4 Myths about Changes to Canada’s Environmental Laws
Myth 1: Streamlining “environmental reviews for major projects will increase certainty for project investors”.
Myth 2: Environmental reviews can be handed over to the provinces because “one project, one review” is all Canada needs.
Provincial environmental assessment processes are inconsistent from each other and often weak, lacking key safeguards of the federal process.
Myth 3: Environmental review of projects hurts the economy, so strict time limits are needed to push projects through more quickly
Canada needs a measured and thoughtful approach that ensures that we approve projects that make the greatest contribution to a sustainable economy and put them in the right place, not a ‘rubber stamp’ for development at all costs.
Myth 4: Proposed legal changes “modernize” the regulatory process.