Over the years, Groupe Hémisphères has acquired solid expertise in environmental assessment for both small and large-scale projects. Our personalized approach allows a company’s directors to know where they stand regarding the environmental impacts of their projects and the best ways to mitigate them.
Environmental Assessment of Small Infrastructure Projects
(Usually requiring a certificate of authorization)
The majority of infrastructure projects demand a certificate of authorization, pursuant to articles 22 and 32 of the Quebec Environment Quality Act. In most cases, certificate requests must be prepared by biologists or other experienced specialists. Groupe Hémisphères has the necessary expertise, has an excellent reputation and:
- defines and characterizes streams, wetlands and other sensitive elements found on lots to be developed or enhanced;
- produces the technical reports required to obtain certificates of authorization (CA pursuant to article 22 at the provincial level, and screening at the federal level);
- prepares the certificate of authorization requests;
- defines the environmental mitigation and compensatory measures necessary for the relevant authorities to grant a certificate of authorization;
- handles negotiations and follow-up with departments and ministries;
- monitors the work as needed after the certificate of authorization has been obtained.
Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) for Large-Scale Projects
Environmental impact assessments are a vital component of any large-scale project. Knowledge of the receiving environment is a central aspect of these studies. Groupe Hémisphères offers all of the necessary services pertaining to the biophysical facets of an impact assessment and:
- determines the project’s area of influence;
- describes the receiving (physical and biological) environment through inventories and literature reviews;
- suggests alternative methods based on sensitive environments recorded;
- prepares inventory reports and a description of the receiving environment;
- assesses impacts according to recognized government and industry standards;
- recommends mitigation measures adapted to the location and scope of the project;
- suggests environmental follow-ups;
- develops an environmental monitoring plan;
- takes part in public hearings.