Environmental Assessment (EA) Process
An environmental assessment includes consultation and engagement with Indigenous communities, government officials and agencies, and interested persons and organizations. The process is designed to assess the existing environment and mitigate potential effects before decisions are made about proceeding with a proposed project. Waasigan requires completion of a comprehensive environmental assessment under Ontario’s
Environmental Assessment Act.
A comprehensive environmental assessment has two parts: first, the development of a Terms of Reference and then the environmental assessment. The Terms of Reference is a document which provides the framework for how the environmental assessment will be completed, including outlining studies and consultation activities that will be completed, as well as identifying viable alternative routes. Hydro One received approval from the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks for the amended Terms of Reference in February 2022. With this approval, Hydro One began the environmental assessment in March 2022, as outlined in the approved Terms of Reference.
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*Leave to Construct under Section 92 of the
Ontario Energy Board Act, 1998 is a regulatory process to obtain approval from the OEB to build and operate a transmission line. Hydro One will not apply for this approval until direction is received by the IESO to proceed with the project.