One of the intentions of the Class EA process is to ensure that, from the earliest stages of planning, decisions are made after careful consideration of environmental benefits and impacts. Consultation with interested and/or affected parties is an essential part of this planning process and provides a mechanism for the proponent to identify and respond to issues before decisions are made and documentation is filed with the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC).

Consultation will take place throughout the study process, including formal opportunities at significant study milestones as well as informal opportunities throughout the process. The consultation program for this study will ensure that the consultation principles of the Class EA are met.

The purpose of consultation activities conducted during this study are to present and address issues and concerns pertaining to the range and types of alternatives to be considered, and to seek input in the development of Class EA process commitments.

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

  • Notices in local newspapers
  • Direct mailings/emails to the project mailing list
  • Communication with stakeholders through mail correspondence, telephone, email and meetings
  • Meetings with local municipalities, First Nations, business owners, agencies, and stakeholder groups in advance of the Public Information Centres (PICs)
  • Two PICs
  • Project web site
  • Meetings with individuals and/or community groups
  • Working with staff at Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte (MBQ) to develop and initiate a consultation/engagement plan with the community of MBQ.

Our goal for public notification is to make sure that the public and all stakeholders are kept informed at key points during the course of the study.