Ensuring sustainable development while safeguarding the environment in an economically competitive context is a major challenge for Canadians.
Fasken Martineau's Energy, environment and climate change group cordially invites you to attend its upcoming conference that will take a look at the amendments made to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (2012) and other federal environmental legislation, such as the Fisheries Act.
On March 29, 2012, the government of Canada tabled its Economic Action Plan 2012 before the House of Commons. The plan provides, among other things, for a reform of the regulatory system in the resource sector that includes proposals for significant amendments to the federal environmental review process.
On April 26, 2012, the federal government tabled Bill C-38 -- the Jobs, Growth and Long-Term Prosperity Act -- which became the legal basis for the government's plan to modernize the federal environmental review process. Amendments to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA) finally came into force on June 29, 2012. Of these major amendments, the most notable is the one made to the mechanism that, in some cases, allows the provincial environmental assessment process to be substituted for the federal one. Any decision made by Canada's Environment Minister must be based on the environmental assessment report prepared by the province for that project.