Published in Law Now, March/April 2013
By Brenda Heelan Powell, Staff Counsel, Environmental Law Centre
In 2012, the landscape of Canadian federal environmental assessment law was completely altered. Following on the heels of a truncated statutory review process in late 2011, federal environmental assessment law was re-written with the passage of Bill C-38 (the federal omnibus budget bill). This article will provide an overview of the statutory review process and the legislative changes to federal environmental assessment law and introduce A Model Environmental and Sustainability Assessment Law recently published by the Environmental Law Centre (ELC). The Model Law is available with or without annotations on the ELC website.
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