Preferred Planning Area

Preferred Planning Area

Using the information obtained during the consultation process, our team of experts established a preliminary route within a preferred planning area (PPA) with low potential for social and environmental impacts. Its width varies, but averages about 400 metres.

It is this area that will be inventoried in the environmental impact assessment statement.

The preferred planning area in brief
  • Length: 782 kilometres; width: varies, but averages 400 metres
  • 8 RCMs (Quebec)
  • 2 districts (Ontario)
  • 21 municipalities or unorganized territories
  • 82% public land
  • Approximately 150 private lands
  • Only 7% permanent agricultural zones (Quebec)

Examples of what is avoided (non-exhaustive list)
  • Designated protected parks and areas
  • All lakes and most major rivers
  • Municipal surface water intake protection areas
  • Municipal groundwater protection areas
  • Wildlife habitats and biodiversity reserves
  • Ecological zones of interest identified by the MFFP
  • Teaching, research and experimentation forests
  • Most areas with known recreational tourism activities
  • Archaeological sites
  • Most resort areas
  • Mining leases, exclusive leases and mining concessions