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Paper Excellence is proposing a complete transformation of Northern Pulp. One that would transform the Mill into a best-in-class operation and one of the world's cleanest, most environmentally focused, and community-based mills. We are prepared to invest hundreds of millions of dollars to create a clean and sustainable mill.

Tomorrow's Mill

  • Clean air and water
  • No odour
  • Reduced water use
  • No overland pipe
  • No visible plumes above the mill
  • Sustainable and ecological forestry
  • Public environmental reporting
  • Increased community engagement

Proposed Transformation

The proposed transformation has been developed to address community issues and concerns while using Best Available Technology to transform the mill into a best-in-class operation. In some cases, Northern Pulp is proposing to install first-of-its-kind technology in Canada.

Key aspects of the transformation include:

  • A public dashboard on the Northern Pulp website to display live environmental data, such as ambient monitors, mill recorded environmental data, water use, etc.
  • Oxygen delignification to reduce bleaching chemical use.
  • Best new primary and secondary treatment systems to remove solids, organics, and colour.
  • New tertiary treatment system (rotating disc filters) to ensure the highest quality water release and colour removal. The continuously operating tertiary treatment will be the first of its kind in Canada.
  • Converting the recovery boiler to a low-odor configuration.
  • A new wet electrostatic precipitator to remove fine particles from being released into the air.
  • Implement the Lahey Report recommendations on Northern Pulp private lands and crown allocation.

Learn more about each aspect of the transformation in the column to the right.




Environmental Assessment

The proposed transformation is at an early stage. Nova Scotia Environment and Climate Change (NSECC) has determined that the transformation will require a stringent Class II Environmental Assessment.

On December 21, 2021, NSECC issued the Draft Terms of Reference, which can be viewed here.

NSECC will accept public comments on the draft Terms of Reference until January 30, 2022. NSECC will then provide the comments to Northern Pulp to address before issuing a final Terms of Reference.

The final Terms of Reference will provide Northern Pulp with a framework for preparing the Class II EA Report, including the scope, methods of the assessment, and the engagement program.

View a preliminary overview of the Environmental Assessment process here.

Paper Excellence is proposing a complete transformation of Northern Pulp. One that would transform the Mill into a best-in-class operation and one of the world's cleanest, most environmentally focused, and community-based mills. We are prepared to invest hundreds of millions of dollars to create a clean and sustainable mill.

Tomorrow's Mill

  • Clean air and water
  • No odour
  • Reduced water use
  • No overland pipe
  • No visible plumes above the mill
  • Sustainable and ecological forestry
  • Public environmental reporting
  • Increased community engagement

Proposed Transformation

The proposed transformation has been developed to address community issues and concerns while using Best Available Technology to transform the mill into a best-in-class operation. In some cases, Northern Pulp is proposing to install first-of-its-kind technology in Canada.

Key aspects of the transformation include:

  • A public dashboard on the Northern Pulp website to display live environmental data, such as ambient monitors, mill recorded environmental data, water use, etc.
  • Oxygen delignification to reduce bleaching chemical use.
  • Best new primary and secondary treatment systems to remove solids, organics, and colour.
  • New tertiary treatment system (rotating disc filters) to ensure the highest quality water release and colour removal. The continuously operating tertiary treatment will be the first of its kind in Canada.
  • Converting the recovery boiler to a low-odor configuration.
  • A new wet electrostatic precipitator to remove fine particles from being released into the air.
  • Implement the Lahey Report recommendations on Northern Pulp private lands and crown allocation.

Learn more about each aspect of the transformation in the column to the right.




Environmental Assessment

The proposed transformation is at an early stage. Nova Scotia Environment and Climate Change (NSECC) has determined that the transformation will require a stringent Class II Environmental Assessment.

On December 21, 2021, NSECC issued the Draft Terms of Reference, which can be viewed here.

NSECC will accept public comments on the draft Terms of Reference until January 30, 2022. NSECC will then provide the comments to Northern Pulp to address before issuing a final Terms of Reference.

The final Terms of Reference will provide Northern Pulp with a framework for preparing the Class II EA Report, including the scope, methods of the assessment, and the engagement program.

View a preliminary overview of the Environmental Assessment process here.

  • Northern Pulp Granted Six-Month CCAA Stay

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    Today the B.C. Supreme Court approved our request for an additional six-month CCAA stay. We are thankful that the Court has approved our requests and that we can continue to work toward operating a new mill in Nova Scotia.

    We continue to support our employees and retirees, and to that end will continue providing retiree benefits and honour our employee and retiree obligations throughout this period. Our mediation discussions with the province are ongoing. We continue to proceed in good faith in these confidential discussions.

    As we indicated to the courts, our tree nursery in Debert sustained significant damage during Hurricane Fiona. The Court has approved us to spend $1.1 million to purchase 12 new greenhouses and make repairs to the existing 13 greenhouses. As the largest tree nursery in the province—growing approximately six million seedlings annually—the seedlings grown at our Debert greenhouses are essential for reforesting Crown and privately-owned land from Yarmouth to Cape Breton.

    As we heard once again a few weeks ago, Nova Scotia’s forestry sector needs a pulp market to make the transition to ecological forestry possible as the Lahey Report has indicated. A new mill is the solution and we will continue to work to the end for the benefit of all stakeholders.

  • EA Marine Baseline Studies Underway

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    Northern Pulp and its consultants will be conducting marine baseline studies in Pictou Harbour to inform its proposed transformation and Environmental Assessment report for the Nova Scotia Department of Environment and Climate Change.

    The marine research conducted in Pictou Harbour, East River, Middle River, and West River throughout 2022 will measure water flows, currents and tides, collect water samples for analysis, and survey fish, fish habitat, aquaculture, vegetation, and sediment.

    The initial baseline studies being conducted include:

    • Measurement of water flows in and out of the rivers and Pictou Harbour
    • Measurement of the currents and tidal data during rising and falling tides
    • Water sample collection and chemical analyses at varying depths in the water column
    • Water quality profiles for salinity (salt), temperature, turbidity (cloudiness), oxygen in water and pH
    • Bathymetric surveys to measure the depth of water in the study area, as well as map the underwater features area

    The work is non-invasive and will not interfere with commercial or Indigenous fisheries or marine traffic in the study area. Small boats may be seen in the area as they set up and begin monitoring. We have been in touch with Pictou Landing First Nation, local authorities, lobster fishers, and harbour users to notify them of this activity.


  • Minister decides federal Impact Assessment not required for Mill transformation

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    On Friday, June 10, 2022, Hon. Steven Guilbeault, Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change, determined that Northern Pulp’s proposed transformation does not warrant designation under the federal Impact Assessment Act. This means that we will not be required to complete a federal Impact Assessment.

    Our team is focused on completing the thorough provincial Class II Environmental Assessment. Federal departments such as Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Health Canada, Transport Canada, and Environment and Climate Change Canada participate as federal experts in the provincial environmental assessment. We look forward to working with them and Nova Scotia government departments throughout the EA process.

    Learn more about Minister Guilbeault’s decision here: https://iaac-aeic.gc.ca/050/evaluations/proj/83479?culture=en-CA

  • April 2022 - CCAA Hearing Materials Filed

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    Earlier this week, we filed our CCAA materials with the Court in advance of our April 29th hearing. Over the past six months, we have made progress toward our goal of operating a transformed mill and have requested a six-month extension to advance the environmental assessment and settlement discussions with the Province and get us closer to operations.

    We have requested to continue providing retiree benefits and honour our employee and retiree obligations. The Province refuses to allow us to use our funding to make special top-up pension payments. As per our loan requirements, the special pension payments can only be made if there is progress on settlement discussions acceptable to the lenders. We will continue to work to advance settlement discussions and satisfy the requirements to make the special pension payments.

    We are doing everything we can to restart the mill. The Province knows that its forestry sector needs a pulp market to make the transition to ecological forestry possible as the Lahey Report has indicated.

    Northern Pulp will continue to defend our business, employees, suppliers, and customers with all the tools at our disposal. All we want is a fair, clear environmental assessment process and for the Province to live up to its obligations. Neither request is unreasonable.

    The Province of Nova Scotia has filed an application seeking leave to appeal the mediation order. We are baffled by the Province’s approach which seems designed to stop any progress on a much-needed mill transformation. They have refused to engage in settlement discussions, retroactively changed legislation, and are now appealing the Court’s mediation order that would have us work together with the mediator on the outstanding legal claims and disputes with the Province of Nova Scotia relating to the forced closure of the mill 11-years before the end of the term of an Effluent Treatment Facility (ETF) lease.

    We plan to object to the Province’s request for leave to appeal the mediation order and encourage the Province to participate in good faith in the mediation as they are required to do.

    An update will be provided following the Court's decision on our requests.


  • Northern Pulp opposes proposed retroactive amendments to Boat Harbour Act

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    Northern Pulp Nova Scotia (Northern Pulp) has submitted to Nova Scotia’s Law Amendments Committee its opposition to Bill 143, the Province of Nova Scotia’s proposed amendments to the Boat Harbour Act, which attempts to retroactively eliminate the Province’s responsibility to honour its contract obligations to Northern Pulp in connection with the 11 year reduction in the term of the Effluent Treatment Facility lease (Boat Harbour).

    In its written submission, Northern Pulp outlines how the Province’s proposed amendments to the Boat Harbour Act not only limit the Company’s legal rights against the Province, but more importantly increase the risk for any organization doing business with the Province of Nova Scotia.

    On April 1, 2022, the British Columbia Supreme Court directed Northern Pulp and the Province to enter mediation to work toward a negotiated resolution of outstanding legal claims and disputes. The Province wasn’t successful in opposing mediation in the courts so they are attempting to change the Boat Harbour Act to retroactively eliminate their responsibility and legal obligations.

    It is a sad day when Government uses legislation to evade its contractual and legal obligations.

    Any organization entering into a contract with the Province of Nova Scotia should now be concerned the Province believes it can enact laws to retroactively wipe out their legal and contractual obligations without any compensation.

    Northern Pulps submission can be viewed here.


  • Northern Pulp seeks Ministerial Review and files for Judicial Review of Environmental Assessment Terms of Reference

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    Today, April 12, 2022, Northern Pulp Nova Scotia (Northern Pulp) requested Nova Scotia’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change (NSECC) review the Environmental Assessment Terms of Reference issued by NSECC on March 14, 2022, for the proposed mill transformation and effluent treatment project.

    Also today, the company made an application for a Judicial Review of the Environmental Assessment Terms of Reference to the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia. Northern Pulp’s request for Judicial Review is based on the Terms of Reference being unreasonable in several areas, including failing to set out definitive limits, standards, and regulations that must be met.

    “Before we retain experts, conduct scientific studies, and prepare a thorough EA, we are taking every available step through the Nova Scotia Supreme Court and directly with the Minister to review and revise the Terms of Reference, so they are realistic, clear and better-defined,” said Sasha Irving, Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Paper Excellence Canada. “We have been meeting with residents and forestry sector stakeholders throughout Nova Scotia and the need for a transformed mill in the region is evident. We want to operate a transformed mill in Nova Scotia, but this can only be accomplished with reasonable and clear Environmental Assessment Terms of Reference.”

    In its Ministerial Appeal, Northern Pulp requests the Hon. Tim Halman, Minister of NSECC, remove or revise several aspects of the Terms of Reference to ensure they contain conditions that are both achievable and protective of the environment, are not vague or uncertain, and are realistic and otherwise reasonable.

    “The existing Terms of Reference ignored the overwhelming and reasonable requests from Nova Scotians for clear standards and independent experts. It is in everyone’s best interest for the Final Terms of Reference to have standards and to be led independent experts,’” said Irving. “These changes are necessary to ensure the public has confidence in the EA process and the final EA decision.”

    Throughout the Ministerial Appeal and Judicial Review, Northern Pulp will continue to advance necessary, long-term environmental studies that are important aspects of a thorough Environmental Assessment Report.

    Northern Pulp plans to transform the mill into a best-in-class operation and one of the world's cleanest, most environmentally focused mills.

    A transformed Northern Pulp mill will reinstate well-paying rural jobs and support the local and provincial forestry sector. It will also provide a market for pulp grade wood and sawmill residuals essential to support the full implementation of sustainable, ecological forestry practices in Nova Scotia as envisioned in the Lahey Report.

    The more than $350 million investment in the Mill Transformation is expected to provide 600 construction jobs for two years. Significant longer-term benefits to the Province of Nova Scotia will include 330 direct and 2,679 indirect jobs, contribute $128 million in employment income, support 1,379 supplier companies including 943 in Nova Scotia, and generate $279 million in annual spending, most within Nova Scotia.

    View Northern Pulp's request for Ministerial Review here and the notice for Judicial Review here.

  • Job Opportunities: Forest Nursery Workers

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    Northern Pulp is hiring short-term seasonal workers for the nursery in Debert, NS. All positions are Monday-Friday 7:30am-4:00pm. Applicants must have steel-toed footwear that covers the ankle.

    Forest Nursery Worker - Crop Maintenance

    • $14.87/hour
    • 40 hours/week
    • Now until September 2, 2022
    • Must be available to work weekends on a rotating schedule.
    • The main job function is watering, fertilizing, and weeding seedlings in greenhouses and field rows.


    Forest Nursery Workers - General Labour/Seedling Thinner

    • $14.00/hour
    • 40 hours/week
    • Now until July 1, 2022
    • The main job is thinning seedlings in the greenhouse and loading seedling delivery trucks.


    School shifts are available from Mid-May until school is finished. Monday-Friday 4:00pm-8:00pm and Saturday 7:30am-2:00pm


    Contact Toosje Anderson at toosje.anderson@northernpulp.com.



  • Court approves Northern Pulp's mediation request

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    Court approves Northern Pulp’s mediation request

    Today, April 1, 2022, the British Columbia Supreme Court approved Northern Pulp Nova Scotia’s (Northern Pulp) request to appoint the Honourable Thomas Cromwell, C.C. as mediator to assist in reaching a negotiated resolution of outstanding legal claims and disputes with the Province of Nova Scotia relating to the forced closure of the mill 11-years before the end of the term of an Effluent Treatment Facility (ETF) lease.

    The following is a statement from Northern Pulp:

    Northern Pulp looks forward to working with the Court-appointed mediator, Honourable Thomas Cromwell, C.C., and the Province of Nova Scotia to resolve outstanding legal claims. We are pleased to have a forum for dialogue and are hopeful that a mediated global settlement can be reached relating to the forced closure of the mill 11-years before the end of the term of an Effluent Treatment Facility (ETF) lease.

    Our team continues to be focused on the Nova Scotia Environment and Climate Change Class II Environmental Assessment (EA) for a proposed transformation of the Mill.

  • Mill Transformation Final Terms of Reference

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    Nova Scotia Department of Environment and Climate Change has released the Final Terms of Reference for the Mill’s Environmental Assessment. As part of the Draft Terms of Reference comment period, close to 1,500 submissions were received by the department. Over 93% of the submissions expressed support for the re-opening of a transformed mill, and an overwhelming number requested the EA process be led by independent experts and that the terms of reference include national standards for both effluent and air quality.


    We are disappointed to see that despite these submissions, the department has decided to ignore their own consultation. We agree that the Final Terms of Reference should have clear standards and be led by an independent expert panel, and that these changes are necessary to ensure the public has confidence in the EA process and the final EA decision.


    We will take some time to review the Terms of Reference in detail and consider our options going forward. Read the Department of Environment and Climate Change’s press release on the final ToR here: https://novascotia.ca/news/release/?id=20220314003.



  • Northern Pulp requests mediation to resolve legal claim with Province of Nova Scotia

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    Northern Pulp Nova Scotia (Northern Pulp) has requested the British Columbia Supreme Court appoint the Honourable Thomas Cromwell, C.C. as mediator to assist in reaching a negotiated resolution of outstanding legal claims and disputes with the Province of Nova Scotia relating to the forced closure of the mill 11-years before the end of the term of an Effluent Treatment Facility (ETF) lease.

    “It is our hope that a mediated global settlement can be reached, in the best interest of all parties,” said Graham Kissack, VP EHS and Corporate Communications, Paper Excellence.

    Northern Pulp submitted the Mediation Order request as part of its Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA) proceedings.

    Northern Pulp continues to be focused on the Nova Scotia Environment and Climate Change Class II Environmental Assessment (EA) for a proposed transformation of the Mill. The Company plans to transform the Mill into a best-in-class operation and one of the world's cleanest, most environmentally focused, and community-based mills.

    A transformed Northern Pulp mill will reinstate well-paying rural jobs and support the local and provincial forestry sector. It will also provide a market for pulp grade wood and wood chips to support the full implementation of sustainable, ecological forestry practices in Nova Scotia as envisioned in the Lahey Report.

    The more than $350 million investment in the Mill Transformation is expected to provide 600 construction jobs for two years. Significant longer-term benefits to the Province of Nova Scotia will include 330 direct and 2,679 indirect jobs, contribute $128 million in employment income, support 1,379 supplier companies including 943 in Nova Scotia, and generate $279 million in annual spending, most within Nova Scotia.

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