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However, after 20 years of existence, this legislation was repealed and replaced by CEAA 2012.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.

Mar 27 2012

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

Feb 29 2012

From Coast to Coast, Canadian Groups Say Strong, Inclusive Federal Environmental Laws are Needed
Title:Bill C-9: Proposed Changes to The Canadian Environmental Assessment Act
Resource Type:Legal Submissions
Content:Download PDF file
# of Pages:4
Date authored:July 9, 2010
Publication number:733
Author/s:Richard Lindgren
Author Organization:CELA
Title:Speaking Notes for Presentation to The Senate Committee on National Finance re Bill C-9 Proposals to Amend The Canadian Environmental Assessment Act
Resource Type:Legal Submissions
Content:Download PDF file
# of Pages:3
Date authored:July 6, 2010
Publication number:731
Author/s:Richard Lindgren
Author Organization:CELA
Title:Bill C-9: Proposed Changes to The Canadian Environmental Assessent Act
Resource Type:Legal Submissions
Content:Download PDF file
# of Pages:4
Date authored:July 6, 2010
Publication number:730
Author/s:Richard Lindgren
Author Organization:CELA
Title:A comparison of the basic needs for improvement of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act with the substance and implications of amendments proposed in Bill C-9

CELA publication 721(C)

Resource Type:Report, Response to Consultation
Content:Download PDF file
# of Pages:16
Date authored:May 13, 2010
Publication number:721
Author/s:Robert B. Gibson
Author Organization:Department of Environment and Resource Studies, University of Waterloo and CELA
Title:Re: Bill C-9: Proposed Changes to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act

CELA Publication 721(B) [Letter to James Rajotte, Chair of the Standing Committee of Finance]

Resource Type:Letter
Content:Download PDF file
# of Pages:3
Date authored:May 13, 2010
Publication number:721
Author/s:Richard Lindgren
Author Organization:CELA
Title:Speaking Notes for Presentation to the Standing Committee on Finance Re Bill C-9 Proposals to Amend the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act

CELA Publication 721(A)

Resource Type:Presentation, Response to Consultation
Content:Download PDF file
# of Pages:3
Date authored:May 13, 2010
Publication number:721
Author/s:Richard Lindgren
Author Organization:CELA

May 13 2010

Environmental Groups Go to Ottawa to Oppose Harper Government's Proposals to Weaken Federal Environmental Law

Apr 21 2010

Green Budget Coalition Opposes Using Budget Process to Weaken Environmental Protection Laws
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