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June 22, 2016

Seeking to Restore Public Trust – The Federal Government Launches Review of Environmental & Regulatory Processes

On Monday, the federal government announced a comprehensive review of environmental and regulatory processes. The highlights of the announcement indicate major changes are likely coming to environmental assessment in Canada:

  • Establish an Expert Panel to engage in extensive consultations with Canadians, Indigenous groups and key stakeholders in order to develop recommendations for revamping CEAA, 2012
  • Review and restore lost protections to the Fisheries Act and Navigation Protection Act
  • Modernize the National Energy Board
  • Review and amend northern territorial environmental assessment regimes in addition to the CEAA 2012 review.
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