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Navigating Canadian Environmental Law


Discover How to Find, Understand, and Apply Environmental Laws, Policies, and Regulations in Canada.

Environmental law is a vast and complicated domain and as an Environmental Professional you interact with laws and regulations every day. Developed by Canadian Environmental Experts, this course is designed to give you a solid foundation in key public and private laws as well as an understanding of legal concepts that will help you and your client mitigate risks.

To reinforce your learning and support the course content, you will hear from experts, work through activities and knowledge checks, complete quizzes, and be provided with a glossary and additional resources to further support your learning.

You’ll also:

  • Gain a comprehensive overview of Canadian Environmental Law
  • Learn practices for due diligence, working with regulators, and finding relevant information for new types of projects, new locations, and ongoing project compliance
  • Understand key Federal and Provincial Acts that shape Environmental Regulations
  • Discover helpful research tools such as CANLII to find relevant regulations for new types of projects, expanded scope, or different locations
  • Improve how you communicate with regulators and non-technical clients

Please note – the contents of this course are intended for general educational purposes and do not replace the advice of a lawyer. You should always check current and relevant laws before acting on your knowledge, as they are constantly changing.

Note: This course has recently been refreshed and the updated version is live as of April 1, 2021. 

1. Read, Interpret, and Find Laws

  • Terminology
  • How to Read an Act
  • How to Find Canadian Environmental Laws

2. The Big Picture: The Canadian Legal Context

  • The Big Picture
  • Minimizing Risk During Industrialization
  • Addressing Livability Through Zoning
  • Tackling Planetary Problems
  • Identifying Environmental Influencers

3. Driving Canadian Environmental Law

  • Landmark Events

4. Jurisdictions

  • Nuclear
  • Mining
  • Offshore Oil

5. Overview of Quebec Environmental Law

  • Overview of Quebec Environmental Law

6. Indigenous Treaty Rights and Canadian Environmental Law

  • Indigenous Treaty Rights and Canadian Environmental Law

7. Key Laws

  • Federal Acts
  • Provincial Environmental Legislation
  • Private Law

8. Using Environmental Laws

  • Environmental Management Systems
  • Legal Registers
  • How the ISO 14001 EMS Works
  • Create Your Legal Register, Operational Controls, and Audit Checklist

9. Your Roles and Responsibilities

  • Your Role
  • Your Responsibilities: Exercise Due Diligence

How long will I have access to the course?

Once you have purchased the course, you will have six months of access to complete the course.

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. 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 will take up to five hours to complete the course. You choose the pace and order that you want to complete the course topics.

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

Discover How to Find, Understand, and Apply Environmental Laws, Policies, and Regulations in Canada.

Environmental law is a vast and complicated domain and as an Environmental Professional you interact with laws and regulations every day. Developed by Canadian Environmental Experts, this course is designed to give you a solid foundation in key public and private laws as well as an understanding of legal concepts that will help you and your client mitigate risks.

To reinforce your learning and support the course content, you will hear from experts, work through activities and knowledge checks, complete quizzes, and be provided with a glossary and additional resources to further support your learning.

You’ll also:

  • Gain a comprehensive overview of Canadian Environmental Law
  • Learn practices for due diligence, working with regulators, and finding relevant information for new types of projects, new locations, and ongoing project compliance
  • Understand key Federal and Provincial Acts that shape Environmental Regulations
  • Discover helpful research tools such as CANLII to find relevant regulations for new types of projects, expanded scope, or different locations
  • Improve how you communicate with regulators and non-technical clients

Please note – the contents of this course are intended for general educational purposes and do not replace the advice of a lawyer. You should always check current and relevant laws before acting on your knowledge, as they are constantly changing.

Note: This course has recently been refreshed and the updated version is live as of April 1, 2021. 

+ Course Topics

1. Read, Interpret, and Find Laws

  • Terminology
  • How to Read an Act
  • How to Find Canadian Environmental Laws

2. The Big Picture: The Canadian Legal Context

  • The Big Picture
  • Minimizing Risk During Industrialization
  • Addressing Livability Through Zoning
  • Tackling Planetary Problems
  • Identifying Environmental Influencers

3. Driving Canadian Environmental Law

  • Landmark Events

4. Jurisdictions

  • Nuclear
  • Mining
  • Offshore Oil

5. Overview of Quebec Environmental Law

  • Overview of Quebec Environmental Law

6. Indigenous Treaty Rights and Canadian Environmental Law

  • Indigenous Treaty Rights and Canadian Environmental Law

7. Key Laws

  • Federal Acts
  • Provincial Environmental Legislation
  • Private Law

8. Using Environmental Laws

  • Environmental Management Systems
  • Legal Registers
  • How the ISO 14001 EMS Works
  • Create Your Legal Register, Operational Controls, and Audit Checklist

9. Your Roles and Responsibilities

  • Your Role
  • Your Responsibilities: Exercise Due Diligence
+ FAQ

How long will I have access to the course?

Once you have purchased the course, you will have six months of access to complete the course.

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. 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 will take up to five hours to complete the course. You choose the pace and order that you want to complete the course topics.

+ 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