Public participation in federal environmental assessment (EA) ensures an open, balanced process and strengthens the quality and credibility of a project’s review. Local and traditional knowledge about a project's physical location can help to identify and address potential environmental effects at the early stage of an environmental assessment.
There are a number of opportunities to participate in federal EAs under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012.
How to Get Involved:
- Check the Canadian Environmental Assessment Registry for information on projects and current opportunities to participate;
- Apply for funding to assist your participation, or that of your organization or group, in an EA through the Agency's Participant Funding Program;
- Submit comments at key points in an EA process. Public comments are taken into account before decisions are made; and
- Participate in information sessions and public hearings associated with a review panel.
The Basics of Environmental Assessment provides more detailed information on the steps in the EA process and when opportunities for the public to participate occur.
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