Under the powers conferred on them and their related responsibilities, federal authorities must determine the probability that a project carried out on federal land will have significant negative environmental impacts. This obligation applies to the Québec Port Authority (QPA).
In addition, the QPA has clearly expressed its desire for transparency and collaboration with the community, including via its sustainable development action plan.
Accordingly, the QPA has adopted a Environmental Citizen Participation Process (ECPP) tailored to its port environment and the community. This program takes a risk management approach based on project size and potential impacts on the environment and the community.
To prevent bias and improve analysis, this program specifies that evaluation of environmental effects (EEE) must be carried out by an independent and qualified third party. This obligation stems from a voluntary decision by the QPA.