Environmental Assessment Revitalization
The Premier has directed the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy to revitalize the Environmental Assessment (EA) process "to ensure the legal right of First Nations are respected, and the public's expectation of a strong transparent process is met." This means:
- Enhancing Public Confidence: ensuring impacted First Nations, local communities and governments and the broader public can meaningfully participate in all stages of environmental assessment through a process that is robust transparent, timely and predictable;
- Advancing Reconciliation with First Nations; and
- Protecting the Environment while Supporting Sustainable Economic Growth by providing certainty of process and clarity of regulatory considerations including opportunities for early indications of the likelihood of success.
The Path to Revitalization
The graphic below illustrates the path the EAO is taking to revitalize B.C.'s Environmental Assessment Process:
Engagement Throughout the Process
The EAO is working with Indigenous groups at every step of the revitalization process to ensure that this work contributes to achieving government's commitment to fully implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Building trust and partnerships where all parties can participate in a revitalization process to make decisions that are responsible, effective and efficient is a key priority.
Non-Government Organizations (including environmental groups), academics, industry, local governments, stakeholders and the public will also be heavily engaged throughout the revitalization process. The process graphic above details the timelines for various engagements.
For more details on the various engagements throughout this process, please see the top navigation bar.
Impacts to Existing Projects
Environmental Assessments that are already underway will continue under the current process – rules and processes will not change. The revitalized EA process will be prospective, not retrospective.
Questions, Comments, Concerns?
If you'd like to provide feedback on the future revitalized environmental assessment process, please refer to the top navigation bar to learn how you can participate.
For all other questions or concerns, please email: EA.Revitalization@gov.bc.ca