The following depicts the working relationships between various subgroups responsible for participating in this study:
- An EA Study Team coordinated by the NCC and consisting of staff from the NCC, MTO, MTQ, the City of Ottawa and the City of Gatineau responsible for providing advice and guidance to the Consultant on the EA Study process, assumptions, methodologies, and deliverables, overseeing the public consultation process and input received from the public, and providing advice to the NCC Project Manager on the administration of the EA Study.
- An EA Study Steering Committee coordinated by the NCC including senior management representation from the NCC, the MTO, MTQ , City of Ottawa and the City of Gatineau. Provides administrative guidance, has oversight responsibility on the deliverables associated with the EA Study, provides advice to decision-makers on the conclusions and recommendations of the EA Study, and aims for consensus on financial issues in accordance with the tripartite funding Agreement for this EA Study.
- A Federal Environmental Assessment Coordination Group/Committee chaired by the EA coordinator. This group/committee is determined through the issuance of Federal Coordination letters to establish regulatory and expert capacities. The federal members that sit on this committee may be the same as those that sit on the Technical Advisory Committee noted below.
- A Technical Advisory Committee established to provide technical guidance and advice to the NCC Project Manager and Consultant. The Technical Advisory Committee may include, but not be limited to: staff from the Federal Environmental Assessment Coordination Group/ Committee, City of Ottawa, City of Gatineau, MOE, MDDEP, MTO, MTQ, Société de transport de l’Outaouais and OC Transpo. This Committee will be actively involved throughout this EA Study in providing technical advice to the Consultant and reviewing technical reports produced by the Consultant.
- A Public Consultation Group, which includes representatives of business associations, community associations that provide a regional perspective, environmental groups, heritage groups, transportation groups, trucking associations and any other relevant groups from both sides of the Ottawa River. The purpose of the Public Consultation Group will be to facilitate the understanding of issues and for committee members to provide feedback. Terms of Reference for the Public Consultation Group are available here.
- A Communications Advisory Committee includes the Consultants and representatives from the NCC, MTO, MTQ, the City of Ottawa and City of Gatineau. The purpose of the committee will be to develop a comprehensive communications strategy and to proactively manage issues being raised by the public.
- Community Consultation Groups. Individual community associations will be invited to participate. The purpose of the Community Consultation Group is to provide input and advice on: the community values for each individual corridor being investigated, issues that need to be captured as evaluation criteria, weighting the importance of the criteria, and appropriate mitigation measures that would be acceptable. Terms of Reference for the Community Consultation Group are available here.
- A First Nations Consultation Group. The purpose of the group is to provide input and advice on the analysis and findings of the EA Study.
The Roche-GENIVAR joint venture will execute the technical aspects of the Phase 2B Study.