February 26, 2020 – Transport Canada has determined that the proposed installation of a submarine fibre optic cable is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.

This determination was based on a consideration of the following factors:
•    impacts on rights of Indigenous peoples;
•    Indigenous knowledge;
•    community knowledge;
•    comments received from the public; and
•    technically and economically feasible mitigation measures.

Mitigation measures taken into account for this determination are:
•    An erosion and sediment control plan will be implemented for work at Ridley Island.
•    A marine mammal monitor will be onboard the vessel during cable laying activities.
•    Vessel speed will be less than 2 knots.
•    A standard communication protocol for commercial vessel operations, including Notice to Mariners (NOTMAR) and frequent security broadcasts on VHF radio, will be implemented.
•    A site-specific archaeological chance find management plan will be in place prior to ground disturbing activities on Ridley Island.
•    Measures recommended by DFO to avoid and mitigate the potential for prohibited effects to fish and fish habitat will be implemented.

Transport Canada is satisfied that the carrying out of the project is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects. Therefore, Transport 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.

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