As the federal agency responsible for the stewardship of the Port of Vancouver, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority’s mandate is to enable Canada’s trade objectives while protecting the environment and considering local communities. Our vision is to be the world’s most sustainable port.

In developing the proposed Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project, we researched many possible locations for the new terminal. We settled on the proposed location because it would have the least impact on the environment and local communities. The new terminal would be located in deep, subtidal waters, far from sensitive intertidal habitats that support biofilm, shorebirds, juvenile salmon and other important marine species.

Building on decades of available environmental studies of Roberts Bank, we began an environmental study program in 2011 that has included over 77 individual studies resulting in 35,000 hours of fieldwork by over 100 professional scientists. The project entered an environmental assessment process in 2013 and, in 2016, an independent review panel was appointed by the minister of environment and climate change to lead the assessment. The independent review panel submitted its Federal Review Panel Report in March 2020 to the minister who is now reviewing the recommendations in order to develop draft project conditions. There will then be an opportunity for the public, Indigenous groups, regulators and other stakeholders to provide comment.

In August 2020, the government requested we provide further information, through an information request. As a result, the federal timeline for decision making has been paused, and will resume once the information provided satisfies the request. We will look to provide this information to government by early 2021 and are hopeful that a decision can be made prior to next summer.

As a part of the environmental assessment process, we committed to 82 project commitments to protect the environment should the project proceed. These commitments include measures to reduce effects during construction and operation of the terminal as well as offset potential effects. This would be done through the creation of additional habitat, implementing environmental management and follow-up plans for construction and operations, and working with Indigenous groups and other key stakeholders on regional environmental programs.

Additionally, in recognition of the lack of Chinook salmon available to southern resident killer whales, should the project proceed, we will develop a project-specific fund to support Chinook recovery. This new initiative will be shaped with the input and collaborative efforts of Indigenous groups, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, as well as other stakeholders.

We look forward to continuing to work with Indigenous groups, regulators and other stakeholders to refine our proposed mitigation measures, offsetting and follow-up programs.

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