Policy and Guidance

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) has several resources to help you understand the federal government's impact assessment process. These policies and guides help explain federal impact assessments:

We have also prepared fact sheets to provide more information about the impact assessment process:

These policies and guides help explain environmental assessments:

You can also get more information about environmental assessment by:

The Agency also developed guidance and information on projects on federal lands and outside Canada under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012.

Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012

The documents listed below provide guidance on federal environmental assessments under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 (CEAA 2012).

Operational Policy Statements

Technical Guidance

Reference Guides

Former Canadian Environmental Assessment Act

All documents related to environmental assessments under the former Act (2010) are kept for the completion of transitional environmental assessments commenced prior to CEAA 2012. Some information contained in the documents may still be of interest to those undertaking environmental assessments under CEAA 2012, provided that they have not been replaced by an updated version in the previous table.

Procedural Guides

Operational Policy Statements

Public Participation


Strategic Environmental Assessment

The Cabinet Directive represents the official policy on strategic environmental assessment of the Government of Canada. As such, all Government of Canada departments and agencies that are developing policy, plan and program proposals are obligated to implement the Cabinet Directive consistent with the guidelines for implementing the Cabinet Directive.


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