The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority received an information request from the federal minister of environment and climate change Canada in summer 2020. We have been assessing the work required to respond to the request and, in order to complete required activities and allow sufficient time for thorough consultation with Indigenous groups, we expect to submit our response in summer 2021, with a federal government decision made soon after.
As a result, we anticipate releasing a design-build request for qualifications in the first half of 2022 at the earliest, following a government decision, with construction scheduled to begin in 2024. Other work relating to project procurement will continue in the meantime, including market engagement activities.
We remain committed to ensuring this generational project is built to support Canadian importers and exporters who rely on the Port of Vancouver to get their goods to and from Asian markets, while also balancing the importance of protecting the local environment and considering communities.