Summary of comments on greenhouse gas emissions from electricity producers in Saskatchewan

Official title: Summary of public comments received on the draft agreement on the equivalency of federal and Saskatchewan regulations for the control of greenhouse gas emissions from electricity producers in Saskatchewan

The Notice with respect to the availability of a proposed equivalency agreement was published on December 29, 2018 in the Canada Gazette, Part I for a 60-day public comment period. Two stakeholders provided comments.

A summary of comments and responses is included below, organized by topic.

Summary of comments and responses
Topic Content summary Response
Saskatchewan Equivalency Agreement insufficiently stringent A stakeholder stated that the Saskatchewan Equivalency Agreement does not align with the Pan-Canadian Framework.

The Government of Canada has determined that the federal and provincial regulatory provisions are equivalent, as per the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA) Clause 10(3)a.

Equivalency Agreements help Canada deliver equivalent federal regulatory outcomes while providing flexibility for jurisdictions to adopt approaches they judge are matched to their circumstances.

Saskatchewan Equivalency Agreement expiry date A stakeholder supported the Saskatchewan Equivalency Agreement and encouraged creating an Equivalency Agreement covering a period beyond December 31, 2029. The Government of Canada provides agreements respecting equivalent provisions as an option for interested governments in accordance with CEPA, Part 1, Section 10.
Support for carbon capture and storage (CCS) beyond 2030 A stakeholder expressed support for the proposed agreement and future implementation of coal-fired power plants using CCS technology in the province up to and beyond 2030. Promotion of CCS is outside the scope of an equivalency agreement.

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