Practitioner’s Guide to Federal Impact Assessments
Read the Government of Canada’s Statement on the Interim Administration of the Impact Assessment Act Pending Legislative Amendments, issued following the Supreme Court of Canada’s opinion on the Impact Assessment Act.
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This Guide includes policy frameworks and guidance, and templates organized by assessment phase and topic:
Policy frameworks set out the intent and interpretation of key sections of the Impact Assessment Act (the Act).
Guidance documents provide support to project proponents and impact assessment practitioners on what is required under the Act and how the practitioners’ work informs the overall impact assessment process.
Templates set out the information or studies that the Agency considers necessary for the conduct of an impact assessment when it issues a notice of commencement.
- Government of Canada’s statement on the interim administration of the Impact Assessment Act pending legislative amendments
- Planning phase
- Preparing an initial project description and a detailed project description
- Coordination of federal authorizations through the impact assessment process
- Cooperation plan
- Permitting plan
- Public participation plan
- Indigenous engagement and partnership plan
- Tailored impact statement guidelines (TISG)
- Indigenous participation and engagement
- Public participation
- Factors to consider in an impact assessment
- Guidance: Describing effects and characterizing extent of significance
- Summary of Guidance: Describing effects and characterizing extent of significance
- Health, social and economic effects (guidance)
- Policy framework for assessing cumulative effects under the Impact Assessment Act
- Impacts on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
- "Need for", "purpose of", "alternatives to" and "alternative means"
- Sustainability (guidance)
- Incorporating Indigenous knowledge and working with Indigenous communities (guidance)
- Environmental obligations and climate change commitments (policy framework)
- Community knowledge (policy framework)
- Gender-based analysis plus (guidance)
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