Current Consultation Activities

The MNO engages with proponents and government agencies on a wide range of proposed and ongoing projects and initiatives throughout traditional territories. The overview below provides highlights some of the MNO’s activities related to Lands, Resources, and Consultations.

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission Terms of Reference

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On December 17, 2019 the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) and the MNO signed a Terms of Reference to provide a forum through which we can collaborate and address areas of interest or concern raised by the MNO regarding CNSC regulated facilities and activities within the MNO’s regions and traditional territories. CNSC Vice President and Chief Communications Officer Jason Cameron and MNO President Margaret Froh signed the Terms of Reference on December 17, 2019 at the Best Western Inn on the Bay in Owen Sound, Ontario. Pictured L-R: Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission Vice President and Chief Communications Officer Jason Cameron and MNO President Margaret Froh at the signing. Please click on the thumbnail to view a larger image. 

Nuclear Waste Management Organization:
Canada’s Plan for the safe, long-term management of used nuclear fuel

The Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) is a not-for-profit organization established in 2002 by Canada’s nuclear electricity producers in accordance with the Nuclear Fuel Waste Act (NFWA). In June 2007, the Government of Canada selected Adaptive Phased Management (APM), as Canada’s plan for the safe, long-term management of used nuclear fuel in a manner that protects people and the environment. The NWMO is responsible for implementing this plan.

The plan is based on extensive public input. It requires used fuel to be contained and isolated in a deep geological repository which is consistent with best practices around the world. It also calls for a comprehensive process to select a site with informed and willing hosts for the project. In addition to extensive technical assessments, the site selection process involves extensive learning and dialogue with communities before a preferred site can be identified. The project will only proceed with the interested community, First Nation and Métis communities in the area, and surrounding communities working in partnership to implement it.

Facilities associated with the project will include a Centre of Expertise, a deep geological repository, and a number of supporting facilities. The project also calls for a comprehensive transportation system to move Canada's used fuel from interim storage facilities to the new site. The project will be developed and implemented in phases over many decades. In developing and implementing all aspects of the project, the NWMO is committed to meeting or exceeding all applicable regulations to ensure the safety and security of people and the environment.

Currently the NWMO is working to identify a single preferred location for this project to be located in an area with informed and willing hosts. They expect to identify the preferred site by about 2023 and have narrowed their focus to five areas where communities expressed interest in learning about the project and exploring their potential to host it: South Bruce and Huron-Kinloss in southwestern Ontario; and three in northern Ontario: Ignace, Manitouwadge, and Hornepayne. Further planning timelines assume construction could start around 2033 and the facility could begin accepting used nuclear fuel in 2043.

The NWMO has been actively engaging Métis MNO communities since 2010 through sponsoring Annual General Assemblies and other community events, hosting community information sessions, and meeting regularly with both MNO staff and MNO elected officials. The NWMO invites you to learn more. Please visit their Website, Facebook page, YouTube Channel, Twitter Profile, and Instagram Account to find out more. Please share any questions or comments you might have about the NWMO’s work with the MNO's Nuclear Consultation Coordinator Matt Long at mattl@metisnation.org.

TransCanada Energy East Pipeline Project

Energy East Pipeline Ltd. (a wholly-owned subsidiary of TransCanada Oil Pipelines Canada Ltd.) has proposed the TransCanada Energy East Pipeline Project which is designed to transport crude oil approximately 4,500 kilometres (km) across Canada from Hardisty, Alberta to Saint John, New Brunswick (1,928 km of which would traverse Ontario). The proposed pipeline would pass through Northwestern Ontario (Region 1), along the North Shore of Lake Superior (Region 2), up into Temiscamingue (Region 3), down through Lake Nipissing/Mattawa (Region 5) and out along the Ottawa Valley (Region 6) on its way into the province of Quebec. The MNO is working with TransCanada to ensure that meaningful consultation occurs for this extensive process. On September 22, 2014, the MNO announced that it had signed a Communications and Engagement Funding Agreement (CEFA) with TransCanada. The CEFA sets out the process for TransCanada to engage with the MNO through its consultation framework.

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Hardrock Gold Mine Project

Greenstone Gold Mines GP Inc. (GGM) a joint venture partnership between Centerra Gold Inc. and Premier Gold Mines Ltd. is planning the construction, operation, decommissioning, and closure of an open pit gold mine and associated ancillary activities collectively known as the Hardrock Gold Mine Project (the “Project”). The Project is located in the Municipality of Greenstone, Ontario, in the Ward of Geraldton, at the intersection of Highway 11 and Michael Power Boulevard. The Project is situated within a historical mine site for which GGM acquired the mining claim in December 2008. The property is a brownfield site that was actively mined from the 1930's to the 1970's and in later years was known as the MacLeod-Mosher Complex.

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The Victoria Mine Project

Located approximately 40 kilometres west of Sudbury in Denison Township, KGHM International Ltd. (KGHM) is currently engaged in advanced exploration and development activities on the property more commonly known as the Victoria Mine. If developed, the Victoria Mine will produce ore containing copper, nickel, gold, platinum and palladium. The project will be developed in two phases. The first phase, recognized as advanced exploration, will include the sinking of two shafts for KGHM to conduct some underground drilling to confirm and document the mineral resource. If the Victoria Mine proves to be economically viable KGHM will then file a mine closure plan with the Ontario Ministry of Northern Development and Mines initiating the second phase of the mine’s development. This second phase will include KGHM finishing the required infrastructure for the Victoria Project to enter into production. The Victoria Project is estimated to contain 10.3 million tonnes of minable ore with an expected mine life of 10 years. If the project obtains all regulatory approvals and is feasible KGHM anticipates that the Victoria Mine will commence production sometime in 2022 and will employ some 200 people.

Updated: February 14, 2020