September 5, 2019 — Ottawa — Impact Assessment Agency of Canada
Today, Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, and British Columbia’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, George Heyman, announced the signing of a bilateral agreement on cooperating on project reviews under Canada’s new Impact Assessment Act and British Columbia’s new Environmental Assessment Act.
The Governments of Canada and British Columbia are working together to protect the environment and strengthen our economy. The Canada-British Columbia Impact Assessment Cooperation Agreement sets out how the two jurisdictions will work together on impact assessments that require approvals from both levels of government using substituted and coordinated assessments and review panels. This will ensure a more predictable and timely process, increased efficiency and certainty, and result in quality assessments that draw on the best available expertise.
The agreement includes a commitment for Canada and British Columbia to work together to coordinate cooperation and collaboration with Indigenous peoples throughout impact assessments.
The agreement was informed by feedback from the public, industry, stakeholders, and Indigenous peoples, including feedback received during a 30-day comment period.