Nunatsiavut Government is proposing a new airport near Nain

The Nunatsiavut Government is proposing a new airport near Nain, Newfoundland and Labrador.

The Impact Assessment Agency of Canada (the Agency) invites Indigenous Peoples and the public to review the summary of the Initial Project Description and provide comments on the proposed project.

This feedback will help the Agency prepare a summary of issues that will be given to the proponent.

The Agency is collaborating with the Nunatsiavut Government and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador as part of the impact assessment process for this project.

Comments received during the comment period will be shared with the other jurisdictions.

How can I participate? Comments should be submitted online by visiting the project home page on the Canadian Impact Assessment Registry (reference number 87156). The summary of the Initial Project Description is also available on the Registry. Participants who wish to provide their input in a different format can contact the Agency by writing to

Submit your comments online in either official language by 11:59 p.m. on February 16, 2024. All comments received will be published online as part of the project file.

Participant funding will be available to eligible participants during this comment period, and details will be announced shortly on the Registry. The Agency will retroactively reimburse eligible participants for their participation in this first comment period.

English Sessions will be held January 17, 2024, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and on
January 18, 2024, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (AST)

What is the proposed project? The Nunatsiavut Government is proposing the construction and operation of a new airport located on Inuit lands about nine kilometres southwest of Nain, Newfoundland and Labrador. As proposed, the New Nain Airport Project would include an 1,830-metre-long gravel airplane runway, a multifunctional airport terminal, a 13-kilometre-long access road, a hanger and other related infrastructure. The new facility would be able to operate seven days a week, 24 hours a day, year-round, to provide essential services to the local community.