Project Agreements

A Project Agreement is an agreement between federal Deputy Ministers that outlines the process by which federal departments or agencies will carry out their particular roles or responsibilities during the federal regulatory review of a proposed major resource project. more »

Current Project Agreements

Project Name Date
Line 3 Replacement Program in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba 2015-10-05
2017 NGTL System Expansion Project in Alberta 2015-09-21
Crown Mountain Coking Coal Project in British Columbia* 2015-07-22
Woodfibre LNG Project in British Columbia* 2015-04-29
LNG Canada Export Terminal Project in British Columbia* 2015-01-23
Aley Mine in British Columbia* 2015-04-29
Howse Property Iron Mine in Newfoundland and Labrador* 2015-02-05
Victor Diamond Mine Extension Project Agreement* 2015-02-05
Hardrock Gold Mine* 2015-02-05
Magino Gold Mine in Ontario 2014-09-25
Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project in Alberta and British Columbia 2014-09-11
Kipawa Rare Earths Mine* 2013-10-17
Joyce Lake Direct Shipping Iron Ore Mine project in Newfoundland and Labrador* 2013-06-07
Prince Rupert LNG in British Columbia* 2014-03-04
Pacific Northwest LNG in British Columbia* 2014-03-04
Griffith Iron Ore Redevelopment Mine in Ontario* 2013-10-02
Goliath Gold Mine in Ontario* 2013-10-02
Murray River Coal Mine in British Columbia * 2013-11-20
Fire Lake North Iron Mine in Quebec * 2013-05-02
Blackwater Gold Mine in British Columbia * 2013-05-06
Rose Tantalum-Lithium Mine in Quebec * 2013-04-12
Hopes Advance Iron Mine in Quebec * 2013-04-12
Site C Clean Energy Hydroelectric Generation Project in British Columbia * 2013-04-12
Quebec Lithium Spodumene Mine in Quebec 2013-03-15
Josephine Cone Mine in Ontario 2012-11-02
Eagle's Nest Multi-Metal Mine 2012-04-19
Sisson Tungsten-Molybdenum Mine 2012-01-11
Burnco Aggregate Mine in British Columbia 2012-02-15
Spanish Mountain Gold Mine in British Columbia 2012-01-04
Hammond Reef Gold Mine 2011-11-04
Ajax Copper-Gold Mine 2011-08-17
Harper Creek Copper-Gold-Silver Mine 2011–06–22
Elmtree Property Gold Mine 2011-04-12
Morrison Copper-Gold Mine 2010-04-21
Keystone XL Pipeline 2009-08-20
Deep Geologic Repository 2009-05-11

* The Project Agreement may be read together with The Federal Review Process for Major Projects: Project Agreement Companion Document (PDF, 144 KB) which provides additional information on the roles and responsibilities of federal departments and agencies involved in the review process.

What is a Project Agreement?

A Project Agreement is an agreement between federal Deputy Ministers that outlines the process by which federal departments or agencies will carry out their particular roles or responsibilities during the federal regulatory review of a proposed major resource project. The agreement includes a timeline and schedule for the completion of the regulatory review with regular milestones to allow tracking of progress.

In general, for projects that fall under the Major Projects Management Office Initiative, following the receipt of an acceptable Project Description (see Guide to Preparing a Description of a Designated Project under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012), all relevant departments and agencies will work collaboratively, under the leadership of the Major Projects Management Office, to develop a Project Agreement.

Project Agreements are a key coordination tool.

Project Agreements serve as a key coordination tool to ensure that the discharge of federal statutory duties is completed in a more coordinated, efficient and effective manner. All Project Agreements contain coordinated work plans that outline the particular roles and responsibilities of federal departments and agencies throughout the entire lifecycle of a particular regulatory review process. Project Agreements and the associated Companion Document include the following coordinated work plans:

  • an Environmental Assessment work plan;
  • an Aboriginal Consultation and Engagement work plan; and
  • a Permitting, Authorizations and Approvals work plan.

Project Agreements are an important accountability mechanism.

Project Agreements articulate the obligations and best effort commitments of departments and agencies during the federal regulatory review of a major resource project. Project Agreements are signed by the Deputy Ministers of these organizations to ensure that obligations and commitments are backed by senior-level accountability.

Each Agreement will include a process timeline with clear milestones and service standards to ensure that the review process is completed in a timely and predictable manner. Once signed, all Project Agreements will be posted publicly on the Internet to ensure transparency. The Major Projects Management Office will track and monitor the progress against agreed-upon timelines and milestones though its publicly-accessible monitoring and tracking system – the Major Projects Management Office Tracker – and through regular reporting to Deputy Ministers and Ministers.