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Timmins To Host Crawford Lake Impact Assessment Public Meetings

Feb 7, 2023

The Impact Assessment Agency of Canada as part of the planning phase in the impact assessment process, for Canada Nickel Company's Crawford Lake mine proposal, is holding public meetings at the Ramada Inn, Timmins, Ontario on February 15, 16 and 22 2023.

The February 15 and 16 sessions are virtual only, and  the February 22 session in-person only .

The virtual information sessions (via Zoom) will be held on: Wednesday, February 15, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. ET (English) and Thursday, February 16, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. ET (French).

In-person session (bilingual):  On Wednesday, February 22, will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Representatives from the IAAC will host in person, hourly information sessions at the Ramada Timmins, 1800 Riverside Drive, Timmins, Ontario, P4R 0A5

The Agency invites the residents, community, business, Indigenous groups to review and provide feedback on the draft Tailored Impact Statement Guidelines and the draft Public Participation Plan. 

Canada Nickel Company is proposing the construction, operation, decommissioning and closure of an open-pit nickel-cobalt mine and on-site metal mill, located 43 kilometres north of Timmins, Ontario. As proposed, the Crawford Nickel Project would have a mine ore production capacity of 275,000 tonnes per day and a mill ore input capacity of 120,000 tonnes per day. The project would operate for about 43 years.

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The information sessions are being held so the public can  learn more about the project, the impact assessment process, and how to submit comments on the draft documents.

Prior to mine development of the mine an environmental impact assessment is required under Canada's environmental laws. The draft Guidelines presented at this meetings by the IAAC outline the specific factors to be considered in the assessment of the project and provide direction on the studies and information required by Canada Nickel Company when developing its Impact Statement. The draft Plan also explains how the public will be engaged throughout the review process and provides details on how and when public participation opportunities will take place for each phase of the impact assessment.

Comments about the Crawford Lake environmental impact assessment and the public participation under the assessment process should be submitted online by visiting the project home page on the Canadian Impact Assessment Registry (reference number 83857). The draft Guidelines and the draft Plan are also available on the Registry. 

Participants who wish to provide their input in a different format can contact the Agency by writing to Crawford@iaac-aeic.gc.ca.   Comments must be submitted online in either official language by 11:59 p.m. on March 8, 2023. All comments received will be published online as part of the project file.

More information on how to attend an information session is available by visiting the project homepage noted above or by emailing Crawford@iaac-aeic.gc.ca. 

This is the second federal comment period for the project. There will be other opportunities for the public and Indigenous groups to participate over the course of the impact assessment process.

Stay updated on this project by following the Agency on Twitter: @IAAC_AEIC #CrawfordNickel

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