Environmental Assessment Revitalization

The BC government will review the environmental assessment process to ensure the legal rights of First Nations are respected, and to build public confidence through a strong and transparent process.

The government has created an Environmental Assessment Advisory Committee to review and make recommendations on the process, and will focus on three outcomes:

  • Enhancing public confidence, transparency and meaningful participation;
  • Advancing reconciliation with First Nations; and
  • Protecting the environment while supporting sustainable economic development.

An initial engagement phase will run from March to April with First Nation groups, local governments and other key stakeholders such as industry, labour, and environmental non-governmental organizations.

In May, the government will release a discussion paper for public feedback. Changes to the environmental assessment process are expected in Fall 2018.

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