The Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk Highway Project was referred to the Environmental Impact Review Board (EIRB) in April 2010, just two months after the Project Description Report was released by the Government of the Northwest Territories. From summer 2010 to summer 2011, the EIRB held community and public consultation meetings on the EIS Terms of Reference and subsequent drafts. Technical sessions and public hearings in the communities were held throughout 2012.
In January 2013, the EIRB released their final report. The report recognized that the Inuvialuit land claim institutions and co-management bodies share environmental protection responsibilities with the regulatory authorities and must work together to implement shared work on the way forward. The panel recognized the significant potential benefit of the project to the region and recommended the project move forward, with certain recommendations.
Over 230 environmental commitments were made to the Environmental Impact Review Board which can be viewed here.
The Department of Infrastructure has procured all necessary licences and permits that include:
- Inuvialuit water board
- ILA Land Use Permit
- DOL land use permits
- Quarry permits
- DFO Operational Statement Notification
- Transport Canada – Navigable Waters Authorization
Department of Fisheries and Oceans Letter of Advice received permitting construction of all watercourse crossing structures.