Talk:Impact Assessment Agency of Canada
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As well as removing redundant categories I moved the article from Category:Environment Canada to Category:Environment of Canada. It seems that the Environmental Assessment Agency does not come under the purview of Environment Canada. -- Alan Liefting (talk) - 07:32, 20 August 2011 (UTC)
Requested move 28 August 2019Edit
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Major update following the coming into force of Bill C-69Edit
For transparency purpose: I'm an employee of the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada and I'm new to editing things in Wikipedia
I would like to propose a major content update to the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada page following the coming into force of Bill C-69 on August 28, 2019.
First, I would like to clarify that the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada is not a division of Environment and Climate Change Canada. However, it is part of the Environmental portfolio and it does report to the federal Minister of the Environment.
That being said, see below the update I would like to propose.
The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (precursor to the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada) was established in 1994 prior to the adoption of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act in 1995 by the Parliament of Canada . The Canadian Environmental Assessment Act is the legal basis for the federal environmental assessment process in Canada.
On April 26, 2012, the Government introduced Bill C-38, the Jobs, Growth and Long-Term Prosperity Act, a provision of which repealed the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, replacing it with the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012. Bill C-38 received Royal Assent on June 29, 2012, and came into force on July 6, 2012.
On February 8, 2018, the Government introduced Bill C-69, an Act to enact the Impact Assessment Act and the Canadian Energy Regulator Act, to amend the Navigation Protection Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts. Bill C-69 received Royal Assent on June 21, 2019. The Impact Assessment Act came into force on August 28, 2019, creating the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada and repealing the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012.
The Impact Assessment Agency of Canada’s role is to provide Canadians with federal “impact assessments that contribute to informed decision making on major projects, in support of sustainable development”.
The Agency leads all federal impact assessments. “The Agency works with other bodies like the Canada Energy Regulator (formerly the National Energy Board), the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, Offshore Boards and other federal departments and agencies. The Agency also works in cooperation with provinces and territories, Indigenous jurisdictions, environmental organizations and industry.”
In this context, the Agency’s main responsibilities in conducting impact assessments are to:
- “[lead and manage] the impact assessment process for all federally designated major projects;
- [lead] Crown engagement and [serve] as the single point of contact for consultation and engagement with Indigenous peoples during impact assessments for designated projects;
- [provide] opportunities and funding to support public participation in impact assessments;
- [work] to ensure that mitigation measures are applied and are working as intended;
- [promote] uniformity and coordination of impact assessment practices across Canada through research, guidance and ongoing discussion with stakeholders and partners; and
- [work] with a range of international jurisdictions and organizations to exchange best practices in impact assessment.”
The Impact Assessment Agency of Canada has approximately 370 employees in its seven offices across Canada:
Acts and RegulationsEdit
- Impact Assessment Act
- Physical Activities Regulations identify the type of projects that may require an impact assessment.
- Information and Management of Time Limits Regulations set out the information that the project proponent must provide to the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada and the information the Agency is required to provide to the proponent. They also include the conditions under which the legislated timelines can be suspended.
- Cost Recovery Regulations “set out the services and amounts for which the Agency can recover costs from the proponent of a project that undergoes an assessment by [a] review panel. [… The] Cost Recovery Regulations under the [Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012] will continue to apply until such time as new Cost Recovery Regulations are developed under the [Impact Assessment Act].”
Policy and GuidanceEdit
Impact Assessment Process OverviewEdit
The Impact Assessment Process Overview provides:
- information on roles and responsibilities of key participants in the impact assessment process;
- a step by step description of the process in each phase of an impact assessment; and,
- frequently asked questions explaining key concepts and terms.
Practitioner’s Guide to Federal Impact AssessmentsEdit
The Practitioner’s Guide to Federal Impact Assessments provides guidance products on the various phases of the process: planning, impact statement, impact assessment, decision-making as well as Indigenous participation, engagement and public participation.
- Impact Assessment Agency of Canada
- Canadian Impact Assessment Registry
- Impact Assessment Act
- Impact Assessment Agency of Canada Twitter account