HOUSE OF COMMONS PASSES ENVIRONMENT BILL TO IMPROVE RESOURCE PROJECT REVIEWS AND HELP REGAIN PUBLIC TRUST

Ottawa, ON (June 21, 2018) —Today, the House of Commons passed Bill C-69—including a new law  the Impact Assessment Act—which should greatly improve environmental reviews of development projects as well as regain public trust.

“Bill C-69 represents important reforms by emphasizing sustainability and a single-agency approach to assessing resource projects, and by eliminating rules restricting public participation in hearings” says Stephen Hazell, Director of Conservation and General Counsel. “We are satisfied that an appropriate balance has been struck in this legislation and that it will assist in regaining public trust in reviews of natural resource development projects.”

“The Senate now has the opportunity to consider Bill C-69, including amendments, as passed by the House of Commons.” said Hazell.  “Nature Canada notes that the current Parliamentary session will end 12 months from now, after which the campaign leading up to the October 2019 federal election will begin in earnest.  We expect that this schedule provides plenty of time for the Senate to complete its deliberations and pass the bill.”


For media commentary please contact: 

Stephen Hazell, Director of Conservation and General Counsel
613 724-1908 (cell) 613 562-3447 ext. 240
shazell@naturecanada.ca