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Environmental Assessment Office

Responsible Minister Order

Under the Environmental Assessment Act, two ministers are responsible for making the decision on whether or not to issue an Environmental Assessment Certificate for a project undergoing an environmental assessment. The first is the Minister of Environment. The other is the “responsible minister”, who is the minister, through their Cabinet position, with responsibility for activities in a sector.

An alternate responsible minister is designated for each of the categories for situations where the organization proposing to build a project is a government agency (for instance, a Crown corporation or a ministry) and the responsible minister is in charge of the government agency.

The following table lists the responsible ministers and alternative responsible ministers for each category of reviewable projects.

Category of Reviewable Projects Responsible Minister Alternate Responsible Minister
Energy projects – electricity projects Minister of Energy and Mines and Minister Responsible for Core Review Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
Energy projects – petroleum and natural gas projects Minister of Natural Gas Development and Minister Responsible for Housing and Deputy Premier Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
Food processing projects Minister of Agriculture Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
Industrial projects Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour
Mine projects Minister of Energy and Mines and Minister Responsible for Core Review Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
Tourist destination resort projects Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development
Transportation projects Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development
Waste disposal projects Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
Water management projects Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations