August 1, 2005

Canada, Alberta renew EA co-operation accord

EDMONTON, ALTA-Canada and Alberta have renewed their Agreement on Environmental Assessment Co-operation, the document that outlines how the two jurisdictions co-operate to assess projects requiring a review under both federal and provincial environmental assessment (EA) legislation. The renewed agreement builds on the success of previous agreements which have existed between Canada and Alberta since 1993. It also takes into account recent changes made to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act. Projects subject to both federal and provincial EA legislation include major industrial and resource development projects in Alberta that also require both federal and provincial environmental approvals, permits or licences, or involve federal funding. The draft renewed agreement was subject to a 30-day public consultation which included workshops held with stakeholders and aboriginal representatives in Calgary and Edmonton. Comments received from the public were considered in the preparation of the final text. The agreement, along background information and a summary of the results of the public consultation may be viewed on the Web sites of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca) and Alberta Environment (www.gov.ab.ca/env).

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