New Fibre Installation

Matawa First Nations Management plans to install underground fiber optic cabling, for Internet purposes, to all residential homes in the communities of Calstock (Constance Lake), Long Lake No. 58 First Nation, and Ginoogaming First Nation. The project involves the installation of approximately 365 kilometers of underground and aerial fiber optic cable beginning from Aroland along the edge of Crib Extension Road to the intersection of Highway 584 and Crib Road, fibre installation continues down Crib Road to Long Lake No. 58. Fibre continues along the intersection of Highway 11 to Calstock (Constance Lake). As well as 72 km of underground buried and aerial fibre to be deployed through Wunnumin Lake No.1 and No.2.


The cable is to be buried by directional drilling, trenching, or using existing conduits, or a combination of these methods in existing roadway alignments. Furthermore, cable is to be attached to existing or new support structures such as utility/telephone poles that parallel existing roadways. Support structures may require structural improvements to support cable attachments.


Latest update

Notice of Determination


April  03, 2024 - Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada has determined that the proposed project is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.


This determination was based on a consideration of the following factors:

  • relevant potential environmental effects;
  • comments received from the public; and
  • technically and economically feasible mitigation measures.


Mitigation and monitoring measures taken into account for this determination included active and adaptive management measures that would be implemented for the protection of the local environment. Based on the consideration of these measures, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada is satisfied that that the carrying out of the project is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.


Therefore, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada may carry out the project, exercise any power, perform any duty or function, or provide financial assistance to enable the project to be carried out in whole or in part.


Key documents

Key documents
Document Number Document Title File Date
2 Notice of Determination - April 3, 2024
1 Notice of Intent to Make a Determination - Start of Public Comment Period - March 1, 2024


Innovation Science and Economic Development Canada
Hassan Dahrouj, Technical Officer, Connected Canada Branch
235 Queen Street
1st Floor West Tower, CD Howe Building
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0H5

  • Location

    • Project Site 1 (Ontario)
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    • Project Site 3 (Ontario)
    • Project Site 4 (Ontario)
    • Project Site 5 (Ontario)
  • Nature of Activity

    • Other, not otherwise specified
  • Assessment Status

  • Start Date

  • Proponent

    Matawa First Nations Management
  • Authorities

    • Innovation, Science and Economic Development
  • 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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