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Preliminary information on a project in a northern region

No person may undertake or carry out a project referred to in Schedule A of the Environment Quality Act (R.S.Q., c. Q-2), i.e. a project that is automatically subject to the environmental and social impact assessment and review procedure, or a project that falls into the “grey zone,” i.e. a project that is not automatically exempt from this procedure (Schedule B of the Act), in a northern region (territory covered by an agreement) unless a certificate of authorization or an attestation of exemption of the project has been issued by the Minister, in accordance with sections 154 and 189 of the Act.

For the purposes of obtaining the certificate or attestation, the proponent of a project must transmit the preliminary information for the planned project to the Ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques, including:

  • the name of the project proponent and, if applicable, the name of the consultant commissioned by the proponent;
  • the title of the project;
  • the objectives of, and justification for, the project;
  • the exact location of the project and the proponent’s intention of examining other sites for the project, as the case may be;
  • a description of the project and alternatives under study;
  • the main components of the natural and human environments;
  • the primary impacts anticipated as a result of the project;
  • the public information and consultation processes;
  • the project schedule;
  • subsequent phases and related projects;
  • in the case of a “grey zone” project, i.e. a project that is neither automatically subject to nor exempt from the procedure under schedules A and B of the Act, sufficient information to enable a cursory assessment of the project’s environmental and social impacts in order to determine whether or not to submit the project to the assessment and review procedure.

Project proponents may use this preliminary information form (Word, 133 ko) to request a certificate or attestation. The proponent must submit at least ten (10) hard copies of the preliminary information and at least four (4) electronic copies in PDF (Portable Document Format), all in French. The proponent should also submit five (5) hard copies and four (4) electronic copies in English. Additional copies may be requested depending on the scope of the project.

The preliminary information must be sent to the following address:

Mr. Patrick Beauchesne, Deputy Minister
Ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques
Édifice Marie-Guyart, 30e étage,
675, boul. René-Lévesque Est, boîte 02
Québec (Québec) G1R 5V7
Telephone: 418-521-3933
Fax: 418-646-0266


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