Original language of petition: English
IMPACT ASSESSMENT AGENCY OF CANADA
When developing new clean electricity infrastructure, such as the Trans Canada Energy pumped-storage plant in Meaford, Ontario, a wide range of issues must be considered, including local impacts. That is why major projects are subjected to extensive reviews that provide opportunities for input from those that could be affected. The issues identified in the petition are examples of factors that would need to be considered during the course of federal and provincial reviews. Trans Canada Energy is in the very early stages of introducing and developing this project and no approvals have been granted.
Making increased use of clean electricity is an excellent way to leverage our clean power advantage to both fight climate change and drive clean growth.
In 2017, the Government of Canada formed the Generation Energy Council with a mandate to advise how Canada can continue to transition to a reliable, affordable, low-carbon economy. The results of this work, summarized in the Generation Energy Council Report, highlighted the importance of many of the innovations mentioned in the petition, including small modular reactors (SMRs).
To capture the opportunities of SMRs, Natural Resources Canada convened a pan-Canadian dialogue, which resulted in a SMR Roadmap, containing 53 recommendations. Building on the momentum of the Roadmap, the Minister of Natural Resources Canada announced that the department would work with partners from across the country to turn the recommendations into reality through the very first SMR Action Plan.
In all, the Government of Canada has committed $2.3B in clean technologies since 2016. This includes significant investments in clean and renewable energy through the Pan-Canadian Framework (PCF), such as:
Other important measures under the PCF include pricing carbon pollution, phasing out coal-fired electricity, introducing new building codes (Build Smart) and investing in the production and use of low-carbon fuels. Further information on investments being made under the PCF are available in the annual synthesis reports.
National Defence manages more than 2,000,000 hectares of land and over 20,000 buildings across Canada. As a custodian of Crown land, National Defence is responsible for considering third-party access to its real property upon request.
Situated on 7,685 hectares of land next to Georgian Bay, the 4th Canadian Division Training Centre Meaford is a training facility for the Regular and Reserve Forces. TransCanada Energy has proposed the construction of a hydroelectric facility, and subsequently requested access to 200 hectares of National Defence’s land in Meaford. The electricity generated from the proposed pump station would be sold to the Ontario power grid.
National Defence is currently undertaking a comprehensive review of the request and has not yet determined a position on the proposed project.
National Defence has undertaken the following steps as part of its decision making process.
Regardless of the outcome, National Defence will engage again with stakeholders, Indigenous groups and local communities regarding the decision.
Only validated signatures are counted towards the total number of signatures.
|Province / Territory||Signatures|
|Newfoundland and Labrador||3|