Proposed Abstract Title

The Canadian Federal Environmental Assessment Framework, as illustrated by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency and the National Energy Board

Type of Presentation

Oral

Session Title

Cross-Border Exchange: Environmental Review Processes for Projects with Transboundary Impacts

Location

2016SSEC

Description

In this presentation we provide an overview of the Canadian national environmental assessment regime, with particular emphasis on practical aspects relating to public and Indigenous consultation, and participation. We will also review an illustrative case study where there was transboundary interest, highlighting how the transboundary dialogue and engagement actually played out in a concrete example.

The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring its federal environmental assessment processes:

  • provide robust oversight and thorough environmental assessments of areas under federal jurisdiction, while also working with provinces and territories to avoid duplication;
  • ensure that decisions are based on science, facts, and evidence, and serve the public’s interest;
  • provide ways for the public to express views and opportunities for experts to meaningfully participate; and
  • require project advocates to choose the best technologies available to reduce environmental impacts.

The purpose of the case study portion of this presentation is to examine a Canadian project to illustrate how the environmental assessment process identified/examined transboundary impacts, how the EA process addressed public concerns related to the cross-border impacts and how these concerns weighed into the outcome of the project’s development. By examining a Canadian example that incorporated and considered transboundary input, we hope to provide greater insight into how transboundary impacts in projects have been analyzed and how the public can engage in the environmental assessment process.

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The Canadian Federal Environmental Assessment Framework, as illustrated by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency and the National Energy Board

2016SSEC

In this presentation we provide an overview of the Canadian national environmental assessment regime, with particular emphasis on practical aspects relating to public and Indigenous consultation, and participation. We will also review an illustrative case study where there was transboundary interest, highlighting how the transboundary dialogue and engagement actually played out in a concrete example.

The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring its federal environmental assessment processes:

  • provide robust oversight and thorough environmental assessments of areas under federal jurisdiction, while also working with provinces and territories to avoid duplication;
  • ensure that decisions are based on science, facts, and evidence, and serve the public’s interest;
  • provide ways for the public to express views and opportunities for experts to meaningfully participate; and
  • require project advocates to choose the best technologies available to reduce environmental impacts.

The purpose of the case study portion of this presentation is to examine a Canadian project to illustrate how the environmental assessment process identified/examined transboundary impacts, how the EA process addressed public concerns related to the cross-border impacts and how these concerns weighed into the outcome of the project’s development. By examining a Canadian example that incorporated and considered transboundary input, we hope to provide greater insight into how transboundary impacts in projects have been analyzed and how the public can engage in the environmental assessment process.