As the federal agency responsible for the shared stewardship of the lands and waters that make up 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 field work 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 review phase concluded in August 2019 with the close of the public record, following a six-week public hearing. The independent review panel evaluated what they heard and the information received throughout the environmental assessment process and incorporated it into their final Federal Review Panel Report. This report was submitted by the independent panel to the minister of environment and climate change in March 2020.

In August 2020, the government requested we provide further information, through an information request. As a result, the federal timeline for decision making was paused, and will resume once the information provided satisfies the request. After more than a year of additional technical work, consultation with 46 Indigenous groups, and engagement with federal agencies, we recently submitted our response to the information request. In December 2021, the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada launched a public comment period to seek feedback from the public, Indigenous groups, regulators, and other stakeholders on our response and the draft conditions (requirements that the port authority must comply with should the project proceed).

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, we will develop a project-specific fund to support Chinook recovery should the project proceed. This new initiative will be shaped with the input and collaborative efforts of Indigenous groups, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and 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.

Environmental studies

Environmental assessment

Ongoing environmental work

Environmental commitments

Regional environmental initiatives

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