Canada-British Columbia Environmental Assessment Cooperation Agreement

Canada-British Columbia Environmental Assessment Cooperation Agreement

x) jointly develop a document summarizing impact analysis reports where possible. (viii) the coordination of the public commitment to the information provided by the proponent and the assessment report provided by the BC Act and the impact analysis report in paragraph 28, paragraph 2 of the Impact Act, known as the Impact Analysis Report; (6) When consulting the federal minister on a substitution application, the Agency will determine the impact within the federal jurisdiction, for example. (b) the potential for cross-border environmental impacts or environmental changes that could affect the federal states that the federal minister would like to take into account when finding that Canada and British Columbia agree that all participants should benefit from timely and predictable impact assessment procedures, which will be defined early in the project review; Canada and the BC are strengthening cooperation on impact assessments (i) the Agency is receiving information that it is reasonable to expect a project to require an impact assessment under the Canada Act; or (v) public access to impact analysis records, subject to Section 13 of this agreement; CONSIDERING that Canada and British Columbia agree that the substituted impact assessments bring benefits to supporters, Aboriginal peoples and the public by reducing workload and streamlining participation, while ensuring that the powers of both governments are applied; “With the Impact Assessment Act, the Canadian government has made an important promise to Canadians to create better rules and restore public confidence in how decisions are made about resource development and other major projects. With the core idea of “One Project, One Evaluation,” the new impact analysis system will build good projects in a sustainable way,” said Catherine McKenna, Federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change. CONSIDERING that Canada and British Columbia recognize that transparency and accountability are key features of impact assessment processes; and the Canadian Impact Assessment Agency (the Agency) has found that an impact assessment is needed for the Cedar LNG project near Kitimat, British Columbia, B.C. The project will undergo an environmental assessment in accordance with B.C.B SBC 2002, c.43, which began on August 30, 2019. The cooperation agreement updates existing agreements to provide for cooperation under the new federal and provincial legislation. The ILO came into force on 28 August 2019. For more information, see our newsletter on the new federal Impact Assessment Act. However, the cooperation agreement will not enter into force until BCEAA enters into force and is expected to be by the end of 2019.


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