July 10, 2012
In this issue of Focus on Mining, David Hunter, Nalin Sahni and George McKibbon (McKibbon Wakefield Inc.) discuss Canada’s new environmental assessment regime and what miners need to know. This is the third article in our series on the proposed changes to the federal environmental assesment regime, this article will discuss the changes related to Aboriginal consultation in Ontario.
The repeal and re-enactment of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (“CEAA”) and amendments to other federal environmental legislation amounts to the most significant change in federal environmental assessment (“EA”) since the legislation was first created decades ago. These amendments are clearly aimed at increasing investment in extractive industries by encouraging certainty, reducing regulatory duplication and shortening delays. The implications of these changes are vast and their full impact on the mining industry is not known.
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