Information and Consultation Process
We commit to completing this natural gas project diligently and transparently, while providing fact-based communications of the project characteristics.
We will carry out a robust and constructive information and consultation process, as we believe it is important to involve local communities at various levels of the project.
We will strive to minimize impacts through the following approach:
- Inform and listen to community stakeholders in order to improve the project
- Involve local communities so they can validate the route and impacts
- Develop the project based on feedback received and changes made to the project
- Integrate, in the environmental and social impact assessment, the concerns and comments expressed
From the outset, Gazoduq has ensured that it effectively engages with Indigenous communities enabling them to, amongst others, assess the project’s impact on their traditional activities. Discussions, which are part of a broad consultation process, will be continued until the gas transmission line is in service and thereafter.
In addition to the discussions with Indigenous communities, the Gazoduq team met with a couple hundred organizations and 600 citizens in 2019 with the objective of building relationships of trust. These meetings have increased our team’s knowledge of the territory, as we continue to strive to minimize the project’s environmental and social impacts, and to increase its positive benefits for host communities.
The initial purpose of the consultation process was to work with communities to determine a preferred planning area which strives to minimize impacts within a study corridor. This corridor was voluntarily located far away from densely populated areas and took into account many sensitive areas such as Lac Saint-Jean, the Gouin Reservoir, Lac Abitibi and woodland caribou distribution ranges, as well as protected and recreational areas (ZEC, outfitting operations, etc.). In response to requests from communities, the 780-km preferred planning area was established with the intention of avoiding wildlife habitats and biodiversity reserves, parks, known protected areas, areas of ecological interest, lakes and known municipal drinking water supply protection areas.
To access the meeting minutes from the last public information and consultation sessions, click here.