In late August, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency returned a decision in favor of the project, stating that, “after taking into consideration the screening report and taking into account the implementation of appropriate mitigation measures, the authorities are of the opinion that the project is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.”
In Serpent River First nation the project will be located roughly halfway between Sudbury and Sault Ste. Marie along the north shore of Lake Huron. Here would be establish Migisi (eagle) Illumination Industries, an LED light assembly plant.
The development would encompass a 25,000-square-foot warehouse, in addition to servicing for power, water, septic and telecommunications, a parking lot and loading area of 4,800 square meters, and an access road corridor.
The project is expected to create 59 jobs and generate $2 million in revenue within the first five years of operation.
The First Nation now must designate the parcel of land slated for the project to commercial zoning to move forward. Band members will vote on the decision on Oct.4.
If the membership votes in favor of the change, a 25-acre parcel of land would be given commercial designation, and would allow for the establishment of the light plant, as well as additional economic development initiatives.