Canadian Environmental Assessment Act

In 1992, the Government of Canada enacted the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA), which established environmental assessment (EA) processes intended to identify, evaluate and mitigate adverse environmental effects that may be caused by projects under federal jurisdiction.

However, after 20 years of existence, this legislation was repealed and replaced by CEAA 2012. This new law, which is still in force, applies to a much smaller set of projects, greatly expands Ministerial discretion, and considerably narrows the nature and scope of federal EA requirements.

In response to ongoing public concerns about CEAA 2012, the Government of Canada established an advisory Expert Panel in 2016 to consult Canadians on how to make federal EA processes more robust, evidence-based, participatory, and credible. The Panel's report is scheduled to be filed by March 31, 2017, and further legislative changes are anticipated in due course.

This collection contains CELA’s various briefs, articles and media releases on CEAA reform since 2010. Pre-2010 materials about the CEAA may be found in CELA’s publications list or via a site search.

Title:2016 CEPA Review – CELA Response to Environment and Climate Change Canada CEPA Discussion Paper of May 2016
Resource Type:Letter
Content:Download PDF file
# of Pages:11
Date authored:March 21, 2017
Author/s:Joseph F. Castrilli and Fe de Leon
Author Organization:Canadian Environmental Law Association
Title:The Need for Health Impact Assessments to be Integrated into all Federal Environmental Assessment Processes

A submission from health organizations and health professionals to the Expert Panel established by the Minister of Environment and Climate Change to review federal environmental assessment processes

Resource Type:Report, Response to Consultation
Content:Download PDF file
# of Pages:15
Date authored:December 23, 2016
Author/s:Multiple Health Organizations and Health Professionals
Title:The Legal Path to Sustainability - The Top Five Reforms Needed for Next-Generation Assessments

Final Submissions of the Canadian Environmental Law Association To the Expert Panel regarding the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012

Resource Type:Report, Response to Consultation
Content:Download PDF file
# of Pages:17
Date authored:December 22, 2016
Author/s:Richard D. Lindgren
Author Organization:Canadian Environmental Law Association
Title:Ensuring a Robust Review of Federal Environment Assessment

CELA’s Submissions on the Proposed Terms of Reference for the Expert Panel

Resource Type:Letter, Response to Consultation
Content:Download PDF file
# of Pages:9
Date authored:July 19, 2016
Author/s:Richard D. Lindgren
Author Organization:Canadian Environmental Law Association
Title:Federal Environmental Law Priorities: Letter to Opposition Party Leaders
Resource Type:Letter
Content:Download PDF file
Date authored:November 12, 2015
Publication number:1038
Author/s:Theresa McClenaghan
Author Organization:CELA
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
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