Government offers guidance for administration of IAA

Steven Guilbeault, minister of environment and climate change, on behalf of the Canadian government, has unveiled plans to offer guidance on the interim administration of the Impact Assessment Act (IAA), following an opinion from the Supreme Court. The IAA serves as a project tool for the government, enabling the evaluation of projects’ social, economic, environmental and health-related impacts, along with their effects on Indigenous communities and rights.

The Canadian government aims to pave a “clear path forward” for businesses, provinces, Indigenous groups and stakeholders currently involved in major projects undergoing assessment. The newly introduced guidance outlines several points:

  • Comprehensive project evaluation: The Impact Assessment Agency of Canada will assess all ongoing projects. They will gauge their impact on federal jurisdictional areas and provide expert opinions accordingly.
  • Continued collaboration: Project proponents should continue to sustain their information-sharing efforts, facilitating the progression of their assessments.
  • Indigenous consultations: Ongoing consultations with Indigenous Peoples will persist within existing assessment processes, focusing on matters falling under federal jurisdiction.
  • Temporary suspension of designation authority: The Minister’s discretionary powers to designate projects will be temporarily suspended. Reconsideration requests for new designations will happen once updated legislation comes into effect.
  • Collaborative approach: The Impact Assessment Agency of Canada is prepared to assess the need for a comprehensive impact evaluation.
  • Continuation of regional assessments: Ongoing regional assessments, including the Ring of Fire in Ontario and offshore wind projects in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador, will continue. These assessments focus on understanding impacts and do not involve specific project decision-making.
RELATED: Canadian government issues call for proposals to support fight against misinformation

“The Supreme Court of Canada’s opinion on impact assessment means we now have clarity to better align the IAA to areas of federal jurisdiction while continuing to protect the environment,” Guilbeault said. “The Government of Canada is doing its part and looks to the provincial governments to do theirs, so we can work together to protect the environment and advance sustainable development in Canada in the spirit of cooperative federalism.”

There are currently 23 projects in the assessment process under the Impact Assessment Act. Twenty other projects are still under review using the former legislation, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act 2012.

Would you recommend this article?


Thanks for taking the time to let us know what you think of this article!
We'd love to hear your opinion about this or any other story you read in our publication.

Jim Love, Chief Content Officer, IT World Canada

Featured Download

Breanna Schnurr
Breanna Schnurr
Breanna Schnurr is a recent journalism graduate of Toronto Metropolitan University. She loves writing about all things data, travel, tech, lifestyle and subculture. You can reach out to Breanna via [email protected].

Related Tech News

Featured Tech Jobs


CDN in your inbox

CDN delivers a critical analysis of the competitive landscape detailing both the challenges and opportunities facing solution providers. CDN's email newsletter details the most important news and commentary from the channel.