3C – Navigating the New Impact Assessment Act and Consideration of New Key Factors

Preliminary Course Agenda

May 14, 2020
Course Description

In August 2019 the federal government’s new Impact Assessment Act, formerly known as Bill C-69, came into force. While much of this “new” assessment process is similar to what has been in place previously, there are some interesting and important changes in the legislation that proponents, stakeholders and all those involved in a proposed project will want to better understand.

The course will start off with an overview of the process, key aspects and decision points. This will be followed by a comparison with the Ontario environmental assessment process. The course will then dive into a few key new aspects, namely: the early planning phase, engagement and partnerships with Indigenous peoples, how to approach social impact assessments, as well as climate change impacts into project assessments.

Course Chair

Jill Baker, Golder Associates

Guest Speakers

To be announced

Course begins 9 AM

The Impact Assessment Act
  • An overview of the new federal Impact Assessment Act (IAA)
  • Five steps in the process
  • Planning phase

A comparison with the Ontario Environmental Assessment Process
  • Similarities and differences

Meaningful engagement and partnerships with Indigenous people
  • What does this mean, what does this look like, and some good advice on how to approach it

Climate change impact assessment
  • Considerations and approach to evaluating greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions

Sustainability and the public interest: A new decision factor
  • What is “sustainability” under the Impact Assessment Act and how might it be taken into consideration in a decision?

Question and answer period

Course ends 5 PM

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