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
MAJOR PROJECT AGREEMENT For the Manitoba-Minnesota Transmission Project (the Project) 2018-07-09
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 ColumbiaFootnote * 2015-07-22
Woodfibre LNG Project in British ColumbiaFootnote * 2015-04-29
LNG Canada Export Terminal Project in British ColumbiaFootnote * 2015-01-23
Aley Mine in British ColumbiaFootnote * 2015-04-29
Howse Property Iron Mine in Newfoundland and LabradorFootnote * 2015-02-05
Victor Diamond Mine Extension Project AgreementFootnote * 2015-02-05
Hardrock Gold MineFootnote * 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 MineFootnote * 2013-10-17
Joyce Lake Direct Shipping Iron Ore Mine project in Newfoundland and LabradorFootnote * 2013-06-07
Prince Rupert LNG in British ColumbiaFootnote * 2014-03-04
Pacific Northwest LNG in British ColumbiaFootnote * 2014-03-04
Griffith Iron Ore Redevelopment Mine in OntarioFootnote * 2013-10-02
Goliath Gold Mine in OntarioFootnote * 2013-10-02
Murray River Coal Mine in British ColumbiaFootnote * 2013-11-20
Fire Lake North Iron Mine in QuebecFootnote * 2013-05-02
Blackwater Gold Mine in British ColumbiaFootnote * 2013-05-06
Rose Tantalum-Lithium Mine in QuebecFootnote * 2013-04-12
Hopes Advance Iron Mine in QuebecFootnote * 2013-04-12
Site C Clean Energy Hydroelectric Generation Project in British ColumbiaFootnote * 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

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.