Canadian Environmental Assessment Act
Enacted in 1992, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA) is an important law that establishes environmental planning requirements intended to identify, evaluate and mitigate adverse effects of projects which require federal permits, lands or funding. In 2011, the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development undertook a statutory review of the CEAA. The Report on the CEAA Review, released in March of 2012 would, if implemented, effectively gut the CEAA by greatly reducing the number of projects subject to, and environmental considerations required under, the Act. It would be further gutted by substituting provincial environmental assessment laws for the CEAA process. See below for CELA's legal critique of these changes and our recommendations for CEAA reform.