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Navigating Canadian Environmental Law


Ensure your project is compliant. Learn how to find, understand, and apply environmental laws, policy, and regulations in Canada.

Not knowing about relevant environmental policy and regulations can cost you major fines, jail time, and your company’s reputation. It’s just not worth the risk.

Designed by Canadian environmental experts, this in-depth online course provides practical skills and tools so you can find, understand, and apply environmental laws, policy, and regulations quickly and efficiently.

You’ll learn best practices for due diligence, working with regulators, and finding relevant legal information for new types of projects, new locations, and ongoing project compliance. You’ll also:

  • Gain a comprehensive, easy-to-follow overview of Canadian environmental law
  • Understand key Federal and Provincial Acts that shape environmental regulations
  • Discover helpful research tools like CANLII to find relevant regulations for new types of projects, expanded scope, or different locations
  • Gain a refresher on due diligence
  • Improve how you communicate with regulators and non-technical clients
  • Learn how to create legal registers, operational controls, and project audits
  • Build confidence knowing that you’re providing your team and clients with informed, up-to-date regulatory guidance

This course is ideal for:

  • Consultants
  • Project Managers
  • Project Coordinators
  • Engineers
  • Team Leaders
  • Technical or Support Staff

1. The Big Picture: The Canadian Legal Context

  • Discover: The Big Picture
  • Jurisdictions
  • Focusing Events
  • Learning Guide

2. Key Laws

  • Discover: Key Laws
  • Provincial Environmental Legislation
  • Private Law
  • Learning Guide

3. Find, Read, and Understand Laws

  • Discover: Find, Read, and Understand Laws
  • Resource Overview Using CanLII
  • Using CanLII
  • Anatomy of a Law
  • Learning Guide

4. Using Environmental Laws

  • Discover: Using Environmental Laws
  • Discover the Legal Register
  • Create Your Legal Register, Operational Controls, and Audit

5. Your Roles and Responsibilities

  • Discover: Your Roles and Responsibilities
  • Resource Overview: Who Does What?
  • Resource Overview: Due Diligence Assessment Sheet
  • Resource Overview: Protect Yourself and Your Client
  • Exercise Due Diligence
  • Learning Guide

6. Working with Regulators

  • Discover: Working with Regulators
  • Resource Overview
  • Working with Regulators

7. Environmental Law Spotlight

  • Environmental Law: The Basics (webinar)

8. Final Exam

What’s the deadline to enrol?

There are no set enrolment dates, so you can start this on-demand course at any time. Once you’ve purchased the course, you’ll have 6 months of full course access.

What is the course format?

This is an online, self-directed course. You’ll learn practical skills through expert videos, real-life scenarios, workbooks, and more.

How will I be recognized once I’ve completed the course?

You’ll receive a formal Certificate of Completion once you’ve completed all of the required course topics and written the final exam. This course also counts towards professional development credits for EP Certification.

Do I need to buy separate course materials (e.g. textbooks, guides, etc.)?

All of your learning materials are included, so you don’t need to buy anything extra.

How long does this course take?

It takes about 15 to 25 hours to complete the course. You choose the pace and order that you want to complete the course topics.

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Clare Edwards

Principal, Stantec, Calgary
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Dave Brescia

Principal, Environmental and Regulatory Advisor at Stantec, Calgary
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Fatema Tawawala

Project Manager at Watters Environmental Group Inc., Vaughan
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Jonathan Brun

Chief Executive Officer, Nimonik, Montréal
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Nadia Yen

Manager, Environment and Construction at Realstar Management, Toronto
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Stephanie Hamilton

Vice-President, ÉEM Sustainable Management, Montréal
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Supriya Tandan

Vice-President, Nimonik, Montréal

The course is an excellent way for environment professionals to develop or refresh their knowledge of environmental law. The online delivery is flexible which allowed me to take the training without interrupting my current client projects. The course material was interesting, well organized, and readily digested.

André Bernier, Management Systems and EHS Compliance Consultant, ÉEM Inc
+ Overview

Ensure your project is compliant. Learn how to find, understand, and apply environmental laws, policy, and regulations in Canada.

Not knowing about relevant environmental policy and regulations can cost you major fines, jail time, and your company’s reputation. It’s just not worth the risk.

Designed by Canadian environmental experts, this in-depth online course provides practical skills and tools so you can find, understand, and apply environmental laws, policy, and regulations quickly and efficiently.

You’ll learn best practices for due diligence, working with regulators, and finding relevant legal information for new types of projects, new locations, and ongoing project compliance. You’ll also:

  • Gain a comprehensive, easy-to-follow overview of Canadian environmental law
  • Understand key Federal and Provincial Acts that shape environmental regulations
  • Discover helpful research tools like CANLII to find relevant regulations for new types of projects, expanded scope, or different locations
  • Gain a refresher on due diligence
  • Improve how you communicate with regulators and non-technical clients
  • Learn how to create legal registers, operational controls, and project audits
  • Build confidence knowing that you’re providing your team and clients with informed, up-to-date regulatory guidance

This course is ideal for:

  • Consultants
  • Project Managers
  • Project Coordinators
  • Engineers
  • Team Leaders
  • Technical or Support Staff
+ Course Topics

1. The Big Picture: The Canadian Legal Context

  • Discover: The Big Picture
  • Jurisdictions
  • Focusing Events
  • Learning Guide

2. Key Laws

  • Discover: Key Laws
  • Provincial Environmental Legislation
  • Private Law
  • Learning Guide

3. Find, Read, and Understand Laws

  • Discover: Find, Read, and Understand Laws
  • Resource Overview Using CanLII
  • Using CanLII
  • Anatomy of a Law
  • Learning Guide

4. Using Environmental Laws

  • Discover: Using Environmental Laws
  • Discover the Legal Register
  • Create Your Legal Register, Operational Controls, and Audit

5. Your Roles and Responsibilities

  • Discover: Your Roles and Responsibilities
  • Resource Overview: Who Does What?
  • Resource Overview: Due Diligence Assessment Sheet
  • Resource Overview: Protect Yourself and Your Client
  • Exercise Due Diligence
  • Learning Guide

6. Working with Regulators

  • Discover: Working with Regulators
  • Resource Overview
  • Working with Regulators

7. Environmental Law Spotlight

  • Environmental Law: The Basics (webinar)

8. Final Exam

+ FAQ

What’s the deadline to enrol?

There are no set enrolment dates, so you can start this on-demand course at any time. Once you’ve purchased the course, you’ll have 6 months of full course access.

What is the course format?

This is an online, self-directed course. You’ll learn practical skills through expert videos, real-life scenarios, workbooks, and more.

How will I be recognized once I’ve completed the course?

You’ll receive a formal Certificate of Completion once you’ve completed all of the required course topics and written the final exam. This course also counts towards professional development credits for EP Certification.

Do I need to buy separate course materials (e.g. textbooks, guides, etc.)?

All of your learning materials are included, so you don’t need to buy anything extra.

How long does this course take?

It takes about 15 to 25 hours to complete the course. You choose the pace and order that you want to complete the course topics.

+ Experts
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Clare Edwards

Principal, Stantec, Calgary
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Dave Brescia

Principal, Environmental and Regulatory Advisor at Stantec, Calgary
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Fatema Tawawala

Project Manager at Watters Environmental Group Inc., Vaughan
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Jonathan Brun

Chief Executive Officer, Nimonik, Montréal
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Nadia Yen

Manager, Environment and Construction at Realstar Management, Toronto
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Stephanie Hamilton

Vice-President, ÉEM Sustainable Management, Montréal
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Supriya Tandan

Vice-President, Nimonik, Montréal
+ Testimonials

The course is an excellent way for environment professionals to develop or refresh their knowledge of environmental law. The online delivery is flexible which allowed me to take the training without interrupting my current client projects. The course material was interesting, well organized, and readily digested.

André Bernier, Management Systems and EHS Compliance Consultant, ÉEM Inc