Minister’s Advisory Council on impact assessment

The Minister’s Advisory Council on impact assessment provides the Minister of Environment and Climate Change with non-partisan advice and recommendations on issues related to the implementation of the impact assessment, regional and strategic assessment regimes set out under the Impact Assessment Act (IAA).

The mandate of the Council is to provide advice to the Minister on the implementation of the impact assessment regime in relation to the purposes set out for it in the IAA.

The Council will focus its advice to the Minister on the governance of the regime, the effectiveness and efficiency of the processes established under the IAA and implemented by the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada, and will provide advice with respect to regional and strategic assessments.

Applications for the Council were sought from August 27 to September 30, 2020. The Minister appointed his new Council members in November 2020. The Council is made up of 12 members, including the Chair. The President of the Agency serves as an additional, ex-officio non-voting member.

All members have varied experience and backgrounds to ensure broad and inclusive views that reflect regional perspectives, diversity of experience and gender representation. First Nations, Inuit and Métis governing bodies or other entities, recommended three members to ensure their interests are represented.

The Council will provide its advice to the Minister in a biennial Report.

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