Permitting and Compliance

The Environmental Assessment Certificate (EAC) and federal Decision Statement gave BC Hydro permission to proceed with construction on Site C, subject to a number of conditions regarding construction and operation of the project.

In addition, we obtained federal Fisheries Act and Canadian Navigable Waters Act approvals for the project. 

While BC Hydro is exempt from a number of permits under the Hydro and Power Authority Act, we routinely apply for permits in the interest of transparency. This includes permits and tenures under the Forest Act, Land Act, Mines Act, Water Sustainability Act, Heritage Conservation Act, and Wildlife Act.

BC Hydro and the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development have also established a cooperative consultation process with Indigenous groups, aiming to conduct meaningful and timely consultation on provincial permits applications.

Current permit applications

The Canadian Navigable Waters Act requires that work on unscheduled waterways be posted for public review and comment. We encourage you to review the below applications and provide feedback through the applicable portals.

April 22, 2021: Public comment period begins April 29 for EAC amendment to haul material

A public comment period will take place from April 29 to May 28, 2021, regarding BC Hydro’s application to amend its Environmental Assessment Certificate for the Site C project.

The application to the B.C. Environmental Assessment Office focuses on using public roads to haul material from 85th Avenue Industrial Lands to the dam site on a contingency basis.

Hauling would only take place when the conveyor is not operating due to events beyond BC Hydro’s control. This could include vandalism/sabotage, extreme and prolonged inclement weather, equipment repair delay/disruption, expertise disruption, localized fires, vehicle, equipment or human accident, and force majeure or “Act of God” events.

The public is invited to submit comments regarding adverse impacts that might result from the proposed amendment.

  1. Review the full application to the BC Environmental Assessment Office
  2. Provide input to the BC Environmental Assessment Office
    • Online form
    • Mail: Sarah Duggan, Project Assessment Director, Environmental Assessment Office, PO Box 9426, Stn Prov Govt, Victoria BC V8W 9V1
    • Fax: 250-356-2208

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June 11, 2021: BC Hydro has submitted an Application for Approval to Transport Canada (Registry #3673) under the Canadian Navigable Waters Act.The Notification is for fish habitat enhancement work located on a mid-channel island in the Peace River, opposite Hudson's Hope. Habitat development at this site will be achieved through the placement of boulder clusters, and is scheduled to begin in Fall 2021. Comments on this application can be submitted via the Common Project Search (CPS) or by emailing [email protected].

May 28, 2021: BC Hydro has submitted an Application for Approval to Transport Canada (Registry #3543) under the Canadian Navigable Waters Act. The Notification is for the construction of a replacement boat launch on the Peace River, at Hudson's Hope. Construction is scheduled post reservoir-filling. Comments on this application can be submitted via the Common Project Search (CPS) or by emailing [email protected].

May 14, 2021: BC Hydro has submitted a Notification of Work to Transport Canada (Registry #3529) under the Canadian Navigable Waters Act. The Notification is for the construction of a temporary bridge crossing Maurice Creek, approximately 240 m upstream from the confluence of the Peace River. The crossing is required to facilitate clearing of the Site C reservoir. Comments on this Notification can be submitted via the Common Project Search (CPS) or by emailing [email protected].

April 28 & 30, 2021: BC Hydro has submitted five applications for Approval to Transport Canada (Registry #3369, #3372, #3422, #3423 and #3424) under the Canadian Navigable Waters Act. These applications are for the construction of five temporary bridges to facilitate clearing of the Site C reservoir. The crossings are located across side channels of the Peace River on the south bank, approx. 7 to 11 km, downstream of the Peace Canyon Dam. Comments on these applications can be submitted via the Common Project Search (CPS) or by emailing [email protected].

April 26, 2021: BC Hydro has submitted a "No Interference with Navigation" Notification of Work to Transport Canada (Registry #3379) under the Canadian Navigable Waters Act. The Notification is for the construction of a ~275m causeway type structure (keyed-in fill) that will be constructed at the toe of the south bank of the Peace River, approximately 12 km downstream of the Halfway River. The keyed-in fill is required to facilitate clearing of the Site C reservoir. Project information will be displayed on Transport Canada's Common Project Search (CPS) registry.

April 15, 2021: BC Hydro has submitted four applications for Approval to Transport Canada (Registry #3302,3303, 3298 and 3300) under the Canadian Navigable Waters Act. These applications are for the construction of four temporary bridges to facilitate clearing of the Site C reservoir. The crossings are located across side channels of the Peace River on the south bank, approximately 12 km upstream of the Halfway River confluence. Comments on these applications can be submitted via the Common Project Search (CPS) or by emailing [email protected].

April 14, 2021: BC Hydro has submitted a “No Interference with Navigation” Notification of Work to Transport Canada (Registry #3297) under the Canadian Navigable Waters Act. The Notification is for partial deactivation of 11 bridge crossings that were constructed to facilitate reservoir clearing within the Halfway River drainage. Signage will be installed just upstream of the Halfway River boat launch advising boaters that construction activity may have altered the river channel and to be aware of floating debris, channel changes and submerged hazards. Project information will be displayed on Transport Canada’s Common Project Search (CPS) registry.

Compliance

We take compliance with the Site C Clean Energy Project's environmental requirements very seriously. 

The project receives regular inspections from federal and provincial compliance officers and also retains an independent environmental monitor who inspects the project on a weekly basis. In addition to these external inspectors, all contractors employ their own environmental monitoring teams. 

BC Hydro employs our own large team, located at site, which conducts daily compliance inspections across the project to verify compliance with the thousands of project requirements. 

As of December 2020, BC Hydro had completed more that 118,000 inspections.

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