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Impact Assessment Act (S.C. 2019, c. 28, s. 1)

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Act current to 2020-09-09 and last amended on 2019-08-28. Previous Versions

Impact Assessments (continued)

Impact Assessment by a Review Panel (continued)

General Rules (continued)

Marginal note:Time limit

  •  (1) Despite section 37, if the review panel is to conduct an impact assessment of a designated project that includes physical activities that are regulated under any of the Acts referred to in section 43, the Agency must establish the following time limits:

    • (a) the time limit, after the day on which the notice referred to in subsection 19(4) with respect to the designated project is posted on the Internet site, within which the review panel must submit a report with respect to that impact assessment to the Minister; and

    • (b) the time limit, after the day on which the review panel submits the report, within which the Agency must post its recommendations under subsection 55.1(2).

  • Marginal note:Limit of 300 days

    (2) Subject to subsection (4), the total number of days for the time limits established under subsection (1) must not exceed 300. However, the total number of days may be up to 600 if the Agency is of the opinion that the review panel requires more time and it establishes those time limits before it posts a copy of the notice of the commencement of the impact assessment on the Internet site.

  • Marginal note:Factors to consider

    (3) The Agency must take into consideration the factors set out in subsection 36(2) in establishing a time limit that exceeds 300 days.

  • Marginal note:Application

    (4) Subsections 37(3) to (7) apply, with any modifications that the circumstances require, with respect to a time limit established under this section.

Marginal note:Studies and collection of information

 When the Minister refers the impact assessment of a designated project to a review panel, the Agency may, from the day on which the referral is made and until the day on which the panel is established, require the proponent of the designated project to collect any information or undertake any studies that, in the opinion of the Agency, are necessary for the impact assessment by the review panel.

Marginal note:Agreement to jointly establish review panel

  •  (1) When the Minister refers the impact assessment of a designated project to a review panel, he or she may enter into an agreement or arrangement with any jurisdiction referred to in paragraphs (a) to (g) of the definition jurisdiction in section 2 that has powers, duties or functions in relation to an assessment of the environmental effects of the designated project, respecting the joint establishment of a review panel and the manner in which the impact assessment of the designated project is to be conducted by that panel.

  • Marginal note:Limitation

    (2) However, the Minister is not authorized to enter into an agreement or arrangement referred to in subsection (1) with

  • Marginal note:Other jurisdiction

    (3) When the Minister refers the impact assessment of a designated project to a review panel, the Minister and the Minister of Foreign Affairs may enter into an agreement or arrangement with any jurisdiction referred to in paragraph (h) or (i) of the definition jurisdiction in section 2 that has powers, duties or functions in relation to an assessment of the environmental effects of the designated project respecting the joint establishment of a review panel and the manner in which the impact assessment of the designated project is to be conducted by that panel.

  • Marginal note:Posting on Internet site

    (4) Any agreement or arrangement referred to in subsection (1) or (3) must be posted on the Internet site before the commencement of the hearings conducted by the jointly established review panel.

Marginal note:Mackenzie Valley Resource Management Act

  •  (1) When a proposal is referred to the Minister under paragraph 130(1)(c) of the Mackenzie Valley Resource Management Act, the Minister must refer the proposal to a review panel.

  • Marginal note:Document establishing review panel

    (2) When the Minister is required to refer the proposal to a review panel, he or she and the Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board must, in writing, jointly establish a review panel and prescribe the manner of its examination of the impact of the proposal on the environment.

  • Marginal note:If no agreement

    (3) Despite subsection (2), if, in respect of a proposal referred to in subsection 138.1(1) of the Mackenzie Valley Resource Management Act, no agreement is entered into under that subsection within the period fixed by the regulations referred to in subsection 138.1(4) of that Act, an assessment by a review panel of the proposal must be conducted.

  • Marginal note:Coordination with environmental impact review

    (4) The Minister must, to the extent possible, ensure that any assessment of the proposal required by subsection (3) is coordinated with any environmental impact review of the proposal under the Mackenzie Valley Resource Management Act.

  • Marginal note:Consultations

    (5) Before making a referral under section 61 in relation to the proposal referred to in subsection (4), the Minister must consult with the persons and bodies to whom a report concerning the proposal that is issued under subsection 134(2) of the Mackenzie Valley Resource Management Act is submitted or distributed under subsection 134(3) of that Act.

  • Marginal note:Report taken into account

    (6) Before making its decision under section 62 in relation to the proposal, the Governor in Council must take into account any report referred to in subsection (5) and any information that the Minister provides to the Governor in Council following the consultations referred to in that subsection.

  • Marginal note:Posting on Internet site

    (7) Any document establishing a review panel under subsection (2) must be posted on the Internet site before the commencement of the hearings conducted by the jointly established review panel.

Marginal note:Terms of reference and appointment of members

  •  (1) If the impact assessment of a designated project is referred to a review panel, the Minister must — within 45 days after the day on which the notice referred to in subsection 19(4) with respect to the designated project is posted on the Internet site — establish the panel’s terms of reference and the Agency must, within the same period, appoint as a member one or more persons who are unbiased and free from any conflict of interest relative to the designated project and who have knowledge or experience relevant to the designated project’s anticipated effects or have knowledge of the interests and concerns of the Indigenous peoples of Canada that are relevant to the assessment.

  • Marginal note:Restriction

    (2) Subsection (1) is subject to the following sections:

    • (a) section 42;

    • (b) section 44;

    • (c) section 47.

Marginal note:Provisions of agreement

 When there is an agreement or arrangement to jointly establish a review panel under subsection 39(1) or (3), or when there is a document jointly establishing a review panel under subsection 40(2), the agreement, arrangement or document must provide that the impact assessment of the designated project includes a consideration of the factors set out in subsection 22(1) and is conducted in accordance with any additional requirements and procedures set out in it and provide that

  • (a) the Minister must — within 45 days after the day on which the notice referred to in subsection 19(4) with respect to the designated project is posted on the Internet site — establish or approve the review panel’s terms of reference, which are to include the time limit established under paragraph 37(1)(a);

  • (b) the Minister may, at any time, modify the terms of reference in order to reflect an extension of the time limit granted under subsection 37(3) or (4);

  • (c) the Agency must — within 45 days after the day on which the notice referred to in subsection 19(4) with respect to the designated project is posted on the Internet site — appoint the chairperson, or a co-chairperson, and at least one other member of the review panel; and

  • (d) the members of the panel must be unbiased and free from any conflict of interest relative to the designated project and must have knowledge or experience relevant to the designated project’s anticipated effects or have knowledge of the interests and concerns of the Indigenous peoples of Canada that are relevant to the assessment.

Marginal note:Obligation to refer

 The Minister must refer the impact assessment of a designated project to a review panel if the project includes physical activities that are regulated under any of the following Acts:

 
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