Conservation planning

Is Canada's Assessment Act working?

Johnston, A., Hazell, S., Benevides, H., Ray, J., Kofahl, M., Levin, J., Paul, G. and Doré, A-S.


Is the IAA meeting the government’s commitment to “restore robust oversight and thorough environmental assessments of areas under federal jurisdiction”?

Abstract

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.

Recommended citation

Johnston, A., Hazell, S., Benevides, H., Ray, J., Kofahl, M., Levin, J., Paul, G. and Doré, A-S. (2020). Is Canada's Assessment Act working?. WCS Canada. https://library.wcs.org/doi/ctl/view/mid/33065/pubid/DMX4029300000.aspx

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