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NOTICE OF DRAFT TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR REVIEW Northern Road Link Project Environmental Assessment

Marten Falls First Nation (MFFN) and Webequie First Nation (WFN) are conducting an Environmental Assessment (EA) study under the Ontario Environmental Assessment Act, RSO 1990, c. E.18 for the design, construction and operation / maintenance of a proposed all-season multi-use road called the Northern Road Link. The proposed Northern Road Link is located between the proposed Marten Falls Community Access Road (MFCAR) and the proposed Webequie Supply Road (WSR) and would connect the Ring of Fire mineral deposits in the McFaulds Lake area to the highway network via the MFCAR.  

A Draft Terms of Reference (ToR) for the EA has been prepared by MFFN and WFN. The Draft ToR provides MFFN and WFN’s framework and work plan for addressing Environmental Assessment Act requirements when preparing the EA, including an outline of the studies, evaluation of alternatives to be considered, and consultation activities that will be carried out. Following the review period of the draft ToR, the ToR will be revised as appropriate to address comments received and a Proposed ToR will be prepared and submitted to the Ministry of Environment Conservation and Parks (MECP) for review. Public, government agencies, and Indigenous communities will be noti  ed when the Proposed ToR is submitted to the MECP for an opportunity to review and comment on the Proposed ToR. Following this review, the Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks will make a decision to approve, approve with amendments or reject the ToR under the Environmental Assessment Act. If approved, the Proposed ToR will serve as a framework for the preparation and review of the environmental assessment for the proposed Project. 

Beginning November 24, 2021, the Draft Terms of Reference will be available for review and comment for a 45-day period at:

You may also inspect the Draft Terms of Reference during normal business hours at the following locations:  

Matawa First Nations Management  
233 Court Street South, 2nd Floor, Thunder Bay, ON 
Tel: 807-344-4575 

Timmins Public Library Main Branch 
320 Second Avenue, Timmins, ON 
Tel: 705-360-2623 ext. 8519 
Mon-Thurs 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. 
Fri-Sat 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m 

Greenstone Public Library 
Elsie Dugard Centennial Public Library Branch 
405 Second Street West, Geraldton, ON Tel: 807- 854-1490

Sioux Lookout Municipal Office 
25 Fifth Avenue, Sioux Lookout, ON 
Tel: 807-737-2700 
Mon-Fri 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

Thunder Bay Public Library 
Waverley Community Hub 
285 Red River Road, Thunder Bay, ON 
Tel: 807-345-8275 
Mon-Tues 12:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Wed-Fri 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

Greenstone Public Library  
Longlac Public Library Branch 
110 Kenogami Road, Longlac, ON 
Tel: 807-876-4515 
Mon 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  
Tues 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
Wed 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 

A hard copy of the Draft will be provided to the following Indigenous communities for circulation to their community members: 
Mon, Wed 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Tues, Thurs, Sat 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

  • Animbiigoo-Zaagi’igan Anishinaabek
  • Aroland First Nation 
  • Attawapiskat First Nation 
  • Constance Lake First Nation
  • Eabametoong First Nation 
  • Fort Albany First Nation 
  • Ginoogaming First Nation 
  • Kasabonika Lake First Nation
  • Kashechewan First Nation 
  • Kingfisher Lake First Nation
  • Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug 
  • Long Lake #58 First Nation 
  • Marten Falls First Nation 
  • Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) – Region 2
  • Neskantaga First Nation 
  • Nibinamik First Nation 
  • Red Sky Independent Métis Nation
  • Wapekeka First Nation 
  • Wawakapewin First Nation 
  • Webequie First Nation 
  • Weenusk (Peawanuck) First Nation
  • Wunnumin Lake First Nation 

Please submit your comments on the Draft Terms of Reference to the contacts listed below, or on the Northern Road Link website ( by January 8, 2022.

Michael Fox 
Project Co-Lead 
Regional Consultation 
690 Mountain Road, Suite 200 Fort William First Nation, ON P7J 1G8 tel: 1-888-515-3607 

Qasim Saddique 
Project Co-Lead 
Regional Consultation 
690 Mountain Road, Suite 200 Fort William First Nation, ON P7J 1G8 tel: 1-888-515-3607 

All personal information included in a submission - such as name, address, telephone number and property location - is collected, maintained, and disclosed by the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks for the purpose of transparency and consultation. The information is collected under the authority of the Environmental Assessment Act, or is collected and maintained for the purpose of creating a record that is available to the general public, as described in s. 37 of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Personal information you submit will become part of a public record that is available to the general public unless you request that your personal information remain confidential. For more information, please contact the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks Freedom of Information and Privacy Coordinator at 416-314-4075

This notice was first published on November 24, 2021. 

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