Environmental Assessment Agreements

Many agreements are in place to evaluate proposed projects in a more efficient, predictable and accountable manner.


Federal-Provincial/Territorial Impact Assessment Cooperation Agreements

Under the new Impact Assessment Act, the Government of Canada is committed to meeting the objective of "one project, one assessment" in its review of projects. Working with provincial, territorial and Indigenous jurisdictions will result in better coordination and alignment of impact assessment timelines and procedures.

Memoranda of Understanding

Interim Memorandum of Understanding with the National Energy Board

On June 18, 2019, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency and the National Energy Board entered into a Memorandum of Understanding establishing how the organizations will work together to integrate the regulatory requirements under the Canadian Energy Regulator Act into the impact assessment process under the Impact Assessment Act. The details of the cooperative process will be outlined in protocols to be attached to the memorandum. The protocols will be evergreen documents that will be updated as required to reflect best practices and lessons learned in the ongoing conduct of integrated impact assessments.

Memoranda of Understanding on Substitution under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act

Federal-Provincial/Territorial EA Cooperation Agreements

Other Federal-Provincial/Territorial Agreements

Federal-Aboriginal Agreements

Agreements with Aboriginal groups help to harmonize the federal and environmental assessment processes and promote an open and participatory process for assessing the environmental implications of projects on Aboriginal lands. They ensure that resources are used efficiently and effectively and that only a single assessment occurs for one project. They also improve the integration of environmental and economic considerations.

International Agreements

The Government of Canada recognizes the need to ensure that actions undertaken in Canada do not cause environmental harm to other nations. It actively promotes and fosters cooperation in Canada and abroad regarding transboundary environmental impacts. Such efforts lead to agreements that address environmental impacts that may cross borders and that foster sound environmental practices and international cooperation.

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