Archived - Construction of infrastructure, nickel and copper development, Nunavik-Nickel project, Nunavik

Quebec (QC)

Reasons for a Federal Assessment
Project Description
Final Decision

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Reference Number

Canadian Environmental Assessment Registry: 06-01-19782

Environmental Assessment Type


Other Assessment Process

Government of Québec

Responsible or Regulated Authorities

Environment Canada
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Transport Canada

Reasons for a Federal Assessment

On May 19, 2006, it was determined that an environmental assessment was required in relation to the project because Fisheries and Oceans Canada considered taking action in relation to subsection 35(2) of the Fisheries Act; Environment Canada considered taking action in relation to subsection 127(1) of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act and Transport Canada considered taking action in relation to paragraph 5(1)(a) of the Navigable Waters Protection Act.

Project Description (as posted in the Notice of Commencement)

The Nunavik Nickel project includes plans to build harbour facilities in Déception Bay, a spillway bridge at the outlet of Lake Bombardier and access roads that will require the installation of crossings over several streams, including a bridge over the Puvirnituq River.

The project scope includes the following components: - Construction of a spillway bridge at the outlet of Lake Bombardier; - Stream crossings or structures obstructing navigation, e.g., dams, dikes, bridges and booms; - Construction of harbour facilities in Déception Bay; - At-sea disposal of dredged material. - Related works and activities required to build the infrastructure (e.g., deforestation, dredging, temporary access roads, cofferdams, riprap protection, stone revetment, fill operations, shoreline naturalization areas, etc.).

Final Decision

A decision was taken on November 19, 2008 and was that the authorities may exercise any power or perform any duty or function with respect to the project because, after taking into consideration the screening report and taking into account the implementation of appropriate mitigation measures, the authorities are of the opinion that the project is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.