Since 2016, we have been working to review and modernize environmental assessment and regulatory reviews to restore public confidence, modernize the National Energy Board, and restore lost protections to the Act Fisheries Act and Navigation Protection Act. Our goal is to protect the environment and set new standards, support reconciliation with Aboriginal peoples, and ensure that good projects move forward to ensure that our resources reach markets sustainably, while respecting provincial jurisdiction.
We are putting in place better rules that:
- protect our environment, fish and waterways,
- rebuild public trust and respect Indigenous rights,
- strengthen our economy and encourage investment.
These better rules would protect the environment, ensure good projects can go ahead and create new jobs and economic opportunities for the middle class and those working hard to join it. With better rules for major projects [like mines, pipelines and hydro projects], we can protect our environment and communities, grow the economy, and advance reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.
Previous reforms to environmental laws and regulations eroded public trust, disregarded science, and put our environment, fish, waterways and communities at risk. We’re fixing how we measure the potential impacts of major projects – like mines, pipelines and hydro projects.
Better rules will lead to more timely and predictable project reviews, and will encourage investment in Canada’s natural resources sectors. The environment and economy go hand in hand. Better rules will restore confidence in the government’s ability to protect the environment, all the while ensuring that good projects can move forward in a responsible, timely and transparent way.
These better rules are based on 14 months of engagement with provinces and territories, Indigenous peoples, companies, environmental groups, and Canadians across the country.