Connected Coast Network on Federal Lands - Quatsino Lightstation and Nootka Island Lightstation

The Connected Coast Partnership was formed as a joint venture between City West and the Strathcona Regional District with public funding and a mandate to design, build and operate the Connected Coast subsea fibre-optic network in coastal British Columbia. The cable system will come ashore to connect to power infrastructure 159 landing sites. The fibre optic network will improve the access, capacity, affordability, and reliability of internet and other telecom services for residents in rural and remote communities. The Canadian Coast Guard requested the addition of their lifeboat and light stations across BC to enhance the emergency marine service capabilities. Due to the large geographical extent of the Project, the Project has been broken into. This assessment focuses on those landing sites on federal land in Block 5 and 6. 

The proposed Quatsino and Nootka Island Light station landing sites for the Connected Coast fibre optic cable (the Project)  are designed to land within the Canadian Coast Guard Light stations. Therefore, DFO and CCG will be carrying out an assessment of the aforementioned sections of the Project. Works, undertakings, and activities at these locations consist of the landing and marine lay construction and will occur both above and below the high-water mark (HWM) as well as during in-water and out-of-water tidal conditions. Works to be performed include the installation of power infrastructure and vaults, vegetation clearing, and installation of conduit and split pipe.

CCG is the proponent of the proposed project, providing financial assistance to allow the project to proceed within the Lightstations. The federal authority intend to make a determination of whether the carrying out of the project is likely to cause significant adverse effects.


Latest update

August 25, 2023 – Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Canadian Coast Guard issued its Notice of Determination and determined that the project is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.



Canadian Coast Guard, Western
Adam Cochrane, E&I Engineering Manager
25 Huron Street
Victoria, British Columbia V8V 4V9
Telephone: 250-413-2853

  • Location

    • Nootka Island Lightstation (British Columbia)
    • Quatsino Light Stations (British Columbia)
  • Nature of Activity

    • Building and Property Development
  • Assessment Status

  • Start Date

  • Proponent

    Connected Coast CityWest Management Corporation
  • Authorities

    • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Assessment Type

    Project on federal lands
  • Reference Number


This map is for illustrative purposes. The markers represent the approximate locations based on available data. More than one marker may be identified for a given assessment.


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