Archived - Construction of port infrastructures for the Nunavik Nickel Project, Deception Bay, Nunavik

Déception, Baie (QC)

Reasons for a Federal Assessment
Project Description
Final Decision

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Reference Numbers

Canadian Environmental Assessment Registry: 12-01-66172
Fisheries and Oceans Canada: 11‑HQUE‑LZ1‑00072
Environment Canada: ÉE ouvert également

Environmental Assessment Type


Other Assessment Process

James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement Regime

Responsible or Regulated Authorities

Environment Canada
Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Reasons for a Federal Assessment

On January 18, 2012, 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 and Environment Canada considered taking action in relation to subsection 127(1) of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act.

Project Description (as posted in the Notice of Commencement)

The promoter, Canadian Royalties, is considering the construction of port infrastructure and the dredging and disposal at sea of dredged sediments. The main port facilities are the wharf, warehouse and conveyor for the transshipment of ore onto the docked ship. Construction of the ore storage warehouse will require blasting. As for the construction of the wharf, it is expected that sediment dredging will be carried out 24/7 for a period of approximately three to four months. There are also plans to dredge 250,000 m3 of sediment to clear the rock and install the foundations of the access road and the wharf, to the depths needed to accommodate the berthing vessels. The dredged sediment will be transported by barges and tugs to the marine disposal site.

The project scope includes all components of the project as submitted by the proponent. The project scope also includes the related works and activities required for the implementation of these components. The project scope includes all other works, temporary structures and activities directly related to these components and their maintenance, e.g. works for temporarily diverting water, maintenance dredging, erosion control, etc.

Final Decision

On July 6, 2012, the new Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 came into force which replaced the former Canadian Environmental Assessment Act. As a result, there is no longer a requirement to complete the environmental assessment of this project.