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RECENT DISCUSSIONS ON ENVIRONMENTAL LEGISLATION

May 1, 2017

Navigation Protection Act

Formerly Navigable Waters Protection Act -   The Government of Canada has promised to review the recent changes to the Navigable Waters Protection Act, restore lost protections and incorporate modern safeguards. As an independent and public forum, the parliamentary committee heard from witnesses and invited experts.  The final report from the committee is now available.

A series of fact sheets have also been developed to provide additional background information to help you better participate in the conversation and share your views:

Key dates and activities include:

  • Fall 2016 / Winter 2017
    • The Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities studying the changes to the Act that came into force in 2014.
    • Views may be shared with the Minister of Transport and Transport Canada until January 30, 2017.
  • Early 2017
    • The Standing Committee tabled its findings in Parliament on March 23, 2017.
  • Spring / Summer 2017
    • Response to Standing Committee Report and development of options for change.

Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA)

On April 5th, 2017, at the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA) conference, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change launched a public comment period on the Expert Panel report related to the federal review of environmental assessment processes.

The Expert Panel report provides recommendations on possible approaches to improving current environmental assessment processes. The government will review the report and all of the input received as it considers a path forward including any potential legislative, regulatory or policy changes required. This work will be supported by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency.

The Minister invites Canadians to read the Expert Panel report and share their views until May 5, 2017 at LetsTalkEA.ca.

SCOFO (Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans) Report

The committee released a report on February 2017 which reviewed changes made in 2012 to the Fisheries Act in an attempt to enhance the protection of fish and fish habitat, and the management of Canadian Fisheries. The next report is expected in late June 2017, with discussions with stakeholders. Changes to legislation are expected in 2018.

Species at Risk (SAR)

The latest searchable Ontario SAR list, updated on March 30 2017, can be found here. There were discussions on how the Migratory Birds Protection Act could reviewed in efforts to further address SAR birds nesting on bridges near quarries and other infrastruture, impacts to construction timelines.