The Proposed New Federal Impact Assessment Act (IAA) Under Bill C-69: Assessment & Reform Proposals

25 Pages Posted: 5 Mar 2018 Last revised: 22 Mar 2018

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Meinhard Doelle

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

Date Written: March 4, 2018

Abstract

This working paper starts with an overview of the proposed Canadian Impact Assessment Act (CIAA), introduced in Parliament in February 2018 as part of Bill C-69. The Bill was introduced following a multi-year consultation effort by the federal government on how to improve the federal assessment and decision-making process in Canada to regain public trust in the process and federal project decisions. Following a general overview of the key changes, the paper offers a detailed assessment of three key elements of the proposed reforms, the Review Panel process, public participation, follow-up, and the role of strategic and regional assessments under the proposed CIAA. Each detailed assessment includes a summary of what Bill C-69 proposes, where it falls short, and how the shortcomings could be addressed through amendments to Bill C-69.

Keywords: Impact Assessment, Environmental Assessment, Canada

Suggested Citation

Doelle, Meinhard, The Proposed New Federal Impact Assessment Act (IAA) Under Bill C-69: Assessment & Reform Proposals (March 4, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3134139 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3134139

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