Hiawatha First Nation Retirement Residences

The Proposed Project

Hiawatha First Nation is proposing the construction of an Elder's Lodge, which will be situated on the north shores of Rice Lake in the community. The new development will comprise of 15 units built across 3 separate buildings. All buildings comprising of the Elder's Lodge will be built to net zero energy performance. The complex will also include a small communal building to host cultural teachings, ceremonies, promote knowledge transfer between Elders and youth, and exhibit archeological artifacts from the site. Activities for this project will include:

  • The servicing of fifteen (15) lots in preparation for construction of the lodge;
  • Excavation and backfilling for the footing, foundations, and interior of all buildings, electrical trenches, sidewalks and curbs, roadways and parking, septic field bed water and sewer services, and storm water services;
  • Installation of all services including electrical, septic field bed, water services, sewer services, and storm water services;
  • The construction of two (2) 6-plex apartment buildings (583 m2 each), one (1) 3-plex apartment building (292 m2), and one (1) community building (92 m2). The total size of these buildings will total approximately 1550 m2.
  • All civil work including asphalt roadway and parking lot construction, concrete sidewalk and curb construction, landscaping and earthworks.

It has been noted that areas adjacent of the project location have previously been inhabited by multiple Species at Risk (SAR). The shore line just outside the project area contains critical habitat for various SAR vegetation, birds and reptiles. Although no species at risk have yet been identified within the project area, the proponent intends to create mitigation measures to avoid harming these species and their habitat that will be included in the final determination.

A potential archeological site has also been identified in the project area and an archeological assessment is in progress.


Latest update

End of Public Comment Period

October 20, 2023 – The public period on the project is closed. Indigenous Services Canada is considering comments received to help inform its determination on whether the carrying out of the project is likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.



Indigenous Services Canada - Ontario
Shawn Green, Environment Officer
655 Bay St, Suite 700
Toronto, Ontario M5G 2K4
Telephone: 416-973-1298
Email: shawn.green@canada.ca

  • Location

    • Hiawatha First Nation (Ontario)
  • Nature of Activity

    • Building and Property Development
  • Assessment Status

    In progress
  • Start Date

  • Proponent

    Hiawatha First Nation
  • Authorities

    • Indigenous Services Canada
    • Infrastructure Canada
  • Assessment Type

    Project on federal lands
  • Reference Number


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.


Nearby assessments

...within 200 kilometres
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