Law and Policy Options for Strategic Environmental Assessment in Canada

88 Pages Posted: 18 Aug 2010 Last revised: 17 Apr 2014

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Hugh Benevides

Independent

Denis Kirchhoff

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Robert B. Gibson

University of Waterloo - School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability

Meinhard Doelle

Dalhousie University - Schulich School of Law; World Maritime University (WMU); Dalhousie University - Marine and Environmental Law Institute

Date Written: October 1, 2009

Abstract

This research paper has been produced for the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency on behalf of the sub-committee on Strategic Environmental Assessment (the SEA sub-committee) which is in turn mandated by the Minister of the Environment’s Regulatory Advisory Committee (RAC). The immediate need for the report is a request from RAC to the SEA sub-committee to research and report on law and policy options for improving the conduct of Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) in Canada, with a focus on the federal level.

The purpose of the paper is to provide an impartial, research-based assessment of the best approaches to designing and implementing a more effective federal SEA regime for Canada, recognizing the diversity of contexts and conditions under which SEA is needed in this country, the frequently overlapping nature of federal, provincial and other government responsibility, and the challenges evident from SEA experience in Canada to date.

Keywords: Strategic Environmental Assessment

Suggested Citation

Benevides, Hugh and Kirchhoff, Denis and Gibson, Robert B. and Doelle, Meinhard, Law and Policy Options for Strategic Environmental Assessment in Canada (October 1, 2009). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1660403 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1660403

Hugh Benevides

Independent

Denis Kirchhoff

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Robert B. Gibson

University of Waterloo - School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability ( email )

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Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1
Canada

Meinhard Doelle (Contact Author)

Dalhousie University - Schulich School of Law ( email )

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World Maritime University (WMU) ( email )

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Dalhousie University - Marine and Environmental Law Institute ( email )

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Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4H9
Canada

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