Frequently Asked Questions - Regulations

The FAQs below are meant to provide Canadians and businesses with basic information about the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency's regulations.

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Regulations Designating Physical Activities

What is the purpose of these regulations?

The Regulations Designating Physical Activities identify the types of activities that are considered "designated projects" subject to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA 2012) and the federal authority that would be responsible for conducting an environmental assessment (the "responsible authority"). In the case of designated projects for which the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency is the responsible authority, the proponent must submit a project description to inform a determination of whether an environmental assessment is required. In all other cases, an environmental assessment is automatically required.

The Regulations also specify that the participant funding programs established by the responsible authorities under CEAA 2012 cover all the types of activities identified.

What are the key elements of these regulations?

The key element of the Regulations Designating Physical Activities is the schedule which lists the physical activities that are considered designated projects under CEAA 2012. The list is divided by responsible authority -- the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, the National Energy Board and the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission -- to indicate which would be responsible for conducting the federal environmental assessment of a given activity.

Each physical activity listed in the schedule includes a description and in most cases a corresponding threshold (often production capacity), which serves as a representation of scale or size (for example, a metal mine with an ore production capacity of 3,000 tonnes/day or more, or a hydroelectric generation facility with a production capacity of 200 megawatts or more).

How do these regulations affect Canadian businesses?

The Regulations Designating Physical Activities provide proponents of proposed projects with clear information to help them assess if their project is a designated project that is subject to CEAA 2012 and, if so, which federal authority would be responsible for conducting a federal environmental assessment.

What is the timeline for implementation?

These regulations came into effect in July 2012, with the coming into force of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012. They were amended in October 2013.

Where can I get more information?

Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
22nd Floor, Place Bell
160 Elgin Street
Ottawa ON K1A 0H3
Tel.: 613-957-0700
Toll free number: 1-866-582-1884
Email: info@ceaa-acee.gc.ca

Prescribed Information for the Description of a Designated Project Regulations

What is the purpose of these regulations?

Proponents of "designated projects" for which the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) is the responsible authority must submit a description of their project to the Agency. The Agency then uses this information, along with comments received from the public, to determine if a federal environmental assessment is required. The Prescribed Information for the Description of a Designated Project Regulations includes a schedule that sets out the information that must be included in the project description.

What are the key elements of these regulations?

The key element of the Prescribed Information for the Description of a Designated Project Regulations is the schedule that sets out the information that a project proponent must include in its project description. The mandatory information is divided into five categories: general information, project information, project location information, federal involvement and environmental effects.

How do these regulations affect Canadian businesses?

The Prescribed Information for the Description of a Designated Project Regulations identify the information that project proponents must provide in a project description that is submitted to the Agency.

What is the timeline for implementation?

These regulations came into effect in July 2012, with the coming into force of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012. They were amended in January 2014.

Where can I get more information?

Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
22nd Floor, Place Bell
160 Elgin Street
Ottawa ON K1A 0H3
Tel.: 613-957-0700
Toll free number: 1-866-582-1884
Email: info@ceaa-acee.gc.ca

Cost Recovery Regulations

What is the purpose of these regulations?

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA 2012) enables the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) to recover from project proponents certain costs incurred during the course of an environmental assessment. The Cost Recovery Regulations include a schedule that sets out the services and amounts for which the Agency can recover costs.

While the cost recovery authority in CEAA 2012 enables the Agency to recover costs for all environmental assessments, the regulations limit cost recovery to environmental assessments by review panel.

What are the key elements of these regulations?

A key element of the Cost Recovery Regulations is the schedule that details the two types of costs that can be recovered by the Agency from project proponents: costs that the Agency incurs for services provided by a third party and amounts related to the carrying out of the Agency's responsibilities or to those of the members of a review panel.

The regulations also identify the types of proponents that are not subject to cost recovery.

How do these regulations affect Canadian businesses?

Proponents who propose projects that are subject to an environmental assessment by a review panel will be required to pay for certain costs associated with conducting that assessment.

What is the timeline for implementation?

These regulations came into effect in July 2012, with the coming into force of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012.

Where can I get more information?

Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
22nd Floor, Place Bell
160 Elgin Street
Ottawa ON K1A 0H3
Tel.: 613-957-0700
Toll free number: 1-866-582-1884
Email: info@ceaa-acee.gc.ca

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