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From the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency to Prodigy Gold Incorporated re: Conformity of the Environmental Impact Statement

Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
Ontario Regional Office
55 St. Clair Avenue East, Room 907
Toronto, ON M2T 1M2

Agence canadienne d'évaluation environnementale
Bureau régional de l'Ontario
55, avenue St-Clair est, bureau 907
Toronto (Ontario) M4T 1M2

July 10, 2017

Sent by E-mail

Mr. William Napier
Vice President, Prodigy Gold Incorporated
Box 209, 3 Dree Road
Dubreuilville, ON
P0S 1B0

Dear Mr. Napier,

SUBJECT: Commencement of federal technical review of the Environmental Impact Statement for the Magino Gold Project

Thank you for submitting a revised Magino Gold Project Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) on June 15, 2017. The Agency reviewed the revised EIS to determine whether it conforms to the Guidelines for the Preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement pursuant to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 for the Magino Gold Project (EIS Guidelines), which were issued to you on November 13, 2013.

The Agency has concluded that the revised EIS sufficiently conforms with the EIS Guidelines and hereby advises you that the Agency is commencing the technical review of the revised EIS. Conformance with the EIS Guidelines does not imply that the information provided is adequate to support the environmental assessment. The Agency expects to require further information once it has conducted a technical review. As of July 10, 2017, the federal legal timeline has re-started. July 11, 2017, marks the first day lapsed.

Please note that the revised EIS summary will be posted on the Canadian Environmental Assessment Registry Internet Site to invite comments by the public and Indigenous peoples during the public comment period, which begins on July 11, 2017, and will end on August 10, 2017.

The Agency notes that the assessment of effects to the current use of lands and resources by Indigenous peoples for traditional purposes lacked the depth of analysis that would be expected, taking into account the information presented in response to IRC-2. The Agency expects that this may result in additional Information Requirements (IRs) issued to you based on the results of the technical review conducted by federal reviewers, and on input received from public and Indigenous participants during the public comment period.

In accordance with subsections 27(6) and 23(2) of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 (CEAA 2012), the period that is taken by a proponent to comply with the information requirements is not included in the calculation of the time limit within which the Minister's decision must be made.

For more information on the approach to managing federal environmental assessment timelines, please consult the Agency's "Operational Policy Statement: Information Requests and Timelines, February 2016" at

Should Prodigy Gold have any questions regarding the technical review of the revised EIS, please contact me at 437-999-9046 or via e-mail at


<Original signed by>

Ian Martin
Project Manager
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, Ontario Region

Amiel Blajchman – Manager, Sustainability, Magino Gold Project
Fernand Beaulac – Manager, Federal EA Process, Magino Gold Project
Carla Stevens – Major Projects Management Office

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