3B – Navigating the Federal and Provincial EA and Permitting Processes: A Guide to the New Rules

Course Agenda

May 9, 2019
Course Description

Bill C-69, the new Impact Assessment Act, sets up new rules regarding early engagement, indigenous consultations, social, health and climate change impact assessments for projects. In this new course, experts from Golder Associates describe the main features of the Act and show how these can dovetail with the latest in approvals modernization initiatives to produce an efficient and consistent approach to gaining, managing and maintaining approvals and authorizations.

In addition, feedback from the Ministry of Environment Conservation and Parks Environment Activity and Sector Registry compliance pilot program will be presented, including the most common issues identified.

Course Co-Chairs

Jill Baker and Sean Capstick, Golder Associates


Rodney Northey, Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP | Kate Liubansky, Golder Associates Ltd. | Jane Glassco, Assistant Director, Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks

Course begins 9 AM

  • Five step process to receiving a timely approval
  • Developing a strategy under the new environmental assessment and permits process

What’s new: Impact Assessment Act (IAA) and what it means to you?
  • An overview of the new federal IAA
  • Comparison of Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA) 2012 and the new IAA including:
    • Early planning phase
    • Social and health impact assessment, and gender-based analysis
  • New language of “adverse effects”

Determining and understanding engagement requirements
  • Inclusive participation with Indigenous Peoples
  • Free and prior informed consent (FPIC) – early engagement
  • Strategies dealing with elevation and designation requests and public’s appeal rights

Decision making and the public interest
  • What are some of the “public interest factors” e.g., sustainability, effects on climate change

Q&A with impact assessment panel

Integration of environmental assessment and provincial permitting approaches
  • What does the new IAA do to facilitate integration?
  • What’s new at the provincial level
  • Identifying your approval path
  • “High risk” approvals vs. the Environmental Activity and Sector Registry (EASR) process
  • Hints, tips and technologies to help with approvals management
  • New MECP requirements regarding approvals and airsheds

Ontario’s environmental activity and sector registry audit process
  • Review of the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) pilot compliance audit process
  • Summary of audit results to date
  • Questions

Regional and strategic assessments: Their role in project development and the approval process

Incorporating climate change considerations in impact assessments
  • An overview of the guidance materials
  • Integrating a climate lens on infrastructure projects and practical steps to incorporate resilience into design
  • Framing GHG emissions in the conflicting reductions strategies

Q&A with permitting panel

Course ends 5 PM

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