Are you interested in joining the Minister's Advisory Council on Impact Assessment?

Notice of opportunity

August 27, 2020 – The Government of Canada's Impact Assessment Act came into force in August 2019 to strengthen environmental protection in Canada, restore trust in how decisions are made, and grow the economy. The Act prescribes new rules that mean decisions on projects will be guided by science, evidence and Indigenous knowledge. Assessments will look at proposed projects' broader impacts, both positive and negative, including environmental, economic, social, and health.

As a continuation of that process, the Government is now seeking to establish a diverse and non-partisan advisory council to ensure the successful implementation of the impact assessment process.

Could this be you?

The Government of Canada is seeking applications from individuals who possess diverse and varied backgrounds that are interested in serving as members of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change's Advisory Council.

Indigenous peoples, the public, and representatives from areas such as industry, academia, interest groups, non-government organizations, and government are invited to apply. Nominations of individuals by First Nations, Inuit, and Métis entities are encouraged.

What is the Minister's Advisory Council?

The Minister's Advisory Council will provide the Minister of Environment and Climate Change with non-partisan advice on issues related to implementation of the Impact Assessment Act.

The establishment of the Minister's Advisory Council is a requirement under the Impact Assessment Act. It will be responsible for providing independent, objective advice on the effectiveness and implementation of impact assessment processes in Canada.

What will it do?

The Council will advise on areas such as governance, regional and strategic assessment, and early planning for impact assessments.

It will also advise on whether Canada is achieving transparency and predictability for proponents and the public, helping to identify issues early, and creating efficiencies to best support decision-making in the public interest.

The Council will be composed of seven to 11 members, including the Chairperson. It is expected that the Council will meet two to four times per year. Given the current uncertainties surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, meetings will take place virtually, with the potential for face-to-face meetings in the future. Additional meetings, such as sub-working group meetings, may be held to discuss key issues of interest and prepare advice for the Minister.

How do I apply?

To apply, or for more information regarding the Terms of Reference for the Council, please contact Further details regarding qualifications and how to apply can be found below.

You can apply until September 30, 2020.

What happens next?

The assessment and screening of applicants will be done by an evaluation committee that includes representatives from the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada and the Office for the Minister of Environment and Climate Change.

Applicants will be assessed through a merit-based process and evaluated on the criteria below, according to depth of experience and knowledge. The appointees to the Council will be announced at a later date.

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