The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority has reached another significant milestone in the development of the proposed Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project. After more than a year of additional technical work, consultation with 46 Indigenous groups, and engagement with federal agencies, we have submitted our response to the federal government’s August 2020 information request.
Our response includes over 2,500 pages of new information on topics like enhanced measures to protect key species such as juvenile salmon and southern resident killer whales, project benefits, and our offsetting plan. This work is a legacy of the project—we are advancing science on a variety of topics and have made significant contributions to increasing the body of knowledge about the Roberts Bank ecosystem.
Over the last eight years, we have made tremendous progress to advance this nationally-important project. The results of our work demonstrate that the Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project can be delivered in a responsible way that protects and enhances the environment, brings lasting benefits to Indigenous groups and local communities, creates tens of thousands of high-paying supply chain jobs, and supports economic resiliency.
The Impact Assessment Agency of Canada (IAAC) has published our information request response on the public registry, along with the draft conditions that the port authority must comply with should the project proceed. IAAC is now seeking feedback on this information during the public comment period. Visit IAAC’s project page to provide your input, or our recent website post to learn more.
We are confident that our response will satisfy the government’s request, and hopeful that a decision on the project can be made as quickly as possible to ensure Canada stays competitive and open for trade.
We are doing everything we can to make sure the project is built in time to support the Canadian businesses that rely on the Port of Vancouver to get their goods to and from foreign markets. The timing for the release of the request for qualifications (RFQ) for a design-build contractor depends on the timing of the federal government’s decision on the project. If the government makes a decision on the project in early 2022, then we anticipate the RFQ could be released within six to twelve months thereafter, based on our current understanding of the government’s process. We hope to provide more information on the procurement timing early next year. In the meantime, we continue to plan further market sounding activities to help us refine our approach and the details of the procurement documents.