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Government of Canada Releases Interim Guidance on the Impact Assessment Act


OTTAWA, ON , Oct. 26, 2023 /CNW/ - Attracting investment and supporting major job-creating projects requires regulatory certainty from all levels of government.

Following the recent opinion by the Supreme Court of Canada on the Impact Assessment Act (IAA), the Government of Canada is setting a clear path forward for impact assessments in Canada to provide clarity for businesses, provinces, Indigenous groups and stakeholders involved in the development of major projects.

Today, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, announced Government of Canada guidance on the interim administration of the Impact Assessment Act to ensure that projects currently in the assessment process have an orderly and clear path forward.

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This guidance provides certainty to ongoing processes while the Government prepares for the introduction of targeted and meaningful amendments to the IAA that align with the opinion of the Supreme Court of Canada.

The Supreme Court of Canada affirmed the right of the Government of Canada to put in place impact assessment legislation, protect Indigenous Peoples rights, and collaborate with the provinces on environmental protection. Respecting guidance from the Supreme Court of Canada, the Government will move quickly to introduce important amendments, including incorporating the Court's call for greater collaboration between the federal and provincial governments.

The Government of Canada and the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada will continue to work collaboratively with the provinces, Indigenous partners, stakeholders and the public as the amendments to the Impact Assessment Act proceed. Strong collaboration is and will remain at the heart of conducting federal assessments and protecting the environment.

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"The Supreme Court of Canada's opinion on impact assessment means we now have clarity to better align the IAA to areas of federal jurisdiction while continuing to protect the environment. The Government of Canada is doing its part and looks to the provincial governments to do theirs, so we can work together to protect the environment and advance sustainable development in Canada in the spirit of cooperative federalism."

 - The Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Environment and Climate Change

"The Impact Assessment Act established a set of better rules to ensure that Indigenous perspectives are included from the beginning of the review process, to ensure that important environmental and climate considerations are heard and addressed, and to provide clear timelines to investors and businesses to get good projects built fast. As we work to make targeted amendments to the IAA to bring it in line with the Supreme Court of Canada's opinion, today's interim guidance aims to provide clarity to investors and businesses in the immediate term. In a global competition for investment, Canada's project review process is an important strategic advantage. As we move forward, we will ensure this remains the case."

 - The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources

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