Kativik Environmental Quality Commission (KEQC)
MandatThe Kativik Environmental Quality Commission (KEQC) is responsible for evaluating and examining projects located on land governed under the James Bay and Northern Québec Agreement (JBNQA) and located north of the 55th parallel. After analyzing preliminary information provided by the project initiator and information forwarded by the Provincial Administrator of the JBNQA (the Deputy Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks), the KEQC determines whether or not to submit the project to the assessment and review procedure to determine impacts on the environment and social milieu set forth in Chapter II of the Environment Quality Act. Where a project is submitted, the KEQC drafts a plan governing the scope of the environmental impact assessment to be conducted. If a project is not submitted to the procedure, the KEQC must issue a notice of exemption. The KEQC also analyzes impact assessments that are submitted to it and can hold public consultations within the communities that are affected by a project. It subsequently renders a decision whether or not to authorize a project.
The Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and the Fight against Climate Change
Kativik Environmental Advisory Committee (KEQC)
Environment Quality Act (R.S.Q., c. Q-2): sections 181 to 204.
James Bay and Northern Québec Agreement (JBNQA): section 23.3.
Members appointed by the government of Québec:
Members appointed by the Kativik Regional Government (KRG):
Ms. Michèle Séguin-Letendre
The Ministère assumes the operating costs of the KEQC. It makes provisions in the KEQC budget for financial assistance to allow members appointed by the KRG to participate in meetings. It also assumes the chairman’s fees.
The Ministère assigns some of its employees the responsibilities of analyzing projects that are handled by the KEQC.
See the Kativik Environmental Quality Commission website for more information, such as the minutes of meeting and decisions on projects submitted for environmental and social impact assessment and review.