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The Dempster Fibre Project: 800-km fibre optic line

Dawson City, Yukon to Inuvik, Northwest Territories
Government of Yukon, Department of Highways and Public Works
2018 – Ongoing

The Dempster Fibre Project is an approximately 800-km fibre optic line proposed to be installed from Dawson City, YT, to Inuvik, NT.

Hemmera is the lead Assessment and Permitting Consultant for the Project. We are responsible identifying strategy, supporting engagement, developing the assessment documentation, and navigating the dual assessment processes in Yukon and the Northwest Territories. This role is ongoing and is responsible for obtaining all regulatory approvals required for project construction.

The Hemmera EA Team engaged regulatory agencies to identify Project-specific permitting requirements. We then coordinated with more than half a dozen technical specialist, engineering and construction firms (reporting to YG) as well as the Project Engineer to identify the information necessary for the regulatory processes. Hemmera developed the approach and components of the Project Proposal submitted to the Dawson City Designated Office of the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Board. Similarly, a Land Use Permit (Type A) and Water Licence (Type B) application were prepared and submitted to the Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board under the Mackenzie Valley Resource Management Act. The MVLWB submittal proceeded to screening in less than one week, with no additional information requested. Hemmera’s northern-based team coordinated a multi-disciplinary team of specialists and integrated consultation/engagement information into MVRMA documentation and effectively managed the process.