Over the past months, the Government of Canada has been reviewing our federal environmental and regulatory processes. An expert panel was selected to review the environmental assessment process, and standing committees were appointed to review the National Energy Board Act, Navigation Protection Act and the Fisheries Act.
The input of all stakeholders, no matter if we agree or disagree, is important if this new approach is to be balanced and effective.
The Government has now released a discussion paper to outline a new approach to environmental assessments and regulatory reviews, and is asking for our feedback by August 28. The report largely focuses on a new project assessment system, and touches on considerations for modernizing the National Energy Board, restoring lost protections to the Navigation Protection Act, and the enhancing protection for fish and fish habitat under the Fisheries Act.
As I’ve said before, my opinion as an impact assessment practitioner is only one perspective. The input of all stakeholders, no matter if we agree or disagree, is important if this new approach is to be balanced and effective.
I’ve summarized the project assessment section below, and encourage you to review the entire discussion paper and submit your comments online by August 28.