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Ex GUERRIER NORDIQUE 2023 (149890)
Proposal Status: Conformity Determination Issued
Project Overview
Type of application: New
Proponent name: Sarah Rahmer
Company: Department of National Defence / Defence Construction Canada
Start Date: 2023-02-22
End Date: 2023-03-22
Operation Type: Annual
Project Description:
The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) 2 Canadian Division (2 Div) intends to conduct a Northern Exercise (NOREX), known as GUERRIER NORDIQUE 2023 (GN 23) in Nunavut, from 22 February 2023 until 22 March 2023. The exercise will take place in the broad region of Cornwallis Island and Little Cornwallis Island. NOREX GN 23 fulfills one of the pillars of Canada’s Defence Policy, by ensuring that Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) training meets the highly technical requirements of modern militaries through training and certification across the full spectrum of military operations including humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, peace support operations, or combat. The NOREX will enhance Canadian sovereignty in Canada’s Arctic and also allow 35 Canadian Brigade Group (35 CBG) to maintain an Arctic response capability. At the heart of this effort is our Arctic Response Company Group (ARCG). The overall training objective of NOREX GN 23 is to validate our ARCG’s capabilities to carry full spectrum operation in an Arctic environment. Thus, confirming our ability to operate in a harsh environment, comprised of austere conditions in remote locations, and to command under harsh weather conditions. Finally, soldiers will hone their fighting skills in survivability, mobility, and sustainability, and will have the opportunity to work alongside Canadian Rangers and international partners. The NOREX will be conducted with strict environmental considerations as to have as little as possible impact on the territorial, regional and local community partners. The area of operation (AO) will encompass the surroundings of Resolute Bay, Little Cornwallis Island and Templeton Bay
Persons: 154
Days: 8
Project Map
List of all project geometries:
ID Geometry Location Name
9324 point Point A - Area of Operation
9325 point Point B - Area of Operation
9326 point Point C - Area of Operation
9327 point Point D - Area of Operation
9328 point Land OP - Resolute Bay
9329 point Land OP - Little Cornwallis Island
9330 point Land OP - Templeton Bay
9331 point Training range
9332 point Skiway
Planning Regions:
Affected Areas and Land Types
Settlement Area
North Baffin Planning Region
Project Land Use and Authorizations
Project Land Use
Licensing Agencies
QIA: Exemption Certificate
INAC: Class A Land Use Permit
Other Licensing Requirements
No data found.
Material Use
Type Quantity Size Use
LOSV + Komatic 35 1m x 3.15m Troop and equipment transport
BV-206 7 6.8m x 1.8m Troop and equipment transport
Crew cab 4 2m x 6.6m Equipment transport
C-177 1 53m x 51m Troop and equipment transport
Helicopter astar 350 1 10.5m x 10.5m Troop and equipment transport
Hercules 3 30m x 36.5m Troop and equipment transport
Tent 15 4.5m x 4.5m Shelter
HQSS 1 22m x 7m x 3m Shelter
HQSS heater 3 1.7m x 0.6m x 0.6m Heat
Snow machines 5 L 4.5m / W 1.3m / H 1.1m Surfacing equipment
Heaters 8 L 1m / W 2m / H1M Heating Tents
Heaters 2 L1.2m / W2.5 / H1.2m Heating Tents
2K Generator 4 L.5m / W.3m / H.2m Power
Tent Group 8 3m diameter Shelter
Fuel Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
Diesel 36 20 Liters Fuel
Gasoline 28 20 Liters Fuel
Other 20 4 Liters Oil (LOSV)
Other 56 4 Liters Naphtha
Diesel 3 208 Liters Fuel
Gasoline 3 208 Liters Fuel
Hazardous Material and Chemical Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
No records found.
Water Consumption
Daily Amount (m3) Retrieval Method Retrieval Location
Waste and Impacts
Environmental Impacts
The following is a list of potential impacts which could result from the proposed activities, including mitigation measures: a. Activity and vehicle traffic from the proposed activities is expected to increase ambient noise levels and may also cause minor disturbance to the wildlife within the vicinity of activity locations. However, since all activities will be temporary, impacts are expected to be minimal. b.Vehicles involved in NOREX GN 23 will release particles into the atmosphere and contribute to greenhouse gas emissions. Air quality in the vicinity of activities may be temporarily reduced due to the increased fumes. However, due to the relatively short duration of the activity, and the use of new, lower emission vehicles, impacts to the atmosphere are expected to be minimal. c.Despite direction to ensure all waste material is to be properly contained and transported back for disposal, the potential exists for waste material produced during NOREX GN 23 to litter property or be windblown onto surrounding locations. However, every effort will be made to ensure this does not happen; therefore, the impact is considered to be easily mitigated and insignificant. d.Should a fuel leak and/or spill occur from vehicles, equipment, etc., the possibility exists for contamination of ground water resources, soil and/or surface water. However, all units traveling outside Resolute Bay will have spill cleanup supplies, and will be instructed on their use; therefore, the potential for a malfunction and/or accident to cause any significant impact is low. e.Peary Caribou are an endangered species and live in the vicinity of Resolute Bay. Dolphin and Union Caribou are a species of special concern and live in the vicinity of Resolute Bay. Human activities have the potential to disturb these animals, however any caribou seen will be avoided minimizing the potential disturbance of any individual caribou or caribou herds. f.Polar bears are a specie of special concern and are present in the AO as they are bound to the population of their main prey: the seal. All appropriate measures in terms of containment of food and waste will be taken as to avoid attracting them needlessly to the bivouacs. Also, due to the type of activities carried during the NOREX, an encounter is much less likely. However, in such a situation, predator control protocols may need to be used, causing the need to drive off or kill an animal. Designated personnel will be given training on the best non-lethal and lethal methods for predator control. In any case, non-lethal methods will be prioritized. g.The used of blank ammunitions does generate brass which could cause contamination of ground soils and/or water surface. However, all weapons will be equipped with a brass-catcher bag that will collect those after which they will be bagged, carried, returned to CAFATC until they can be returned to Quebec for disposal at military facilities with rest of the salvage. While there is potential for activities to impact the environment, mitigation measures have been established to minimize their significance. These mitigation measures include, but are not limited, to: a. An environmental brief will be provided to personnel involved in the exercise to ensure they have the required general level of environmental awareness and knowledge, and are aware of requirements related to wildlife prevention, response and reporting. b.Vehicle movement will be restricted in sensitive areas. In the event established trails are impassable, personnel will be instructed to use alternate routes for as limited a distance as necessary. Individuals will be tasked to ensure waste material and litter is collected on the site prior to departing the camp location. All waste produced on site will be packed out to Resolute Bay for proper disposal. c.In order to prevent any unnecessary wildlife encounters, all waste will be appropriately contained, stored and removed from the sites as soon as possible. d.Personnel will be made aware of the potential for threats from local wildlife and instructed to avoid encounters or disrupt any wildlife unless absolutely necessary. e.Local treatment systems and municipal landfill or incineration will be used for the disposal of human waste. Waste generated during foot patrols or when municipal services are otherwise unavailable, will be bagged and packed out for appropriate disposal; f.Local landfill or incineration will be used for the disposal of combustible waste. Disposal will occur in accordance with territorial and municipal regulations (waste will be handled by contract); g.Local landfill, incineration or recycling centers, where available, will be used for the disposal of non-combustible wastes. Disposal will occur in accordance with territorial and municipal requirements (waste will be handled and disposed by contract); h.All noise making activities will be limited as much as possible. i.Vehicles and equipment will be maintained in good repair to prevent leakage of fuel, oil, etc. j.Generators will be placed within suitable containment throughout the operation, and will be emptied for transportation; k.Use of spill containment items including drip pans or mobile plastic berms will be maximized during refueling. l.All fuel storage systems and containers to be used in NOREX GN 23 will be transported, stored, protected, etc. according to proper legislation, regulation, codes and guidelines. m.All hazardous materials (HAZMAT) and fuel will be stored in approved storage containers and facilities, including compliant secondary containment and will be stored in accordance with municipal, territorial, and federal regulations; n.HAZMAT prevention/response resources (spill pans, hydrocarbon spill pads, absorbal, etc.) will be available and ready for use if required. Spill kits will be specifically located at all fuel storage areas, vehicle maintenance areas and refueling areas. o.All hazardous materials (HAZMAT), fuel storage, generator and vehicle parking areas are subject to inspection by environmental support staff. All involved elements will appoint an environmental representative, accountable for the supervision of best environmental practices; p.HAZMAT waste will be appropriately packaged and transported to a suitable facility for disposal, in accordance with appropriate regulations – provided by a third party waste disposal facility if required; and, q.Photographs will be taken of all training location sites, and temporary camp locations before, during and after use. Based on all of the information available regarding the proposed NOREX GN 23 and the surrounding environment, if designed and carried out as planned using identified mitigation measures, follow-up programs and monitoring, NOREX GN 23 is not likely to cause any significant effect on the environment.
Waste Management
Waste Type Quantity Generated Treatement Method Disposal Method
Combustible wastes 24000L N/A Garbage disposed via existing infrastructure
Greywater 4500L N/A Disposed via existing infrastructure
Sewage (human waste) 18000L N/A Collected (bagged) and disposed via existing infrastructure
Category: Application form attachment - Project description
Recieved: 2022-11-14
Originator: Sarah Rahmer
Public Registry ID: 20943
Document Size: 294.93 Kb
Category: Application related document - Conformity Determination Letter
Recieved: 2022-11-24
Originator: Adrian Gerhartz
Public Registry ID: 21003
Document Size: 234.38 Kb
2022-11-02 14:49:08, from: Adrian Gerhartz
 Hi Sarah, the project schedule dates in your application don’t reflect the proposed dates of February 2023 to March 2023. Please rectify this issue. We also need you to identify other authorizing agencies and licensing requirements for your project.

2022-11-03 10:20:45, from: Sarah Rahmer
 Hi Adrian, further to our conversation, the adjustments have been made. Thank you.

2022-11-03 10:20:51, from: Sarah Rahmer
 Hi Adrian, further to our conversation, the adjustments have been made. Thank you.


Environmental Protection:
s3.13.8: The applicant undertakes to prevent any new occurrences of pollution, garbage and contamination at the site of the development.

Removal of Fuel Drums:
s3.13.8: The applicant undertakes to remove all drums safely from the site and dispose of the drums in a safe manner.

New Site Restoration and Clean Up:
s3.13.1 and Appendix H, s1: The applicant undertakes to clean up the site and restore the site to its natural condition to the greatest extent possible.

Old Site Restoration and Clean Up:
s3.13.2: The applicant undertakes to clean up the site and restore the site to its original condition to the greatest extent possible, including any work required due to the applicant's action prior to this application.

Low-Level Air Flights:
Appendix H, s3: Will the applicant avoid all low-level flights?
i. If not, explain why such flights are or may be absolutely necessary.
ii. If such flights are or may be absolutely necessary, will they avoid disturbance to people and wildlife?
iii. If not, explain why it is not possible to avoid such disturbance.

Caribou Protection Measures:
s3.3.7 and Appendix D: Will the applicant comply with the Caribou Protection Measures outlined in section 2.4.6 and in Appendix D?

Caribou Water Crossings:
s3.3.7 and map: Will the applicant avoid, between may 15 and September 1, to construct any camp, cache any fuel or conduct any blasting within 10 km of any Designated Caribou Water Crossing identified

Polar Bear Denning Areas and Walrus Haul-outs:
s3.3.8: Will the applicant keep its activities away from any polar bear denning area or walrus haul-out?

Reporting of Archaeological Sites:
s3.11.3 and Appendix H, s2 and s8: Will the applicant immediately report the discovery of all suspected archaeological sites to the Department of Culture, Language, Elders and Youth (GN)?