Impact Assessment

Is Canada's Impact Assessment Act Working
The Impact Assessment Act (IAA) came into force in August 2019, replacing the widely criticized Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012. Is the IAA meeting the government’s commitment to new legislation that would “restore robust oversight and thorough environmental assessments of areas under federal jurisdiction”? In this report, implementation of the IAA is compared to 12 “essential elements of next generation environmental assessment” established by leading Canadian experts and thought leaders. Findings are based on a detailed analysis that compares IAA implementation against key indicators under each of these 12 elements. The analysis includes the projects that have been designated for assessment under the IAA through the end of 2020, as well as the regulations, policies and guidance developed to date to support the IAA. The report also analyzes the several regional and strategic assessments initiated under the IAA.
La Loi sur l’évaluation d’impact du Canada fonctionne-t-elle
Largement critiquée, la Loi canadienne sur l’évaluation environnementale (2012) a été remplacée en août 2019 par La Loi sur l’évaluation d’impact (LÉI). La LÉI respecte-t-elle l’engagement du gouvernement promettant la création d’une nouvelle loi qui « rétablirait une surveillance robuste et des évaluations environnementales approfondies des domaines de compétence fédérale » ?1 Dans ce rapport, la mise en œuvre de la LÉI est comparée à douze « éléments essentiels de la prochaine génération de l’évaluation environnementale » établis par des experts et des leaders d’opinion canadiens de premier plan.2 Les conclusions sont fondées sur une analyse détaillée comparant la mise en œuvre de la LÉI aux indicateurs clés de chacun de ces douze éléments. L’analyse comprend les projets qui ont été désignés pour évaluation dans le cadre de la LÉI jusqu’à la fin 2020, ainsi que les règlements, les politiques et les orientations élaborés à ce jour pour soutenir la LÉI. Le présent rapport analyse également les différentes évaluations régionales et stratégiques lancées dans le cadre de la LÉI.
WCS Canada Comments - Kudz Ze Kayah Project YESAB 2017-0083 - March 2021
WCS Canada provides comments on the proposed Kudz Ze Kayah Project in southeastern Yukon (an open pit and underground zinc, silver, copper, gold and lead mine) related to the potential impacts of the project on the Finlayson Caribou Herd.
WCS Canada Comments - Planning the Regional Assessment in the Ring of Fire Area - January 2021
We responded to a request for input by the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada (IAAC) to support development of the Terms of Reference and Potential Agreement for the Regional Assessment (RA) of the Ring of Fire region in northern Ontario. We recommend that the IAAC must address COVID-19 and community crises affecting First Nation's priorities. We also suggest that outputs of the RA, as well as the Terms of Reference and Potential Agreements for the RA should be co-created with First Nations out of respect and acknowledgement of Indigenous rights and authority in the region.
WCS Canada Comments - Terms of Reference for Marten Falls First Nation Community Access Road Project - December 2020
We provide recommendations on the Terms of Reference for the Marten Falls First Nation Community Access Road Project.
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