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Perspectives on the New Impact Assessment Act


Bill C-69: What it means for you

On February 8 2017, the Federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change issued the first reading of Bill C-69 for an act that would repeal the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act 2012 (CEAA 2012) and replace it with the Impact Assessment Act (IAA). It is based on a federal review process involving public and Indigenous engagement facilitated by an Expert Panel that began in June 2016 and ended with the release of a Discussion Paper one year later. The government will invest more than $1 Billion over the next five years to support the new impact assessment regime and the development of scientific capacity in federal departments and agencies. Materials posted on the government website on February 8 indicate that they are part of a first round of consultation, with comments requested by June 1st. It is noted that the Government will be engaging with provincial governments, Indigenous peoples, industry and civil society over the next year.

In this mini-series, we will present on an overview of key changes between CEAA 2012 and the new IAA in order to solicit feedback and perspectives and provide an opportunity for greater mutual understandings among participants. The results will be documented and made available as input to the consultation process.

This 2-part webinar is ideal for:

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

Session 1 - The Proposed Act

Module 1: Background

  1. Historical Context
    • Previous legislation and policy
    • Background to the New Act
  2. Purpose and Management of the New Act
    • Purpose
    • Impact Assessment Agency
    • Advisory Bodies

Module 2: The Act

  1. Initial Steps Under the New Act
    • Project Triggering
    • Transitioning from the Old Act
    • Early Planning and Coordination
    • Information Gathering and Impact Statement
    • Public Registry
    • Participant Funding and Cost Recovery
  2. Impact Assessment
    • Factors Considered in IA
    • IA by Agency
    • Other Authorities
    • Substitution and Equivalency
    • Impact Review by Panel
    • Decision Making
    • Regional and Strategic Assessment
  3. Post Project
    • Monitoring and Enforcement
    • Reviews of the New Act

Module 3: Next Steps

  1. Bill C-69
  2. Regulations

Session 2 - IA Regulations

Module 1: Addressing the Audience

  1. Background
  2. The Act
    • Initial Steps Under the New Act
    • Impact Assessment
    • Post Project
  3. Next Steps

Module 2: Amended Regulations Designating Physical Activities

  1. Criteria-based Approach
  2. Subsequent Reviews

Module 3: Information Requirements and Time Management Regulations

  1. Initial Project Description
  2. Detailed Project Description
  3. Agency Documents to Initiate Impact Assessments
  4. Stopping the Clock

Module 4: Cost Recovery Regulations

Nick Barnes

Nick brings more than 30 years of professional experience in the environmental industry. He holds a B.Sc. in Biology from the University of Waterloo and a M.Sc. in Fisheries Biology from the University of Manitoba.

His experience spans across almost every industry sector, and throughout Ontario, western Canada and the Northwest Territories, through employment with provincial and federal governments, as well as several consulting companies. He has participated in environmental assessment (EA) work through all versions of federal EA legislation, from studies associated with the Oldman Dam and Rafferty-Alameda projects, to managing the regulatory approvals for major projects such as the Wuskwatim and Keeyask hydroelectric generating stations, prior to his recent retirement from Manitoba Hydro.

+ Overview

Bill C-69: What it means for you

On February 8 2017, the Federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change issued the first reading of Bill C-69 for an act that would repeal the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act 2012 (CEAA 2012) and replace it with the Impact Assessment Act (IAA). It is based on a federal review process involving public and Indigenous engagement facilitated by an Expert Panel that began in June 2016 and ended with the release of a Discussion Paper one year later. The government will invest more than $1 Billion over the next five years to support the new impact assessment regime and the development of scientific capacity in federal departments and agencies. Materials posted on the government website on February 8 indicate that they are part of a first round of consultation, with comments requested by June 1st. It is noted that the Government will be engaging with provincial governments, Indigenous peoples, industry and civil society over the next year.

In this mini-series, we will present on an overview of key changes between CEAA 2012 and the new IAA in order to solicit feedback and perspectives and provide an opportunity for greater mutual understandings among participants. The results will be documented and made available as input to the consultation process.

This 2-part webinar is ideal for:

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

Session 1 - The Proposed Act

Module 1: Background

  1. Historical Context
    • Previous legislation and policy
    • Background to the New Act
  2. Purpose and Management of the New Act
    • Purpose
    • Impact Assessment Agency
    • Advisory Bodies

Module 2: The Act

  1. Initial Steps Under the New Act
    • Project Triggering
    • Transitioning from the Old Act
    • Early Planning and Coordination
    • Information Gathering and Impact Statement
    • Public Registry
    • Participant Funding and Cost Recovery
  2. Impact Assessment
    • Factors Considered in IA
    • IA by Agency
    • Other Authorities
    • Substitution and Equivalency
    • Impact Review by Panel
    • Decision Making
    • Regional and Strategic Assessment
  3. Post Project
    • Monitoring and Enforcement
    • Reviews of the New Act

Module 3: Next Steps

  1. Bill C-69
  2. Regulations

Session 2 - IA Regulations

Module 1: Addressing the Audience

  1. Background
  2. The Act
    • Initial Steps Under the New Act
    • Impact Assessment
    • Post Project
  3. Next Steps

Module 2: Amended Regulations Designating Physical Activities

  1. Criteria-based Approach
  2. Subsequent Reviews

Module 3: Information Requirements and Time Management Regulations

  1. Initial Project Description
  2. Detailed Project Description
  3. Agency Documents to Initiate Impact Assessments
  4. Stopping the Clock

Module 4: Cost Recovery Regulations

+ Expert

Nick Barnes

Nick brings more than 30 years of professional experience in the environmental industry. He holds a B.Sc. in Biology from the University of Waterloo and a M.Sc. in Fisheries Biology from the University of Manitoba.

His experience spans across almost every industry sector, and throughout Ontario, western Canada and the Northwest Territories, through employment with provincial and federal governments, as well as several consulting companies. He has participated in environmental assessment (EA) work through all versions of federal EA legislation, from studies associated with the Oldman Dam and Rafferty-Alameda projects, to managing the regulatory approvals for major projects such as the Wuskwatim and Keeyask hydroelectric generating stations, prior to his recent retirement from Manitoba Hydro.