The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority began a comprehensive engagement process about the project in 2011, early in project development and prior to the initiation of the environmental assessment process. We conducted four rounds of public engagement, and have participated in over 440 project-related meetings with regulators, Indigenous groups, government, stakeholders, and the general public.
Below is a high-level overview of our consultation and engagement to-date and where we are at today.
More information on our consultation and engagement with Indigenous groups, the public, and local governments is available below:
We commenced project-related consultation with Indigenous groups in 2011, and have consulted with 46 Indigenous groups as directed by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency. Consultation will continue throughout the federal review and permitting of the project and, should the project proceed, into construction and operation.
Topics have included environmental effects of the project, marine shipping associated with the project, proposed mitigation, environmental management plans, and the follow-up program. Our comprehensive, multi- phased consultation program has allowed for the integration of Indigenous knowledge throughout all phases of project development.
We are also negotiating mutual benefit agreements with Indigenous groups to ensure that benefits of the project are shared.
Wherever possible, we have integrated what we’ve heard into project design, mitigation measures, environmental management plans, and follow-up program elements.
Engaging the public
In 2011, the port authority sought input regarding how participants wanted to be engaged and what topics they would like to should be addressed. Throughout the early phases of the project we learned the public was interested in the following topics: elements of project design, topics of environmental studies, potential project effects, and draft environmental mitigation concepts.
Input received during engagement has been considered, along with technical and economic information, in the development of the project and the development of the environmental impact statement. Learn more about engagement materials, including discussion guides, consultation summary reports and consideration memos.
Working with local governments
The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority’s Local and Regional Government Outreach and Engagement Program set out a program of engagement with local and regional governments regarding the project. Below is an overview:
- The Local Government Elected Roundtable, established in 2012, provided a forum for the port authority and elected officials to discuss community interests, issues, and benefits related to the project. The committee included representatives from the City of Delta, City of Langley, Township of Langley, City of Richmond, City of Surrey, Metro Vancouver, Tsawwassen First Nation, and the port
- The Mayors’ Roundtable – South of Fraser was formed in 2017 after feedback from mayors and elected officials who wished to discuss a broader range of topics. The committee included mayors from the City of Delta, City of Langley, Township of Langley, City of Richmond, the chair of Metro Vancouver, the Chief of Tsawwassen First Nation, and a member of the executive team of the port authority.
- The Local Government Technical Liaison Committees facilitated regular communication between project staff and staff from the City of Delta, City of Langley, Township of Langley, City of Richmond, and City of Surrey. These meetings allowed members of the committees to share technical information, issues, and interests regarding the project.
The port authority also created the Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project Working Group Process to provide a forum to meet collectively with representatives from federal, provincial, local, and regional governments, and Indigenous groups. The focus of the working group meetings was to provide an opportunity for the port authority to present and receive questions and feedback from group members on our proposed assessment approach.
Summary reports and records of meetings from the port authority’s engagement with local government are available here.