Highway and water infrastructure projects – Environmental requirements

Compliance with environmental requirements when planning, designing and constructing highway and water infrastructure projects.


Our processes and documents help ensure consultants and contractors working on highway and water infrastructure projects comply with provincial and federal environmental regulatory requirements.


Use the Terms of Reference for Environmental Evaluation for both functional planning studies and preliminary design work.

Environmental evaluations must identify and sufficiently detail environmentally sensitive features, including but not limited to:

  • fish bearing watercourses
  • wetlands
  • federally and provincially protected species

The level of detail required may vary depending on whether or not the project is on the Major construction projects.

Consultants carrying out functional planning and/or preliminary design activities must follow these processes:

Design and construction

Contractors involved in construction activities with us must follow these processes as per contract requirements:

Navigation Protection Act

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The Navigation Protection Act is federal legislation administered by Transport Canada. The following documents help consultants and contractors comply with this Act and determine navigational requirements related to their projects:

Fisheries Act

The Fisheries Act is federal legislation administered by Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Environment Canada. Contact the Environmental Regulation section for further information on compliance with this Act.


Connect with the Environmental Regulation section:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-644-4499
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
Email: [email protected]

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4999 98 Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta  T6B 2X3