Canada needs a stronger, fairer environmental assessment law to safeguard the environment, communities and democracy.
The Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 (CEAA 2012) is not working for the environment, the public or economy. It restricts the quality and quantity of information necessary for making sound decisions, reviews too few activities and shuts citizens out of decision-making, forcing them to take to the courts and the streets for a fair consideration of their concerns.
Replacing CEAA, 2012 with a visionary, sustainability-based next-generation environmental assessment law will help ensure a healthy, secure, more democratic and sustainable Canada.
To work for the public and the environment, a next-generation assessment law must:
- Account for the economic, ecological, and social aspects of sustainability;
- Respect Indigenous authority and governance;
- Connect assessment, decision-making, and action by different levels of government;
- Provide for full public participation, transparency, accountability, and rights to challenge decisions in court;
- Address the causes and effects of climate change;
- Include strategic and regional assessment as fundamental components;
- Understand and address the cumulative impacts of the thousands of smaller projects currently not being studied; and
- Promote evidence-based decision-making.
To learn more about West Coast’s priorities for environmental assessment law reform, please see:
- Proceedings of the Federal Environmental Assessment Reform Summit
- West Coast Environmental Law Submissions on Next-Generation Environmental Assessment