The repeal and enactment of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (“CEAA”) and amendments to other federal legislation is the most significant change in federal environmental assessment (EA) since the legislation was enacted. The amendments are aimed at increasing investment in extractive industries by encouraging certainty, reducing regulatory duplication and reducing delays. The implications of these changes are vast and it is too early to determine their impacts on the mining industry.
This is the fourth article in our series on changes to the federal environmental assessment regime and what that means for mining in Ontario. Our first article provided a general overview while our second article addressed changes in CEAA related to Aboriginal consultation. Our third article discussed what the new Aboriginal consultation regime meant for mining in Ontario. In this article we discuss the Fisheries Act amendments, their implications for Aboriginal consultation and other matters relevant to miners taking into account further Fisheries Act revisions proposed in Bill C- 45.
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