The Government of Canada is currently undertaking a comprehensive review of federal environmental and regulatory processes. This review includes the following:
- Reviewing federal environmental assessment processes;
- Modernizing the National Energy Board;
- Restoring lost protections and introducing modern safeguards to the Fisheries Act and the Navigation Protection Act.
Engagement has been at the core of this and for over a year, there have been many opportunities for Canadians get involved in this process.
- The Government of Canada released a discussion paper that outlined its proposed approach to the environmental and regulatory reviews currently underway.
- Canadians were invited to read the discussion paper and share their views during a public comment period that was held from June 29 to August 28, 2017.
- As a next step, the feedback gathered on the discussion paper from Canadians, as well as input from Indigenous Peoples and stakeholders will help inform potential legislative, regulatory or policy changes.
Review of federal environmental assessment processes
- In August 2016, a four-person Expert Panel was established by the Minister of Environment and Climate Change to review federal environmental assessment processes.
- The Expert Panel spent months engaging the public, Indigenous groups, and stakeholders, both in person and online. The Panel went to 21 cities, received over 500 online submissions, and welcomed over 1,000 participants at engagement sessions.
- The Expert Panel delivered its report to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change and on April 5, 2017, a public comment period was held on the report.
- Canadians can read what we heard by visiting LetsTalkEA.ca.
- For more information, check out our FAQs.
Modernizing the National Energy Board
- In November 2016, an Expert Panel was established by the Minister of Natural Resources.
- In total, the Expert Panel travelled to 10 cities from Vancouver to Yellowknife to Saint John and heard presentations from close to 200 individuals with over 1,000 people in attendance. In addition, over 200 detailed written submissions were provided to the panel.
- The Expert Panel delivered its report to the Minister of Natural Resources on May 15, 2017.
- A public comment period was available on the report until June 14, 2017.
- Visit neb-modernization.ca to read what Canadians had to say about National Energy Board modernization.
Fish habitat protection
Visit letstalkfishhabitat.ca to read what Canadians had to say about fish habitat protection.
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