Upon being sworn in as Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Hon. Catherine McKenna, received her mandate letter from the Prime Minister to, among other things, immediately begin a review of federal environmental assessment (EA) processes with the following objectives: (i) restore public trust in EA; (ii) introduce new, and fair process; and (iii) get resources to market. The Minister responded by establishing a four-person Expert Panel (Panel) on August 15, 2016 to conduct the review.
The Panel spent the Fall of 2016 traveling from coast-to-coast-to coast hearing from Canadians, Indigenous peoples, provinces, territories and key stakeholders on how to improve federal EA processes under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012.
Yesterday, the Panel released its report, "A New Vision for Impact Assessment in Canada".
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