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Federal government reviews Canadian Environmental Assessment Act

August 3, 2016

On June 20 the federal government launched a review of four key pieces of legislation that affect engineering and construction projects across Canada.

The review will be of processes under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act , 2012 (CEAA),  the National Energy Board, The Fisheries Act, and the Navigation Protection Act. The revies also cover the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission.

Five lawyers from McCarthy Tetrault explain the scope of the review in their article: “And So It Begins – Federal Government Launches Review of Environmental and Regulatory Processes.”

They say that the government is following its stated goal “to develop new, fair processes that are robust, incorporate scientific evidence, protect our environment, respect the rights of Indigenous peoples, and support economic growth.”

An expert panel reviewing the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act is scheduled to be holding terms of reference this month, with consultation hearings to be held across Canada between September and November.

To read the article by Peter Brady, Dominique Amyot-Bilodeau, Kimberly Howard Kimberly Macnab and Gordon Nettleton of McCarthy Tetrault in Canadian ERA Perspectives, click here.



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