ILM: Consultation and approvals

Nicola Valley

Keeping you informed is our priority

We will continue to provide information and respond to enquiries as construction of the Interior to Lower Mainland Transmission (ILM) Project proceeds.

If you have questions any questions about the project, please contact us at:

  • Phone: 604 623 4472
  • Toll free: 1 866 647 3334
  • Fax: 604 623 3937
  • Email

Public, government agencies & Aboriginal groups consulted

Property owners, First Nations, government agencies and the public had the opportunity to provide input into the route selection process.

See consultation materials and presentations.

First Nations engagement

BC Hydro Aboriginal Relations department is leading the engagement of First Nations. First Nations are presented with the opportunity to participate in the broader public consultation process, but are also directly engaged to be informed of the project and to identify potential impacts it may have on their interests.

If you would like to learn more about the project, please contact:

  • Jim Scouras, BC Hydro Aboriginal Relations
  • Email

Regulatory approvals now in place

The British Columbia Utilities Commission granted the ILM project a certificate of public convenience and necessity [PDF, 2.1 MB] in September 2011.

See the full regulatory history of the project in the BCUC Reconsideration of the ILM project.

Environmental impacts examined, project approved

All environmental and regulatory approvals are now in place.

In June 2009, an Environmental Assessment Certificate [PDF, 2.1 MB] was granted under the B.C. Environmental Assessment Act. The environmental assessment for the ILM project examined potential effects to biological, physical and cultural resources from species habitat to land use and public health.

In granting the certificate, the government concluded that construction of the ILM project will not have significant adverse effects, owing to the mitigation measures and commitments outlined for the project.

Some of the more than 90 commitments include:

  • Funding contributions to a captive breeding and re-introduction program for the northern spotted owl in order to minimize impacts to their habitat area.
  • Securing wetlands for a population of Oregon spotted frogs and providing the Ministry of Environment with funding to complete six years of egg mass surveys. At present, there are only a few populations of Oregon spotted frogs in B.C., all in the Fraser Valley. In 1999, they were declared an endangered species and are protected under the British Columbia Wildlife Act.
  • Providing funding for Ministry of Forest projects to mitigate the loss of timber harvest land base.
  • Avoiding in-stream works on fish-bearing water courses.