June 29, 2021 — Ottawa — Impact Assessment Agency of Canada
The Government of Canada is committed to developing Canada’s marine transportation sector and creating good middle-class jobs, while recognizing that a strong economy and a clean environment must go hand in hand.
Following a thorough and rigorous environmental assessment, the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada’s (the Agency’s) Environmental Assessment Report concluded that the Laurentia Project: Port of Quebec Deep-Water Wharf – Beauport Sector was likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects to fish and fish habitat, air quality and human health, socio-economic conditions, and the current use of lands and resources for traditional purposed by Indigenous peoples.
Based on these findings and pursuant to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 (CEAA 2012), the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, had referred the project to the Governor in Council to determine if these significant adverse environmental effects were justified in the circumstances. After careful deliberation and review of available and relevant information, the Governor in Council determined the potential significant direct and cumulative adverse environmental effects of the Laurentia Project are not justified in the circumstances.
Today, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change issued a Decision Statement to this effect under CEAA 2012.
Since this decision applies to the Laurentia Project, it does not prevent the Quebec Port Authority from submitting new project proposals and does not preclude potential development. Potential future proposals would be assessed in accordance with the Impact Assessment Act, which came into force in August 2019. The Government of Canada will continue to support Port Authorities and the maritime sector right across the country to generate growth and create jobs in a sustainable way.
The Government of Canada would like to thank all participants for their invaluable comments received throughout the environmental assessment process, as well as all the robust scientific advice received from various experts. This information allowed the Agency to complete a rigorous Environmental Assessment Report, and it is with this information in hand that the Governor in Council was well-positioned to make an informed decision.