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However, after 20 years of existence, this legislation was repealed and replaced by CEAA 2012.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: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
Title:Speaking Notes for Presentation to the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development

Review of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act

Resource Type:Presentation
Content:Download PDF file
# of Pages:3
Date authored:October 27, 2011
Publication number:825
Author/s:Richard Lindgren
Author Organization:CELA

Mar 27 2012

D'un océan à l'autre, des groupes canadiens déclarent que des lois environnementales fédérales inclusives sont nécessaires
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