Canadian Environmental Assessment Act

In 1992, the Government of Canada enacted the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA), which was intended to achieve sustainable development by identifying, evaluating and mitigating adverse environmental effects which may be caused by projects under federal jurisdiction. Over the years, the CEAA was publicly reviewed and periodically amended by Parliament to ensure that the federal environmental assessment process was effective, efficient, and equitable. In addition, there have been a number of key judgments by the Supreme Court of Canada and the Federal Court which affirmed the importance of the CEAA as an information-gathering and decision-making tool in the environmental context.

However, the Government of Canada repealed this legislation in 2012, and replaced it with the new CEAA 2012. This new law, which is now in force, applies to a much smaller set of projects, greatly expands Ministerial discretion, and considerably narrows the nature and scope of federal environmental assessment obligations. Overall, CELA views the new CEAA 2012 as an unjustified and ill-conceived rollback of federal environmental law.

This collection contains CELA’s various briefs, articles and media releases on CEAA reform since 2010. Previous materials about the CEAA may be found in CELA’s publications list.

Title:Feedback Comments from CELA: Letter to the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission Re Draft REGDOC-2.9.1, Environmental Protection: Environmental Assessments
Resource Type:Letter, Response to Consultation
Content:Download PDF file
# of Pages:2
Date authored:September 11, 2014
Author/s:Theresa McClenaghan and Rizwan Khan
Author Organization:Canadian Environmental Law Association
Title:Regulations Establishing Conditions for Making Regulations under Subsection 36(5.2) of the Fisheries Act
Resource Type:Letter, Response to Consultation
Content:Download PDF file
# of Pages:8
Date authored:March 17, 2014
Publication number:979
Author/s:Theresa McClenaghan, Richard Lindgren
Author Organization:Canadian Environmental Law Association
Title:Letter re: Proposed Amendments to the Regulations Designating Physical Activities Under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012
Content:Download PDF file
# of Pages:6
Date authored:May 13, 2013
Publication number:900
Author/s:Richard Lindgren
Author Organization:CELA
Title:Letter to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency re: Amendments to the Projects List Regulations Under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012
Resource Type:Letter
Content:Download PDF file
# of Pages:6
Date authored:August 23, 2012
Publication number:863
Author/s:Richard Lindgen
Author Organization:CELA
Title:Bill C-38, Federal Budget Bill 2012: Implications for Federal Environmental Law
Resource Type:Presentation
Content:Download PDF file
# of Pages:32
Date authored:June 2012
Publication number:913
Author/s:Theresa McClenaghan, Executive Director and Counsel
Author Organization:Canadian Environmental Law Association
Title:Speaking Notes: NDP Public Hearing on Bill C-38 - federal budget bill

Speaking Notes for public hearing convened by federal NDP at Northern District Library, Toronto.

Resource Type:Presentation
Content:Download PDF file
# of Pages:5
Date authored:May 22, 2012
Publication number:934
Author/s:Kathleen Cooper
Author Organization:Canadian Environmental Law Association

Apr 17 2012

Federal Announcements Confirm Government's Intent to Weaken Canada's Environmental Laws

Mar 29 2012

Federal Budget Signals Attack on Canada's Environmental Laws
Title:Letter to The Right Hon. Stephen Harper re Proposed CEAA Reforms

Re: Parliamentary Review of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act: Proposals for Reform

Resource Type:Letter
Content:Download PDF file
# of Pages:3
Date authored:March 27, 2012
Publication number:827
Author/s:Richard Lindgren
Author Organization:CELA
Title:Legal Analysis of the Report of the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development Regarding the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act
Resource Type:Report
Content:Download PDF file
# of Pages:26
Date authored:March 27, 2012
Publication number:826
Author/s:Richard Lindgren
Author Organization:CELA
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