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- 1 - PROJECT AGREEMENT FOR THE TRANS MOUNTAIN PIPELINE EXPANSION PROJECT IN ALBERTA AND BRITISH COLUMBIA PREAMBLE The National Energy Board (NEB) has commenced a review pursuant to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 (CEAA 2012) and National Energy Board Act (NEB Act) for Trans Mountain Pipeline ULC’s (the Proponent) proposed Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project (the Project). The Project consists of an expansion of the existing Trans Mountain Pipeline System (TMPL) between Edmonton, Alberta and Burnaby, British Columbia increasing its capacity on the TMPL system from the current 300,000 barrels per day (bbl/d) to 890,000 bbl/d. The Project would include 994 km of new pipeline, new and modified facilities including pump stations and tanks, and three new berths at the Westridge Marine Terminal in Burnaby, British Columbia. Although the increased marine shipping to and from the Terminal is not part of the Project proposed by the Proponent, the NEB has determined 1 that potential environmental and socio- economic effects of those marine shipping activities, including the potential effects of accidents or malfunctions that may occur, are relevant to the Board’s consideration of the application under the NEB Act. The NEB is a quasi-judicial administrative tribunal and nothing in this Agreement should be construed as permitting activities that will undermine the quasi-judicial function of the NEB process, including compliance with the principles of natural justice. Nothing in this Project Agreement (the Agreement) fetters the powers, statutory authorities and functions of federal departments/agencies and their respective Ministers. The signatories to this Agreement (the Parties) commit to work together to facilitate an effective, accountable, transparent, timely and predictable federal review in relation to the Project and to contribute to fulfilling the Crown’s duty to consult Aboriginal groups. 1.0 PURPOSE The purpose of this document is to provide detailed information pertaining to the federal review process where the NEB is the responsible authority for an environmental assessment (EA) pursuant to CEAA 2012 and will conduct a hearing process as defined by the NEB Act. 2.0 ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES The following federal departments and agencies have identified an interest in the Project, and will participate in the federal review through the NEB hearing process in order to obtain information required to discharge their roles and responsibilities associated with the Project, to the extent possible. This will allow for relevant information with respect to their areas of 1 Refer to Issue #5 in the List of Issues as outlined in the Hearing Order OH-001-2014,

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    PROJECT AGREEMENT FOR THE TRANS MOUNTAIN PIPELINE EXPANSION PROJECT IN ALBERTA AND BRITISH COLUMBIA

    PREAMBLE The National Energy Board (NEB) has commenced a review pursuant to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 (CEAA 2012) and National Energy Board Act (NEB Act) for Trans Mountain Pipeline ULCs (the Proponent) proposed Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project (the Project). The Project consists of an expansion of the existing Trans Mountain Pipeline System (TMPL) between Edmonton, Alberta and Burnaby, British Columbia increasing its capacity on the TMPL system from the current 300,000 barrels per day (bbl/d) to 890,000 bbl/d. The Project would include 994 km of new pipeline, new and modified facilities including pump stations and tanks, and three new berths at the Westridge Marine Terminal in Burnaby, British Columbia. Although the increased marine shipping to and from the Terminal is not part of the Project proposed by the Proponent, the NEB has determined1 that potential environmental and socio-economic effects of those marine shipping activities, including the potential effects of accidents or malfunctions that may occur, are relevant to the Boards consideration of the application under the NEB Act. The NEB is a quasi-judicial administrative tribunal and nothing in this Agreement should be construed as permitting activities that will undermine the quasi-judicial function of the NEB process, including compliance with the principles of natural justice. Nothing in this Project Agreement (the Agreement) fetters the powers, statutory authorities and functions of federal departments/agencies and their respective Ministers. The signatories to this Agreement (the Parties) commit to work together to facilitate an effective, accountable, transparent, timely and predictable federal review in relation to the Project and to contribute to fulfilling the Crowns duty to consult Aboriginal groups. 1.0 PURPOSE The purpose of this document is to provide detailed information pertaining to the federal review process where the NEB is the responsible authority for an environmental assessment (EA) pursuant to CEAA 2012 and will conduct a hearing process as defined by the NEB Act. 2.0 ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES The following federal departments and agencies have identified an interest in the Project, and will participate in the federal review through the NEB hearing process in order to obtain information required to discharge their roles and responsibilities associated with the Project, to the extent possible. This will allow for relevant information with respect to their areas of 1 Refer to Issue #5 in the List of Issues as outlined in the Hearing Order OH-001-2014,

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    responsibility and/or expertise, including effects of increased marine shipping, to be reflected in the official hearing record. Responsible authority: The NEB will ensure that an EA and regulatory review are conducted

    and a Report is submitted to the Minister of Natural Resources (the Minister); Federal authorities (FAs): Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO)2, Transport Canada (TC),

    Environment Canada (EC), Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), Health Canada (HC), Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC), Canadian Coast Guard (CCG), Vancouver Fraser Port Authority (VFPA), and the Parks Canada Agency (PCA) may be in possession of specialist or expert information or knowledge with respect to the Project;

    Regulatory departments and agency: DFO2, EC, PCA, VFPA, and AANDC may have

    regulatory and statutory duties in relation to the Project;

    With regard to potential environmental or socio-economic effects from the increase in marine shipping that would result from the Project, TC, EC, VFPA and DFO possess specialist or expert information and have registered as Intervenors in the hearing process to provide expertise in these areas as appropriate, including on the adequacy of mitigations proposed and on the significance of any potential residual adverse effects;

    AANDC has advisory responsibilities in relation to the Project to support consistency with

    the Government of Canadas Whole of Government approach to Aboriginal consultation activities;

    NRCan will manage the Submission by the Minister to Treasury Board for a decision and Order by the Governor-in-Council (GiC) on the project; and,

    The Major Projects Management Office (MPMO) will provide oversight and advice throughout the entire federal review in relation to the Project to ensure adherence to the service standards and roles and responsibilities of all Parties as described in the Agreement. Additionally, the MPMO will play an oversight role throughout the federal review in regard to Aboriginal consultation.

    3.0 ABORIGINAL CONSULTATION The Parties are committed to a Whole of Government approach to Aboriginal consultation that is integrated with the NEB process, to the extent possible. Where applicable, the terms and conditions of all existing agreements or protocols and/or memorandums of understanding between the Crown and Aboriginal groups will be respected. Aboriginal engagement and consultation roles and responsibilities are identified in Annex III. 2 As per the Memorandum of Understanding between the National Energy Board and Fisheries and Oceans Canada for Cooperation and Administration of the Fisheries Act and the Species at Risk Act Related to Regulating Energy Infrastructure.

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    4.0 TIMELINES Timelines identified in the Agreement represent the time expected to be taken by federal departments and agencies in carrying out their respective tasks. The timelines do not account for time taken by the Proponent to provide information or undertake a study at the request of the NEB during the hearing process, as approved by the Chairperson, or regulatory departments during the regulatory phase. Timelines also do not take into account extensions that could be ordered under the NEB Act. The target timelines for the federal review are as follows and as outlined in the Gantt chart in Annex II:

    a) Submission of the NEB Report to the Minister setting out its recommendation on a Certificate, as per the NEB Act 15 months after the day on which the applicant has, in the NEBs opinion, provided a complete application.

    b) Submission of the recommendation by the Minister to Treasury Board for decision by the Governor-in-Council (GiC) on the project issuance of the GiC Order setting out its decision on the project Within 3 months from the submission of the NEBs Report to the Minister.

    c) Regulatory action by the NEB in accordance with the GiC Order Within 7 days after

    the Order is made.

    d) Regulatory decisions pursuant to the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 90 days from the issuance of the GiC Order assuming submission of a complete application no later than September 1, 2014 and no additional consultation is required.

    e) Regulatory decisions pursuant to the Fisheries Act 90 days from receipt of a complete application submitted in accordance with, and subject to, the requirements of the Applications for Authorization under Paragraph 35(2)(b) of the Fisheries Act Regulations assuming the GiC decision has been made and no additional consultation is required.

    f) Regulatory decisions pursuant to the Canada National Parks Act 140 days from receipt

    of a complete application assuming the GiC decision has been made and no additional consultation is required.

    g) Regulatory decisions pursuant to the Indian Act - 90 days from receipt of a Band Council Resolution and/or easement agreement being reached between the parties, assuming the GiC decision has been made, no additional consultation is required, and all other requirements have been met.

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    5.0 SIGNATORIES The Parties hereto have signed the Agreement, in counterpart, on the dates indicated below. Original signed by Bob Hamilton September 3, 2014 Deputy Minister Natural Resources Canada Original signed by Peter Watson September 11, 2014 Chief Executive Officer National Energy Board Original signed by Matthew King September 9, 2014 Deputy Minister Fisheries and Oceans Canada Original signed by Yazmine Laroche September 11, 2014 Associate Deputy Minister Infrastructure Canada (on behalf of Louis Lvesque Deputy Minister, Transport Canada) Original signed by Michael Martin September 5, 2014 Deputy Minister Environment Canada Original signed by Colleen Swords September 10, 2014 Deputy Minister Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada

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    Original signed by Alan Latourelle September 6, 2014 Chief Executive Officer The Parks Canada Agency Original signed by Robin Silvester September 11, 2014 President & CEO Vancouver Fraser Port Authority

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    Annex I

    Key Milestones and Service Standards for the Environmental Assessment, Regulatory Review and Aboriginal Consultation

    The following table sets out the target timelines for the federal review of the Project. Milestone deadlines within the Hearing Order apply to every participant in the hearing process and if a Party needs an extension, the Party must seek leave of the NEB and explain why an extension ought to be granted. All Parties acknowledge that extensions to deadlines may not be possible because of the legislated time limit.

    Milestone Lead Support as Needed Timeline3/

    Completion Date 1 Submit the CPCN application Proponent December 16, 2013 2 Issue Hearing Order and List

    of Participants NEB April 2, 2014

    3 Round 1 information requests to the Proponent NEB April 17, 2014

    4 Release draft conditions for information purposes NEB April 17, 2014

    5 Round 1 information requests to the Proponent

    NRCan/EC/ AANDC/PCA MPMO May 12, 2014

    6 Respond to Round 1 NEB information requests Proponent May 14, 2014

    7 Respond to Round 1 intervenor information requests

    Proponent June 18, 2014

    8 File motions regarding adequacy of Proponents responses

    NRCan/EC/ AANDC/PCA MPMO July 4, 2014

    9 Round 2 information requests to the Proponent NEB July 4, 2014

    10 Respond to intervenor motions regarding IR response adequacy

    Proponent July 11, 2014

    11 Respond to the Proponents comments on intervenor motions

    NRCan/EC/ AANDC/PCA MPMO July 16, 2014

    12 Respond to Round 2 NEB information requests Proponent July 21, 2014

    3 Timeline may vary as extensions or modifications may be sought and granted throughout the NEB hearing. Please refer to the NEBs website for Hearing Order OH-001-2014 and any subsequent rulings and procedural directions for the most up-to-date schedule.

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    Milestone Lead Support as Needed Timeline3/

    Completion Date 13 Oral hearings to collect

    Aboriginal traditional evidence

    NEB August 25 to September 5, 2014

    14 File supplemental evidence Proponent September 4, 2014 15 Oral hearings to collect

    Aboriginal traditional evidence

    NEB October 16 to October 24, 2014

    16 Oral hearings to collect Aboriginal traditional evidence

    NEB November 13 to November 28, 2014

    17 File studies and information on Route 1&2 and supplemental evidence

    Proponent December 1, 2014

    18 Round 3 information requests to the Proponent NEB January 9, 2015

    19 Round 2 information requests to the Proponent

    NRCan/EC/ AANDC/PCA/

    TC/DFO MPMO January 9, 2015

    20 Oral hearings to collect Aboriginal traditional evidence related to Route 1&2

    NEB TBD, if required

    21 Respond to Round 3 NEB information requests Proponent February 3, 2015

    22 Respond to Round 2 intervenor information requests

    Proponent February 10, 2015

    23 File motions regarding adequacy of the Proponents responses

    NRCan/EC/ AANDC/PCA/

    TC/DFO MPMO February 19, 2015

    24 Respond to intervenor motions regarding IR response adequacy

    Proponent March 5, 2015

    25 Respond to the Proponents responses on intervenor motions

    NRCan/EC/ AANDC/PCA/

    TC/DFO MPMO March 10, 2015

    26 File letter of comment HC MPMO March 16, 2015 27 File written evidence NRCan/EC/

    AANDC/PCA/ TC/DFO

    MPMO May 1, 2015

    28 Information requests to intervenors by other intervenors or the Proponent

    NRCan/EC/ AANDC/PCA/

    TC/DFO, Proponent MPMO May 25, 2015

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    Milestone Lead Support as Needed Timeline3/

    Completion Date 29 Respond to information

    requests from intervenors or the Proponent

    NRCan/EC/ AANDC/PCA/

    TC/DFO MPMO June 15, 2015

    30 Round 4 information requests to Proponent NEB June 19, 2015

    31 Information requests to Intervenors NEB June 19, 2015

    32 Respond to Round 4 NEB information requests Proponent July 6, 2015

    33 Respond to NEB information requests

    NRCan/EC/ AANDC/PCA/

    TC/DFO MPMO July 6, 2015

    34 Release draft conditions for comment NEB July 7, 2015

    35 File reply evidence Proponent July 10, 2015 36 File affidavits swearing

    evidence, notices of intent to present oral summary argument and/or reply argument

    Proponent, NRCan/EC/

    AANDC/PCA/ TC/DFO

    MPMO July 10, 2015

    37 File written argument-in-chief, including comments on draft conditions

    Proponent July 24, 2015

    38 Oral hearings begin to hear the Proponents oral summary argument

    NEB, Proponent July 2015

    39 File written argument-in-chief and reply to Proponent, including comments on draft conditions

    NRCan/EC/ AANDC/PCA/

    TC/DFO MPMO August 6, 2015

    40 Oral hearings continue to hear intervenors oral summary argument and/or reply argument

    NEB, Proponent, NRCan/EC/

    AANDC/PCA/ TC/DFO

    MPMO September 2015

    41 File written reply argument Proponent October 2015 42 Hearing record closes NEB Immediately after finishing argument 43 Submit NEBs Report to the

    Minister of NRCan NEB By January 25, 2016

    44 Issuance of the GiC Order setting out its decision on the project

    TB Cabinet Committee TBS/NRCan

    Within 3 months of submission of NEBs Report to the Minister

    of NRCan

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    Milestone Lead Support as Needed Timeline3/

    Completion Date 45 Regulatory action by the

    NEB in accordance with the GiC Order

    NEB Within 7 days after the Order is made

    46 Issue letter, on behalf of the Government of Canada, to Aboriginal groups

    MPMO NRCan Within one week of GiC Order

    47 Publish the GiC Order in the Canada Gazette PWGSC NRCan Within 15 days of the GIC Order

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    Annex II

    Gantt Chart: Target Timelines for the NEB Review4

    4 With respect to the NEB hearing process, the Chart above outlines some of the typical key procedural steps associated with an NEB hearing process and potential dates for those steps in relation to this Project. It is important to note that the dates presented here are neither official nor final. An official listing of procedural steps and associated timelines for the NEB hearing process will be established by the NEB Hearing Panel overseeing the application and are set out in the NEB Hearing Order for the Project.

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    Gantt Chart: Target Timelines for the Regulatory Phase5

    5 The Gantt chart is a baseline against which the timelines, identified in the Agreement expected to be taken by federal departments and agencies in carrying out their respective tasks for the Regulatory Phase, will be tracked. The timelines do not account for time taken by participants who are not signatories to this Agreement, such as the Proponent, provinces, Aboriginal groups, the public or other stakeholders.

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    Annex III

    Aboriginal Engagement and Consultation Approach and Roles and Responsibilities 1.0 Context The Government of Canada consults with Aboriginal people for legal reasons as well as for reasons of good governance, sound policy development and decision-making. Canada has statutory, contractual and common law obligations to consult Aboriginal groups. The Government of Canada will take a Whole of Government approach to Aboriginal consultation in the context of major projects to ensure that Aboriginal groups are sufficiently consulted, and where appropriate accommodated, when it contemplates actions that may adversely affect established or potential Aboriginal and treaty rights. These rights are recognized and affirmed in Section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982. This approach is mandated by both the Cabinet Directive on Improving the Performance of the Regulatory System for Major Resource Projects and the associated memorandum of understanding. The Directive states that Parties will work together towards a coordinated approach for Aboriginal consultation that is integrated with the EA, to the extent possible. The approach for federal consultation of Aboriginal groups for major projects was created in accordance with Aboriginal Consultation and Accommodation: Updated Guidelines for Federal Officials to Fulfill the Duty to Consult (AANDC; March 2011). 2.0 Identifying Aboriginal Groups The NEB will work with federal authorities, regulatory departments, and AANDC to help the Crown to establish, upon receipt of a Project Description, a list of potentially impacted Aboriginal groups. The Crown will finalize the list. Aboriginal groups consulted may change over time based on information received during the course of the review and information received from Aboriginal groups, as may the level of consultation activities undertaken by the Crown. The NEB will work closely with AANDC, MPMO and any other relevant federal department to ensure that the list of Aboriginal groups is kept up-to-date. 3.0 The Crown Consultation Process The Government of Canada will to the extent possible rely on the NEB process, including the hearing, to discharge any duty to consult for the Project. Aboriginal groups that have Project-related concerns should convey these concerns to the NEB, either orally or in writing, through the NEBs hearing process. Regulatory departments will likewise use the NEB process to respond to Project-specific concerns that may arise in relation to their mandates, as a mechanism to clarify and respond to issues and concerns raised. Supplementary Crown consultation activities will occur, should there be outstanding issues or concerns raised by Aboriginal groups that fall outside of the NEB process.

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    To help facilitate this process, the NEB will: Undertake an engagement program with identified Aboriginal groups to explain: (1) the NEB

    process; (2) the Participant Funding Program; and (3) how Aboriginal groups can utilize and participate in this process to ensure that their views on potential effects and possible mitigation measures are heard and considered;

    Conduct a public hearing process in respect of the Project application, including the following activities:

    Require that the Proponent distributes the Hearing Order to potentially impacted Aboriginal groups;

    Provide additional information, as necessary, to Aboriginal groups on how they can participate in the hearing process; and,

    Consider cultural practices, location and timing when planning the oral portion of the hearing.

    Assess the potential impacts of the Project on Aboriginal interests, including Aboriginal and treaty rights, as well as the appropriateness of potential mitigation measures; and,

    Refer to the MPMO and relevant federal authorities, all issues raised by Aboriginal persons or groups in the context of the NEBs Aboriginal engagement activities as well as during the public hearing proceeding.

    The MPMO will: Coordinate the Crown in a Whole of Government approach to Aboriginal consultation; In collaboration with regulatory authorities and other federal departments and agencies,

    assess project impacts to potential or established Aboriginal and treaty rights; Develop an Aboriginal consultation plan/framework in collaboration with regulatory

    authorities and other federal departments and agencies; Provide oversight to ensure the overall consistency, accountability, and transparency of the

    Aboriginal Crown consultation effort, for the entire federal review; Send correspondence to Aboriginal groups identified in the Crown list outlining the Crowns

    approach to Aboriginal consultation in relation to the Project; Coordinate the involvement and provide updates to regulatory departments and agencies and

    FAs regarding any federal Crown consultation activities with Aboriginal groups undertaken; For Aboriginal consultation activities outside the NEB process, the MPMO will house and

    maintain the official Record of Crown consultation; In collaboration with regulatory authorities and other federal departments and agencies,

    evaluate the sufficiency of the review process to satisfy the Crowns consultation obligations, including the NEB process and any other consultations outside of that process, to ensure the overall consistency, accountability and transparency of the Crown consultation effort during the entire Project review;

    Work with federal departments and agencies to determine whether further Crown action is required outside the NEB process to meet the Crowns duty; and,

    Serve as the focal point for providing instructions and otherwise interfacing with the Department of Justice in relation to the Project.

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    Regulatory Departments and Agencies will: Contribute to the Whole of Government approach by participating, where possible, in the

    NEB hearing process and coordinated activities throughout the entire federal review (including before, during and after the review) in areas relevant/appropriate to their mandates and areas of statutory and policy responsibility;

    Monitor and evaluate the adequacy of the NEBs process and any other consultations outside of that process to satisfy Crown consultation obligations in respect of their legislative mandates, and assist other representatives of the Crown in evaluating the overall adequacy of the NEB process to discharge the duty to consult;

    Fulfill obligations related to mandated responsibilities for issues raised in relation to the Project;

    Report to both the NEB (through the NEBs hearing process) and the MPMO, as appropriate, on any additional engagement and consultation activities undertaken, including any Aboriginal concerns raised;

    When issues are raised by Aboriginal groups or persons outside the NEB process that are beyond the regulatory departments and agencies mandates, but are relevant to the NEBs proceeding, refer these issues to the NEB. If these issues are outside the mandate of the NEB, refer them to the MPMO; and,

    Support issues analysis work, where required. FAs will: Participate in any of the above activities upon request by the NEB, the MPMO and/or

    regulatory departments, or may upon their own prerogatives, as appropriate. Department of Justice will: Participate in the establishment of the Crowns list of potentially impacted Aboriginal

    groups; Provide legal services, information and advice to the MPMO, regulatory departments and

    FAs as appropriate and required throughout the federal review; and, Assist in the evaluation of the scope, nature, and sufficiency of the Crowns consultation

    efforts. AANDC will: Participate in the establishment of the Crowns list of potentially impacted Aboriginal

    groups; As appropriate and required throughout the federal review, provide information and advice to

    the MPMO, regulatory departments and agencies and FAs; As required, provide advice and support to the evaluation of the scope, nature, and

    sufficiency of the Crowns consultation efforts; Follow-up with Aboriginal groups on project-related issues relevant to AANDCs mandate,

    if appropriate; and, As required, provide information, advice and support to contribute to the ongoing assessment

    of the identified Aboriginal groups potential or established Aboriginal or Treaty rights. Where appropriate, this will also include advice on modern treaties. This will support the necessary adjustments to the consultation process, as required.

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    NRCan will: Prepare a submission by the Minister to Cabinet for a decision and Order in Council for

    the project; and, Provide analysis, input, and advice to support NEBs review and government decision-

    making, as required.