Interprovincial Crossings Environmental Assessment

Phase 2B has been initiated as of May 2011 by the Roche-GENIVAR Joint Venture. Phase 2B of the Study is to be completed in 2012, and environmental approvals are currently scheduled to be completed in December 2013. The Work Plan includes four rounds of consultation as per the Study Design developed in Phase 2A by Delcan/AECOM.


This Environmental Assessment (EA) Study is a component of the long-term transportation planning by the Federal, Provincial and Municipal authorities in the National Capital Region (NCR). The purpose of this Study is to assess potential interprovincial bridge locations and the corridors leading to and from them.

A new bridge will be an important addition to the Region’s landscape and will shape the development, growth and vibrancy of the area, for well into the future. As the Region will experience considerable increases in population and employment, a new bridge will be essential in helping to alleviate transportation issues resulting from that growth. In addition, there are major commercial and social exchanges between Ontario and Quebec, and specifically between the Cities of Ottawa and Gatineau. A new bridge will be a major facilitator for a more integrated economy and an enhanced cultural and social cohesion between both cities.

The Study is comprised of two phases. Phase 1, which was completed in January 2009, looked at the need and timing for new interprovincial crossings and evaluated a number of corridors throughout the Region. Now in Phase 2, the Study is looking more closely at the three locations which received the highest ratings in Phase 1:

  • Kettle Island
  • Lower Duck Island
  • Gatineau Airport/McLaurin Bay.

This second phase of the EA Study will take approximately four years to complete and will involve extensive public consultation at each stage of the process. Phase 2A, which was completed in June 2010, had a mandate to consult with communities, stakeholders and members of the public to obtain their input into the development of the Study Design (methodology for selecting a location) that will be used during Phase 2B, the final step in the EA.

As a result of input submitted during Phase 2A, the Consultant Team was able to make informed changes to the Study Design and CEA Act Scoping document. Details on the Phase 2A Consultation Program and the impact it had in the development of the above reports are outlined in the Consultation Summary Report.


This Environmental Assessment (EA) Study is being directed by a Steering Committee (SC) under the funding partnership of the National Capital Commission (NCC), the Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) and the ministère des Transports du Québec (MTQ). It is being guided by a Study Team (ST) consisting of the funding partners and the cities of Ottawa and Gatineau.