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Write A Letter In Your Own Words

The most effective way to show your support. 

Citizens, businesses, organizations and groups, help us show the federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change that there is broad concern about Northern Pulp’s proposed pipe in the Strait. 

Fishermen from NS, PEI and NB and Pictou Landing First Nation have requested that the federal government conduct an environmental assessment of Northern Pulp’s proposed new effluent treatment project. The proposal would see 70-90 million litres of treated pulp effluent discharged into the prime fishing grounds of the Northumberland Strait every day.


The decision about whether the federal government will conduct this assessment is made by the federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change. In making her decision, she will consider a number of things, including whether this is an issue of broad public concern.


We need your help to demonstrate that broad public concern exists.


We are asking you to send a letter to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada stating why you, your business or organization is concerned. 

  • It is important that your letter should include this wording:  


Re: Request for Designation for CEAA Federal Assessment - Northern Pulp Effluent Treatment Facility"

I am writing to support the request from fishermen’s organizations from Nova Scotia, PEI and New Brunswick and Pictou Landing First Nation to have Northern Pulp’s Effluent Treatment Project designated a project for Federal Environmental Assessment under Section 14 of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA) 2012.


  • The rest of the letter is up to you. It does not have to be long, just say why you are concerned.  Consider including the below when you write your own letter. 

  1. Who you are. A parent, grandparent, business owner, property owner, fishing family, tourism worker, moved here because you loved its beauty, here for many generations...

  2. What you think about Norther Pulp's proposal to discharge effluent into the Northumberland Strait.

  3. Why you care. In your own words, why is this important to you.  You're connection to the Northumberland Strait and your association to any sectors that could be effected by this proposal (ie: fisheries, tourism, business owner, property owner, etc.)

If you would like to see a model letter you can draw from, click here. 

  • Please send a copy of your letter to We would like to keep track of organization and businesses who support this issue so we can keep in touch as we reach next stages of this campaign.


we are asking 

for a


Environmental Assessment. 


Mailing Your letter is free to federal & provincial members of government. Send your letter to:

The Honourable Catherine McKenna

Minister of Environment and Climate Change House of Commons

Ottawa, Ontario

K1A 0A6

Send copies of your letter to:

Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson

Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard

Room 420-N, Centre Block
Parliament Hill, 
Ottawa, ON 
K1A 0A2

Honourable Margaret Miller

Department of Environment

1894 Barrington Street, Suite 1800

P.O. Box 442

Halifax, NS

B3J 2P8

Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency NS Regional Office

Northern Pulp file  (stamp required)

200-1801 Hollis Street
Halifax, NS 

B3J 3N4

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