Laurentia Project : Port of Quebec Deep-Water Wharf — Beauport Sector

Minister of Environment and Climate Change's section 52 decision under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012

June 10, 2021 — As part of its assessment of the Laurentia Project: Deepwater Wharf in the Port of Quebec - Beauport Sector, the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada concluded that the project is likely to cause significant adverse direct and cumulative environmental effects on fish and fish habitat, air quality and human health, current use of lands and resources for traditional purposes, and socio-economic conditions. The project could also have significant direct and cumulative adverse impact on First Nations' Aboriginal rights.

Pursuant to subsection 52(1) of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, after taking into account the Impact Assessment Agency's Environmental Assessment Report and the mitigation measures described therein, decided that the Laurentia Project is likely to cause direct and cumulative significant adverse environmental effects on components identified by the Agency, namely fish and fish habitat, air quality and human health, current use of land and resources for traditional purposes, and socio-economic conditions.

The Minister must now refer the matter to the Governor-in-Council who will determine if the significant adverse environmental effects are justified in the circumstances pursuant to subsection 52(4) of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012.

A final decision on the Project will be informed by available and relevant scientific information and the knowledge provided by Indigenous Peoples involved in the environmental assessment of the Project.

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