Canada-Ontario Agreement On Environmental Assessment Cooperation

On April 25, the Ministry of environment, conversation and parks released a discussion paper outlining its vision for an improved environmental assessment process. The modernization of the Environmental Assessment Act, first introduced in 1975, would aim to ensure a better match between the level of assessment and the environmental risk associated with a project, avoid double authorization procedures, increase the efficiency of the environmental assessment (EA) process to shorten timelines, and become digital by allowing online submissions.1 (3) For a project outside of Ontario, Canada is invited to participate in the evaluation of this project. In addition, the current environmental assessment system can be complex and cumbersome, as applicants must consider not only municipal directives and by-laws, but also the mandates of other provincial and federal authorities. 6. Upon request, the Parties shall make available to the Proponent, during the development of the environmental assessment document, guidelines to ensure that the document complies with its legislative and policy requirements. 4. If a Party finds that the information it needs to meet its legal obligations is not provided by the cooperative environmental assessment, that Party, while continuing to participate in the cooperative environmental assessment, shall document its needs for information on its legal expertise, make it available to the designated office of the lead Party and cooperate with it; Request information from one of the supporters in order to determine the impact on the order of business. Article 12(1) may be taken into account. . . .