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NOTICE OF SUBMISSION OF MANDATES Environmental assessment of the Northern Road Link project:

Marten Falls First Nation (MFFN) and Webequie First Nation (WFN) have prepared Terms of Reference (TOR) for an Individual Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Northern Road Link Project (“the Project”). The terms of reference have been submitted to the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) for review, as required by the Ontario Environmental Assessment Act, RSO 1990, c. E.18. If approved, the terms of reference will serve as the framework for the preparation and review of the project EA. As part of the submission process, Indigenous communities, the public, organizations and other interested parties are encouraged to review the Terms of Reference and submit comments to the MECP.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION
The communities of MFFN and WFN are remote Aboriginal communities in Northwestern Ontario and are currently not accessible by all-weather roads. The proposed project is a multi-use road and associated infrastructure between the proposed Marten Falls Community Access Road (MFCAR) and the proposed Webequie Supply Road (WSR). The project will connect the Ring of Fire mineral deposits in the McFaulds Lake area to the road network via the proposed MFCAR, by constructing a new all-weather multi-use road approximately 117 km to 164 km in length (depending on the corridor). The project would promote economic activity by facilitating the transportation of goods, services and resources. The preliminary route variants of the Northern Road Link deferred to the environmental assessment are shown in the attached figure.

THE PROCESS
MFFN and WFN have entered into a voluntary agreement with the MECP to bring the project under Ontario’s Environmental Assessment Act. Proposal
The Terms of Reference reviewed comments received by MFFN and WFN on the draft Terms of Reference. The proposed terms of reference include an overview of the studies, the assessment of the alternatives to be considered, and the consultation activities that will be carried out during the EA. If approved by the Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks, the terms of reference will serve as the framework for the preparation and review of the EA of the proposed project. Important elements of the EA will be to evaluate alternatives, assess potential effects, and determine measures to reduce or mitigate those effects.

REVIEW OF PROPOSED MANDATE
Indigenous community members, the public, organizations and other interested parties are encouraged to review the proposed terms of reference and provide
comments from From April 29 to June 28, 2022.

The proposed terms of reference can be viewed on the project website at https://northernroadlink.ca/terms/ and hard copies will be available for review at local First Nations community band offices, as well as at following public viewing:

PUBLIC VIEWING PLACES

  • Thunder Bay Public Library (Waverly Community Hub) – 285 Red River Road, Thunder Bay
  • Sioux Lookout Municipal Office – 25 Fifth Avenue, Sioux Lookout
  • City of Timmins Public Library (Main Branch) – 320 Second Avenue, Timmins
  • Greenstone Public Library (Branch of the Elsie Dugard Centennial Public Library) – 405 Second Street West, Geraldton
  • Greenstone Public Library (Longlac Public Library Branch) – 110 Kenogami Road, Longlac

SUBMISSION OF COMMENTS
Your comments regarding the ToR should be submitted to the MECP before 5:00 p.m. on June 28, 2022. All comments should be submitted to:

Sasha McLeod and Dorothy Moszynski
Special Projects Officers
Department of Environment, Conservation and Parks – Environmental Assessment Branch
135 St. Clair Avenue West, 1st Floor
Toronto, Ontario M4V 1P5
Phone. : 416-268-5984/437-247-9628
Fax: 416-314-8452
Email: [email protected] and [email protected]

A copy of all comments submitted to the MECP will be forwarded to the proponent for review. For more information regarding this project, please contact:

Michael Fox
Project Co-Lead – Regional Consultation
690 Mountain Road, Suite 200
Fort William First Nation, Ontario P7J 1G8
Phone. : 1-888-515-3607
email: [email protected]

Qasim Sadistic
Project Co-Lead – Regional Consultation
690 Mountain Road, Suite 200
Fort William First Nation, Ontario P7J 1G8
Phone. : 1-888-515-3607
email: [email protected]

All personal information included in a submission – such as name, address, phone number and property location – is collected, maintained and disclosed by the Department of Environment, Conservation and Parks for the purposes of transparency and consultation. The information is collected under the authority of the Environmental Assessment Act or is collected and retained for the purpose of creating a record accessible to the general public, as described in s. 37 of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. The personal information you submit will become part of a public record accessible to the general public, unless you request that your personal information be kept confidential. For more information, please contact the Department of Environment, Conservation and Parks Freedom of Information and Privacy Coordinator at 416-314-4075.

This Notice was first published on April 27, 2022. – NRL001-NRL-PR-PUN-0005 NRL- ToR Submission Notice-2022-04-27