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

Course Agenda

Course Description

In August 2019 the federal government’s new Impact Assessment Act (IAA), 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 inclusion of climate change in project assessments.

Course Chair

Jill Baker, Senior Environmental and Social Assessment Specialist, Golder Associates

  • Sean Capstick, Principal, Golder Associates Ltd.
  • Alyson Beal, Principal, Golder Associates Ltd.
  • Rodney Northey, Partner, Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP

Course begins 9 AM

The Impact Assessment Act – An introduction
  • An overview of the new Impact Assessment Act (IAA)A comparison of the IAA and Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 (CEAA)
    • Five steps in the process
    • Timelines of the process
    • Involvement of other federal authorities and provincial governments

Speaker: Jill Baker, Golder Associates

A comparison with the Ontario Environmental Assessment Process
  • Similarities and differences of the IAA and Ontario’s Environmental Assessment Act

Speaker: Alyson Beal, Golder Associates Ltd.

Key changes of the Impact Assessment Act
  • Planning phase
  • New factors to be considered including social and health impact assessment, gender-based analysis, regional and strategic assessments
  • Physical Activities Regulations
  • Information and Management of Time Limits Regulation

Speaker: Jill Baker, Golder Associates

Meaningful engagement and partnerships with Indigenous people
  • What is new in the IAA compared to CEAA 2012?
  • What does “meaningful engagement” mean, what does this look like?
  • Good advice on how to approach engagement with Indigenous communities and what to consider

Speaker: Rodney Northey, Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP

Incorporating climate change into impact assessment
  • What are the new requirements to conduct a Strategic Climate Change Assessment?
  • How to determine the extent of a project’s greenhouse gases (GHG), and how they may hinder or contribute to the Government of Canada’s GHG reduction targets
  • Tips to integrate “climate lens” assessments and practical steps to incorporate resilience into project design

Speaker: Sean Capstick, Golder Associates Ltd.

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?
  • Public interest decision, considering:
    • Contribution to sustainability
    • Significant adverse effects
    • Mitigation measures
    • Impacts on Indigenous people
    • Environmental obligations & climate change commitments

Speakers: Jill Baker, Golder Associates and Rodney Northey, Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP

Question and answer period

Course ends 5 PM

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