Guidelines for the use of information gathering authorities: chapter 1

Section 1: Purpose of the Guidelines

These Guidelines are intended to improve the consistency and effectiveness of the information gathering process conducted under section 46 of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA '99). They fulfill the legislative requirement in subsection 47(1) and apply only to notices requiring information issued under subsection 46(1). In order to articulate the complete process for issuing a notice, these Guidelines re-iterate the requirements as outlined in the Act and describe procedures to address the objectives outlined below.

The objectives of the Guidelines are to:

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