VICTORIA – Environment Minister Mary Polak has determined that the
Jumbo Glacier Resort project has not been substantially started.
As a result, the environmental assessment certificate has expired and
Glacier Resorts Ltd. cannot proceed with developing this project unless
a new certificate is obtained.
The minister was required to make a determination because the
Environmental Assessment Act requires that all approved projects must
be substantially started within the time limit set out in the
certificate or the certificate expires. Documentation related to the
minister’s decision can be found at: http://tinyurl.com/q93nzon
Substantially started decisions are considered on a case-by-case basis.
In making her decision, the minister focused on the physical activities
that had taken place at the project site. In this case, the minister
determined that the physical activities undertaken on the various
components did not meet the threshold of a substantially started
In making her determination, the minister considered:
* submissions from Glacier Resorts Ltd., the Ktunaxa Nation Council and
the Shuswap Indian Band;
* guidance from the court decision in Taku River Tlingit First Nation
v. British Columbia;
* the Environmental Assessment Office’s substantially started
determination report; and
* her own observations from a visit to the Jumbo Glacier Resort project
site on Oct. 11, 2014.
The minister considered information submitted by the Ktunaxa Nation
Council and the Shuswap Indian Band because the project is located in
their asserted traditional territories.
The project is a year-round ski resort development in the Jumbo Creek
valley, 55 kilometres west of Invermere. The Province issued an
environmental assessment certificate for the project on Oct. 12, 2004.
As a result of an extension issued in 2009, the expiry date of the
certificate was Oct. 12, 2014.