When a project meets specific conditions and have designated activities, the proponent is required to submit a project description to the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada (IAAC).
This initial project description submission initiates the Planning phase, which is the first step of a federal impact assessment process. The prime focus of the Planning phase of the impact assessment process is to engage with the public and Indigenous peoples on relevant views and knowledge, determine whether a project requires an impact assessment, and, if an impact assessment is required, develop planning tools to guide the process including the Tailored Impact Statement Guidelines*.
In December 2021, the IAAC confirmed that a federal impact assessment under the Impact Assessment Act is required for the Upper Beaver Gold Project.
From January to March, the Agency conducted its 40-day public comment period on the draft Tailored Impact Statement Guidelines (TISG) and the draft Public Participation Plan for the Upper Beaver Project and has invited the public and the Indigenous groups to provide feedback on both documents. The Guidelines outline the specific factors to be considered in the assessment of the project and provide direction to the proponent on the information and studies required in its Impact Statement.
In April 2022, the IAAC has released the Notice of Commencement of an Impact Assessment. Agnico Eagle will then proceed in collecting all required information and conducting the relevant studies to evaluate the potential effects and impacts of the project in accordance with the requirements outlined in the TISG. There will be various opportunities for the public and Indigenous groups to participate.
The Upper Beaver mine project may also require completion of one or more provincial environmental assessment processes, depending on the final project design.
For more information on our public and Indigenous engagement activities see the Community Engagement section.
For information and the latest updates from the IAAC on the Impact Assessment process of the Upper Beaver Gold Project, visit iaac-aeic.gc.ca opens a new window.
*The Impact Assessment Process – Overview of the Impact Assessment Act, visit iaac-aeic.gc.ca opens a new window.