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Consultation

Consultation and engagement are important in shaping the outcome of any study.

A significant amount of consultation and engagement was undertaking during the Preliminary Design phase of the project. This included meetings, community workshops and public information centers. These activities greatly assisted shaping the outcome of that study and selecting an alternative that reduced impacts to the local community and environment.

The consultation process for this study will build upon the work completed during Preliminary Design. We will utilize innovative strategies and methods to maximize the outreach and engagement of study stakeholders. This will include Public Information Centres (PICs), community workshops, as well as meetings with municipal and agency staff, members of the public, and First Nations communities.

The overall objectives of our consultation process is to assist in finalizing design details, developing strategies to reduce environmental impacts and better integrate the project into the local surroundings.

Our approach is based on the following principles:

  • Allow for early and ongoing involvement in the study before key decisions are made.
  • Consult with the most directly affected stakeholders.
  • Constructively address the input received.
  • Show how input received has informed the decision making process.
  • Use the appropriate tools and techniques for the various consultation groups.
  • Make all reasonable efforts to proactively resolve concerns.
  • Involve stakeholders, government and the public in the development of solutions.

Our overall approach is intended to foster a two-way dialogue with interested stakeholders which provides a process that is transparent, open, traceable, timely, accountable, respectful and defensible.

The consultation process aims to notify all interested parties of the project and to provide an opportunity for input to the project and decision-making processes. This will be provided through the following:

  • Notices in local newspapers.
  • Mailings/emails to the project mailing list,
  • Communication with stakeholders through mail correspondence, telephone calls, emails and meetings.
  • Meetings with local municipalities, business owners, and provincial/federal agencies.
  • Meeting with First Nations and Indigenous groups.
  • Two Public Information Centres.
  • Two Community Workshops.
  • Project website.

Please use the Contact Us section is you want to be added to our mailing list or have any questions.

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