Impact assessment and regulatory regime implementation at Environment and Climate Change Canada

A review of expected environmental effects attributed to the implementation by Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) of the Government of Canada’s new impact assessment system.

The Impact Assessment Act and associated regulations came into force on August 28, 2019, putting in place a more robust process to protect the environment, respect Indigenous rights and rebuild public trust in how decisions about resource development are made. ECCC supports the implementation of the new impact assessment (IA) and regulatory regime by:

1) participating in federal impact assessments, giving expert information and advice during project assessments on subjects within the department’s mandate, including: climate change, greenhouse gas emissions, air quality, water quality, wildlife, biodiversity, environmental preparedness and emergencies

2) leading a new approach to considering and understanding cumulative effects, through:

ECCC’s work is expected to benefit the environment in the following ways:

ECCC’s work will help achieve the following Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (FSDS) goals and related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) from the United Nations 2030 Agenda:

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