Appearance before the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development (May 2021): Supplementary Binder used by the President

One-Liners and Quick Reference Sheet for the President

Main Estimates

1. IAAC’s 2021–2022 Main Estimates are $79.0 million, could you elaborate on the composition of these Main Estimates?

2. Why have IAAC’s authorities increased from 2020–2021?

3. Why does the new process of impact assessment require substantially more funds than the previous system?

4. Specifically, what is IAAC funding through its $22.2 million grants and contribution programs?

Impact Assessment Act Implementation

5. What are the benefits of the Impact Assessment Act?

6. What has been the implementation experience to date?

  1. Have legislated timelines been met?
    • Legislated time limits in relation to all designated projects subject to IAA have been met.
  2. How many projects have entered the new system?
    • IAAC has accepted fifteen (15) initial project descriptions since the IAA came into force in August 2019 (as of Feb 15, 2021).
    • This rate is almost the same as was experienced under CEAA 2012, despite the ongoing challenges of the COVID pandemic.
  3. What is the status of projects that have entered the new system?
    • Seven (7) projects are in the Planning Phase, and eight (8) projects have completed the Planning Phase.
      • Three (3) will be impact assessments by the Agency (Webequie, Marten Falls Roads and Wasamac Gold Mine);
      • One will be an impact assessment by an Integrated Review Panel with the Canada Energy Regulator (Gazoduq);
      • One will be a substituted IA by British Columbia (Cedar LNG);
      • One was terminated by the proponent (Great Sandhills Railway Switching); and
      • Two for which no impact assessment was required (Prairie Lights Power, ATCO Salt Cavern Storage Expansion).
  4. How many assessments are continuing under the former Act (CEAA 2012)?
    [Note: this is the only question that is not captured in the full Q&A document]
    • There are currently forty-nine (49) projects being evaluated under CEAA 2012 (thirty-five (35) EAs by agency, eight (8) substituted and six (6) EA by Review Panel).

7. How are climate commitments (e.g. Paris Accord, Net Zero 2050) dealt with in the federal review process?

8. How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected the time limits for project assessments?

Key Projects

9. What is the status of the Roberts Bank Terminal 2 project assessment?

10. What is the status of the Laurentia project assessment?

11. What is the status of the Contrecoeur Port Terminal Expansion project assessment?

12. What is the status of the Énergie Saguenay project assessment?

13. What is the status of the Milton Logistics Hub project assessment?

14. What is the status of the Grassy Mountain Coal project assessment?

15. What is the status of the Lake Manitoba and Lake St. Martin Outlet Channels project assessment?

16. What is the status of the Springbank Off-Stream Reservoir project assessment?

17. What is the status of the Meaford Hydroelectric Pumped Storage project assessment?

18. How many projects has the Minister designated under the Impact Assessment Act?

19. What are the ongoing and requested Regional Assessments?

20. What is a strategic assessment under the Impact Assessment Act and have any been completed?

Consultations

21. How does the impact assessment process reflect Indigenous views and perspectives?

22. How are opposing views amongst affected Indigenous groups or within communities balanced in the federal review process (e.g. elected vs. hereditary chiefs)?

23. How have Indigenous and public consultations been affected by the Pandemic?

Newfoundland Offshore Regulations

24. What is the Regulation affecting offshore exploratory projects under the Impact Assessment Act?

25. What is the status of the judicial review by environmental organizations challenging the Regional Assessment and associated Ministerial Regulation, and how will it affect future exploratory drilling projects in the eastern portion of the Canada-Newfoundland Offshore Area?

Cost Recovery

26. How does cost recovery work under IAA?

27. Does IAAC intend to cost recover for an impact assessment led by IAAC?

Minister’s Advisory Council on Impact Assessment (MINAC)

28. Why was the Minister’s Advisory Council on Impact Assessment created and what is its mandate?

29. What is the composition of the Council?

30. What is the timeline for the first report of the Council and how will you integrate its advice into the work of the Impact Assessment Agency?

31. What is the difference between the Minister’s Advisory Council on Impact Assessment, the Indigenous Advisory Committee and the Technical Advisory Committee, and what advice have any of these bodies provided?

Indigenous Cooperation Regulations

32. What is the status of the Indigenous Cooperation Regulations?

Impact Assessment Agency of Canada Assessments, By the Numbers

Impact Assessment Agency of Canada Assessments, By the Numbers (PDF - 88 kB)

List of Assessment Requests

#

Assessment Name

Type of Assessment Request

Requestor

Result

Date of Ministerial Decision

1

Horizon Oil Sands Mine North Pit Extension

Designation

Indigenous Groups

Designation Denied

2/15/2019

2

L’Orignal Ontario Cement Plant

Designation

Public

Designation Denied

3/28/2019

3

Wanipigow Sand Extraction

Designation

Public

Designation Denied

5/16/2019

4

Canso Spaceport Facility

Designation

Indigenous Group

Designation Denied

6/28/2019

5

Upham East Gypsum Quarry

Designation

NGO

Designation Denied

6/28/2019

6

Thorlakson Nature’s Call (TNC) Open Air Compost Operation

Designation

NGO

Designation Denied

8/8/2019

7

Goldboro Gold Mine

Designation

Indigenous Group

Designation Denied

12/12/2019

8

Reid Road Reservoir Quarry

Designation

Federal Member of Parliament

Designation Denied

12/12/2019

9

Rycroft Alternative Water Hub Facility

Designation

Indigenous Group

Designation Denied

12/12/2019

10

Xplornet Telecommunications Tower

Designation

Public

Designation Denied

12/12/2019

11

600 Creek Drainage Network

Designation

Public

Designation Denied

12/13/2019

12

Atwater Drainage Network

Designation

Public

Designation Denied

12/13/2019

13

Blackbird Creek Drainage Network

Designation

Public

Designation Denied

12/13/2019

14

Brooksby Drainage Network

Designation

Public

Designation Denied

12/13/2019

15

Dry Lake Drainage Network

Designation

Public

Designation Denied

12/13/2019

16

Lang Creek West Drainage Network

Designation

Public

Designation Denied

12/13/2019

17

Saline Lake Drainage Network

Designation

Public

Designation Denied

12/13/2019

18

Vipond Drainage Network

Designation

Public

Designation Denied

12/13/2019

19

Wascana Block A Drainage Network

Designation

Public

Designation Denied

12/13/2019

20

Northern Pulp Replacement ETF

Designation

Indigenous Group

Designation Denied

12/16/2019

21

Coalspur Phase II

Designation

Public

Project DesignatedFootnote 1

12/20/2019

22

West Path Delivery Program

Designation

Corporation, Indigenous Group

Designation Denied

5/27/2020

23

Coalspur Vista Coal Underground Mine

Designation

NGO, Indigenous Group

Project DesignatedFootnote 2

7/30/2020

24

Fording River Project (formerly Castle Mountain)

Designation

NGOs, Indigenous Groups

Project DesignatedFootnote 3

8/18/2020

25

CanPacific Potash - Project Albany

Designation

NGO

Designation Denied

8/26/2020

26

Surrey Langley SkyTrain and Broadway Subway

Designation

Public

Designation Denied

9/28/2020

27

Vivian Sand Facility Project

Designation

Provincial MLA, Indigenous Group

Designation Denied

11/16/2020

28

NWT Railway Switching Operation

Designation

Indigenous Group

Designation Denied

1/19/2021

29

Long Pond Development

Designation

NGO

Designation Denied

3/8/2021

30

Ontario Line Project

Designation

Group of NGOs

Designation Denied

4/16/2021

31

Bradford Bypass Project

Designation

NGO

Designation Denied

5/3/2021

32

GTA West Corridor

Designation

NGO

Project DesignatedFootnote 4

5/3/2021

33

Town of Erin Urban Centre Wastewater Treatment Plant

Designation

Group of NGOs

Request Ongoing

5/26/2021Footnote 5

34

Tent Mountain Coal Mine Expansion Project

Designation

Federal Member of Parliament, Indigenous Groups, NGOs

Request Ongoing

6/1/2021Footnote 6

1

Ring of Fire

Regional Assessment

University, Indigenous Group, NGO

Request AcceptedFootnote 7

2/10/2020

2

St. Lawrence River

Regional Assessment

Indigenous Group

Further Information required

10/27/2020

3

Coal Mining in Southwestern Alberta

Regional Assessment

Federal Member of Parliament

Request Ongoing

6/18/2021Footnote 8

4

Western Energy Corridor

Regional Assessment

Consortium of Energy and Pipeline Executives

Request Ongoing

6/21/2021Footnote 9

5

Toronto Danforth Area

Regional Assessment

Public

Request Ongoing

7/19/2021Footnote 10

1

In Situ Decommissioning of Nuclear Facilities in Canada

Strategic Assessment

Indigenous Group

Request Ongoing

5/7/2021Footnote 11

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