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Development of regulations for the proposed new impact assessment system

The Government of Canada is committed to putting in place better rules for major projects that protect the environment, respect Indigenous rights, and strengthen our economy.

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency sought public comments until 31 May, 2019 to inform the development of two regulations to support the government’s proposed new Impact Assessment Act:

  • The Regulations Designating Physical Activities (also known as the Project List) would set out the types of projects that may be subject to a federal impact assessment (known as designated projects). The Discussion Paper on Proposed Project List details the project types that are proposed for inclusion in the Project List and the approach followed to create the list. The new Project List will aim to make it clear when the new rules apply, providing certainty that Canadians and companies need and expect.

  • The Information Requirements and Time Management Regulations would include information requirements for the planning phase, and set clear criteria under which legislated timelines could be suspended. The Discussion Paper on Information Requirements and Time Management Regulatory Proposal explains the proposed regulations, and provides context on how information and timelines would be managed in implementation of the proposed new impact assessment system.

The feedback gathered will help inform the development of the final regulations.

This was the final opportunity to provide comments, prior to the publication of the final regulations in Canada Gazette, Part II, which will take place after the Impact Assessment Act receives the approval of Parliament.

Click on a Discussion Paper below to read the paper and the feedback received
















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

The feedback received during the previous comment period (February 9 - June 1, 2018) is available below for reference:

Consultation Paper on Approach to revising the Project List

Consultation Paper on Information Requirements and Time Management Regulations


Thank you for your interest and participation in this process.

Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency



Development of regulations for the proposed new impact assessment system

The Government of Canada is committed to putting in place better rules for major projects that protect the environment, respect Indigenous rights, and strengthen our economy.

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency sought public comments until 31 May, 2019 to inform the development of two regulations to support the government’s proposed new Impact Assessment Act:

  • The Regulations Designating Physical Activities (also known as the Project List) would set out the types of projects that may be subject to a federal impact assessment (known as designated projects). The Discussion Paper on Proposed Project List details the project types that are proposed for inclusion in the Project List and the approach followed to create the list. The new Project List will aim to make it clear when the new rules apply, providing certainty that Canadians and companies need and expect.

  • The Information Requirements and Time Management Regulations would include information requirements for the planning phase, and set clear criteria under which legislated timelines could be suspended. The Discussion Paper on Information Requirements and Time Management Regulatory Proposal explains the proposed regulations, and provides context on how information and timelines would be managed in implementation of the proposed new impact assessment system.

The feedback gathered will help inform the development of the final regulations.

This was the final opportunity to provide comments, prior to the publication of the final regulations in Canada Gazette, Part II, which will take place after the Impact Assessment Act receives the approval of Parliament.

Click on a Discussion Paper below to read the paper and the feedback received
















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

The feedback received during the previous comment period (February 9 - June 1, 2018) is available below for reference:

Consultation Paper on Approach to revising the Project List

Consultation Paper on Information Requirements and Time Management Regulations


Thank you for your interest and participation in this process.

Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency