Annex to the Memorandum of Understanding
Between the
Impact Assessment Agency of Canada
and the
Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

Annex 1 - Information Sharing and Notification Protocol

Whereas the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada (“the Agency”) and the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (“the CNSC”) — together, “the participants” — have entered into an MOU on cooperation and collaboration with respect to implementing integrated impact assessment processes under the Impact Assessment Act (the IAA) for designated projects regulated under the Nuclear Safety and Control Act (NSCA).

Therefore, the Agency and the CNSC will consult and work collaboratively, through efficient and effective cooperation, without unnecessary delays or duplication of effort, and in accordance with the provisions of the MOU and the procedures and guidance of this Annex with regard to information sharing and notification.

Purpose

This Annex sets out how the Agency and the CNSC will ensure information exchange and notification during all phases of an integrated impact assessment process.

Scope

This Annex will apply to communication, notification and early and ongoing information sharing in all phases of a potential integrated impact assessment involving designated projects regulated under the NSCA, including engagement, consultation, analysis, and preparatory work activities.

The roles and responsibilities of the Agency and the CNSC relating to an integrated impact assessment process are in accordance with the IAA and the NSCA, respectively.

Information Sharing and Notification

The Agency and the CNSC agree that reciprocal notification and early and ongoing information sharing is important to ensure that the principle of "one project, one assessment" is followed in fulfilling the requirements under the IAA and the NSCA. As such, the Agency and the CNSC agree, at a minimum, to notify each other at the key points outlined below.

Throughout the integrated impact assessment process, the Agency will provide notification to the CNSC regarding planned and/or requested public engagement and Indigenous consultation activities as per the Public Engagement and Indigenous Consultation Annexes (Annexes 2 and 3).

Prior to the submission of an initial Project Description:

During the Planning phase:

During the Impact Statement and Impact Assessment phases:

During the Decision-Making phase:

During the Post-Decision phase:

Points of Contact

The CNSC and the Agency will each identify the point of contact to coordinate correspondence between the two organizations. These identified points of contact will ensure information exchange and notification during all phases of an integrated impact assessment process.

The CNSC point of contact is the Director of the Environmental Assessment Division or his/her delegate. The Agency’s point of contact is the regional Project Manager for the proposed project. Each participant will ensure that up-to-date contact information for the respective points of contact is made available to each other.

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