Compliance Promotion and Enforcement
The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) is responsible for promoting, monitoring and facilitating compliance with the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 (CEAA 2012) and any decision statement issued by the Minister of Environment and Climate Change.
The Agency's enforcement officers are designated to verify compliance and enforce CEAA 2012 and any conditions in decision statements. Enforcement officers also apply a number of compliance promotion and enforcement activities to foster compliance with CEAA 2012 and avoid adverse environmental effects. These activities include carrying out site inspections and investigations. Enforcement officers apply CEAA 2012 in a manner that is fair, predictable and consistent; and they use the authorities and powers founded in this Act.
The Agency's compliance promotion and enforcement activities may also be carried out in cooperation with other federal, provincial and territorial governments involved in enforcement of Acts and Regulations complementary to CEAA 2012.
Policies and Resources
The Agency has developed resources on how compliance promotion and enforcement activities are undertaken by the Agency and its enforcement officers:
- Compliance and Enforcement Policy for the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 [PDF - 1 MB].
- Frequently Asked Questions on the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency's Compliance Promotion and Enforcement Program
- Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency's Compliance Promotion and Enforcement Program: Glossary
Policy and guidance documents related to the federal environmental assessment process can be found under the Policy and Guidance section of the Agency's website.
Transparency and Openness
To maintain openness, transparency and accountability, the Agency is committed to providing online access to information related to its inspection activities and enforcement actions.
When CEAA 2012 enforcement officers have reasonable grounds to believe that non-compliance has occurred, various enforcement actions are available to them to restore compliance.
Annual Summary of Inspection Activities
Annual summary of inspection activities conducted by Agency enforcement officers over the course of a fiscal year.
After the completion of an environmental assessment, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change must issue a decision statement. Decision statements may contain conditions requiring the proponent to submit annual reports, plans and implementation schedules (proponent submissions) to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency. These records are posted by project to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Registry.
Contact the Compliance Promotion and Enforcement Unit
If you have questions or comments relating to the Agency's compliance and enforcement program and policies, or if you have reason to believe that there has been a contravention of CEAA 2012, you may report it to the Agency at: email@example.com
When you provide the Agency with a tip about a suspected offence or with any other information related to the enforcement of CEAA 2012, your identity remains confidential in accordance with the federal Privacy Act.
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