Current status

You can comment on the terms of reference for the Northern Road Link environmental assessment until 5:00 p.m. on June 28, 2022.

Learn how to submit a comment.

Project summary

Marten Falls First Nation and Webequie First Nation are proposing to build, operate and maintain an all-season multi-use road and associated infrastructure between the community access road that has been proposed by Marten Falls First Nation and the supply road that has been proposed by Webequie First Nation.

The new road would connect to the proposed Ring of Fire mining development area.

Both Marten Falls First Nation and Webequie First Nation have signed a voluntary agreement with the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks for their projects to follow the individual environmental assessment process under Ontario’s Environmental Assessment Act for the proposed Northern Road Link.

Learn more on the Northern Road Link project website.

Proponent

Marten Falls First Nation and Webequie First Nation

Location

Northern Ontario (from the proposed Marten Falls community access road to the proposed Ring of Fire mining development area)

Project type

Transportation

Reference number

20019

Contact

Sasha McLeod, Environmental Assessment Branch

Dorothy Moszynski, Environmental Assessment Branch

Project history

Terms of reference: submitted
Date submitted: April 29, 2022
Expiry of public comment period: June 28, 2022

Voluntary agreement: signed
Signature date: October 28, 2020

Terms of reference

Marten Falls First Nation and Webequie First Nation have submitted a terms of reference for the Northern Road Link environmental assessment. The terms of reference outlines how the assessment will be completed, including studies and consultation plans.

The Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks must approve the terms of reference before the environmental assessment can begin.

Submit a comment

We encourage members of the public, agencies, Indigenous communities and other interested persons to actively participate in the environmental assessment process.

Read the notice of submission to learn how to review the terms of reference and submit your comments.

The commenting period closes at 5:00 p.m. on June 28, 2022.

Voluntary agreement

Projects by First Nation proponents are not automatically subject to the Environmental Assessment Act. A voluntary agreement is an administrative agreement that allows a proponent to follow the requirements of the Environmental Assessment Act.

On October 28, 2020, Marten Falls First Nation and Webequie First Nation entered into a voluntary agreement with the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks to make the Northern Road Link project subject to the requirements of the Environmental Assessment Act.

Agreement

This agreement is made in triplicate,

Among:

Marten Falls First Nation and its agents, successors and permitted assigns

And:

Webequie First Nation and its agents, successors and permitted assigns

(collectively “Proponents”, individually “Proponent”)

And:

Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Ontario as represented by the Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks

(collectively, the “Parties”)

Concerning

The proposed construction, operation and maintenance of an all-season multi-use road and all associated infrastructure, between the community access road that has been proposed by Marten Falls First Nation and the supply road that has been proposed by Webequie First Nation, and connecting to the proposed Ring of Fire mining development area. The proposal is known as the Northern Road Link Project (“Undertaking”).

Whereas section 3.0.1 of the Environmental Assessment Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. E.18 (“Environmental Assessment Act”) states:

A person, other than a person referred to in clause 3 (a), who carries out, proposes to carry out or is the owner or person having charge, management or control of an enterprise or activity or a proposal, plan or program in respect of an enterprise or activity may enter into a written agreement with the Minister to have this Act apply to the enterprise, activity, proposal, plan or program;

And whereas the Proponents are persons, other than persons referred to in clause 3 (a) of the Environmental Assessment Act, who propose to carry out or are the owners or persons having charge, management or control of an enterprise or activity or a proposal, plan or program in respect of an enterprise or activity which is described above as the Undertaking;

And whereas the Proponents have requested that the Environmental Assessment Act apply to the Undertaking, such that the Proponents will carry out an environmental assessment process in respect of the Undertaking.

The Minister and the Proponents therefore agree that the Environmental Assessment Act applies to the Undertaking.

The assignment of the whole or any part of the Agreement shall require the written agreement of all Parties. Such assignment shall be subject to any terms and conditions that may be agreed to by the Parties.

The Agreement may be executed by the Parties in counterparts and may be executed and delivered by facsimile or other electronic means and all the counterparts and facsimile or other electronic transmissions together constitute one and the same agreement.

The Agreement shall take effect from the date of the last signature below and shall continue indefinitely unless terminated by the agreement of all Parties, in writing.

Executed by:

Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Ontario as represented by the Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks

Original signed by:

Jeff Yurek
Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks
Date: October 28, 2020

Bruce Achneepineskum
Chief, Marten Falls First Nation
Date: October 14, 2020
I have the authority to bind Marten Falls First Nation.

Cornelius Wabasse
Chief, Webequie First Nation
Date: October 9, 2020
I have the authority to bind Webequie First Nation.