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Environmental Assessment

In December 2013, following more than a decade of comprehensive planning, research, review and consultation by VAFFC, the project received an Environmental Assessment Certificate from the B.C. government and an Environmental Decision Statement from Vancouver Fraser Port Authority (acting on behalf of the federal government), allowing the project to proceed to permitting.

The BC Environmental Assessment Office, which led the review, formed a Technical Working Group (TWG) to advise the EAO on issues related to the proposed project’s assessment and to help assess the adequacy of any proposed mitigation measures.

The TWG for this assessment included:

  • Environment Canada
  • Transport Canada
  • Health Canada
  • Department of Fisheries and Oceans
  • Canadian Coast Guard
  • Canadian Wildlife Service
  • Natural Resources Canada
  • Canadian Transportation Agency
  • Vancouver Fraser Port Authority
  • First Nations
  • Metro Vancouver
  • City of Richmond
  • Corporation of Delta
  • BC Oil & Gas Commission
  • BC Utilities Commission
  • BC Ministry of Environment
  • Ministry of Community, Sport & Culture
  • Vancouver Airport Authority


VAFFC Environmental Review Summary




Since 2009, VAFFC has undertaken extensive consultation, including hosting 11 information sessions with approximately 775 people attending, consulting and addressing concerns of 12 First Nations, responding to more than 1,200 public comments, and conducting more than 100 federal, provincial, and municipal stakeholder meetings.

The most recent sessions were in 2015 and 2016.


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