Roberts Bank Terminal 2 is a proposed new marine container terminal on Canada’s west coast that would help ensure Canada can deliver on its trade commitments and ambitions. The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is leading the project, which is currently undergoing a federal environmental assessment by an independent review panel.
The project proposal is to create 108 hectares of new industrial land in deep, subtidal waters to minimize environmental effects. The terminal would have up to three berths for container ships, and would provide 1,500 on-terminal jobs.
The Impact Assessment Agency of Canada (formerly Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency) is currently conducting a federal environmental assessment by an independent review panel appointed by the federal minister of environment and climate change, under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012. The review panel will challenge the environmental science and assess if, after mitigation, the project is likely to have significant environmental effect. The panel will then provide recommendations to the minister that he and Cabinet will consider in making a decision on whether the project can proceed.
The project is also subject to regulatory approvals and permits, market conditions and a final investment decision, and construction would take approximately five-and-a-half years.
If approved and built, the Roberts Bank Terminal 2 project would play a critical role in supporting Canadian businesses shipping goods to and from market to keep Canada competitive and open for trade with growing economies around the world, well into the future.