be reused for other construction projects or will be used as
firewood for the community. 

The following is the anticipated schedule for the project works:
• 33% design and design brief August 24, 2023
• 66% design October 4, 2023
• 99% design November 16, 2023
• Tender (invitational to MDC)
• Award January 2024
• Mobilization May 2024
• Construction substantial completion anticipated September 2024


Latest update

Oct 13, 2023 – Indigenous Services Canada issued its Notice of Determination and determined that the project is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.


Key documents

Key documents
Document Number Document Title File Date
2 CLCOI Road B Sewer and Water - October 13, 2023
1 Notice of Intent to Make a Determination - Start of Public Comment Period - June 22, 2023


Environment Management and Planning
Ayonniyi Dehinbo, Senior Environmental Specialist
365 Hargrave
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 3A3
Telephone: 431-334-6471

  • Location

    • Cross Lake Band of Indians (Manitoba)
  • Nature of Activity

    • Highways and Roads
  • Assessment Status

  • Start Date

  • Proponent

    Cross Lake Band of Indians
  • Authorities

    • Indigenous Services Canada
  • Assessment Type

    Project on federal lands
  • Reference Number


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