Georgina Island Fixed Link Project

OTTAWA (ON), April 26, 2022 /CNW/ – What is happening?

The Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation proposes the Georgina Island Fixed Link project, a road connection spanning Lake Simcoe from the south end of Georgina Island to the mainland at Georgina, Ontario. The Impact Assessment Agency of Canada invites the public and Indigenous groups to review the Initial Project Description Summary and provide feedback on the proposed project. This feedback will help the Agency prepare a summary of issues and inform its decision on whether this project requires an impact assessment.

How can I participate?

Comments should be submitted online by visiting the project homepage on the Canadian Impact Assessment Registry (reference number 83539). The summary of the initial project description is also available on the Registry. Participants wishing to contribute in a different format or to schedule an online meeting can contact the Agency by writing to [email protected].

Comments written in either official language will be accepted. until May 29, 2022. All comments received will be posted online as part of the project brief.

Participant funding will be available to eligible participants during this comment period and details will be announced shortly on the Registry. The Agency will retroactively reimburse eligible participants for their participation in this first comment period.

Virtual information sessions

The Agency invites the public and Indigenous groups to attend a virtual information session via Zoom to learn more about the Project, the impact assessment process and how to submit comments on the Summary of Description initial of the project.

Sessions in English:

  • May 10and 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. EST
  • May 18and 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. EST

Sessions in French:

  • May 13and 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. EST
  • May 19and 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. EST

If you are interested, we invite you to register on SimpleSurvey at least 48 hours before the session. For more information on how to attend a session, please contact the Agency using the project email above.

Will there be more opportunities to participate?

This is the first federal comment period for the project. If the Agency determines that a federal impact assessment is required, the public and Indigenous groups will have further opportunities to comment during the impact assessment process.

Stay up to date by following the Agency on Twitter: @IAAC_AEIC #GeorginaIslandFixedLink

What is the proposed project?

The Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation proposes to construct and operate the Georgina Island Fixed Link Project, which consists of two permanent causeways, each with a continuous length of 500 to 1,000 metres. As proposed, the causeways would be constructed in shallow water and would be connected at each end of a new bridge 1,200 to 1,500 meters in length. Together, the causeways and the bridge would create a road link across Lake Simcoe from the south end of Georgina Island to the mainland at Georgina, Ontario.

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SOURCE Impact Assessment Agency of Canada

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Harry D. Gonzalez