OFA noted it is very difficult to provide comments for the proposed Comprehensive Environmental Project lists without knowing what will be included in the Streamlined Environmental Assessment Project List which will be released “in the coming months”. OFA stressed the need for mandatory Agricultural Impact Assessments (AIA) for projects that have the potential to affect agricultural operations. OFA recommended that a formal requirement to complete an AIA be built into the assessment of any project that has the potential to impact agriculture. This means an AIA must be included within the Environmental Assessment process, but also be required for projects that may be excluded from the Environmental Assessment Act. OFA also provided advice regarding the “Threshold or Trigger” that defines the project requirements when creating project lists for a Comprehensive Environmental Assessment. OFA recommended that the results of the consultation be considered and this government proposal be re-worked, and then released for consultation again with the rest of the proposed changes for the Environmental Assessment Act when they are released.
Submissions & Correspondence
OFA submission regarding proposed project list for comprehensive environmental assessments under the Environmental Assessment Act
Updated: November 11, 2020