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Development of a Ministerial Order for the new Impact Assessment System

The Government of Canada is implementing new rules that protect the environment, recognize and respect Indigenous rights, and strengthen our economy through the Impact Assessment Act.

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency is seeking public comments until August 21, 2019 on a consultation paper on a Ministerial order that sets out the classes of projects on federal lands and outside Canada that will cause only insignificant adverse environmental effects.

The consultation paper is seeking input on the proposed classes of projects that would be included in the Ministerial order made under subsection 88(1) of the Impact Assessment Act. An authority seeking to carry out a project that is part of one of these classes of projects would not be subject to the Impact Assessment Act provisions for projects on federal lands and outside Canada.

The feedback gathered will help inform the development of the final Ministerial Order.

This is the only opportunity to provide comments prior to the publication of the final Ministerial order in Canada Gazette, Part II.

Click on the Consultation Paper below to read the paper and share your feedback


Explore the How new laws and regulations are created infographic to learn more about the process: PDF | HTML

Recent regulatory consultations undertaken by the Agency

The feedback received during recent comment periods on regulations supporting implementation of the Impact Assessment Act is available below for reference:

Consultation on the proposed Project List

Consultation on the proposed Information Requirements and Time Management Regulations

Thank you for your interest and participation in this process.

Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency



Development of a Ministerial Order for the new Impact Assessment System

The Government of Canada is implementing new rules that protect the environment, recognize and respect Indigenous rights, and strengthen our economy through the Impact Assessment Act.

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency is seeking public comments until August 21, 2019 on a consultation paper on a Ministerial order that sets out the classes of projects on federal lands and outside Canada that will cause only insignificant adverse environmental effects.

The consultation paper is seeking input on the proposed classes of projects that would be included in the Ministerial order made under subsection 88(1) of the Impact Assessment Act. An authority seeking to carry out a project that is part of one of these classes of projects would not be subject to the Impact Assessment Act provisions for projects on federal lands and outside Canada.

The feedback gathered will help inform the development of the final Ministerial Order.

This is the only opportunity to provide comments prior to the publication of the final Ministerial order in Canada Gazette, Part II.

Click on the Consultation Paper below to read the paper and share your feedback


Explore the How new laws and regulations are created infographic to learn more about the process: PDF | HTML

Recent regulatory consultations undertaken by the Agency

The feedback received during recent comment periods on regulations supporting implementation of the Impact Assessment Act is available below for reference:

Consultation on the proposed Project List

Consultation on the proposed Information Requirements and Time Management Regulations

Thank you for your interest and participation in this process.

Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency