The Vision Eeyou Istchee Consortium, which consists of SYSTRA, Stantec and Desfor, has been mandated by the Cree Development Corporation (CDC) to carry out the feasibility study for Phase 1 of the La Grande Alliance’s infrastructure projects in Northern Quebec.
The study is part of the Memorandum of Understanding on the Cree-Quebec Sustainable Infrastructure Development Program in the Eeyou Istchee James Bay Region.
The Consortium conducts a study to evaluate the feasibility of the following infrastructure, in close collaboration with local communities and in accordance with sustainable development objectives:
- Upgrades to the access roads linking the Cree communities of Waskaganish, Eastmain and Wemindji to the Billy-Diamond Highway;
- Upgrade to the access road between the Cree community of Nemaska and the Route du Nord;
- A railway line following, as much as possible, the Billy-Diamond Highway between the town of Matagami and KM257 of the Highway;
- The recommissioning of the railway line between Grevet (Lebel-sur-Quévillon) and Chapais;
- Trans-shipment areas along the Billy-Diamond Highway and the Grevet-Chapais railway corridors, specifically one located at KM257.
Six Tasks are required from the joint venture under this mandate:
- Task 1 – Background research, strategy planning and project management which includes requirements for high level of interaction with Cree communities / Community Information Officers (CIOs) through Liaison Officer(s) appointed by the Consultant.
SYSTRA is providing the deputy project manager and is involved in the consultation with CIOs:
- Task 2 – Market Survey: SYSTRA is leading this task which consists in identifying potential users and revenues streams for the identified projects;
- Task 3 – Technical Feasibility Study: SYSTRA is leading the rail component which consists in assessing the technical feasibility of the proposed rail projects. It includes the inspection of the railway line between Grevet (Lebel-sur-Quévillon) and Chapais;
- Task 4 – Socio-Environmental Feasibility Study;
- Task 5 – Contingency/Mitigation Strategy and Planning;
- Task 6 – Final Report and Cost Evaluations (+/- 35 %).