4. This agreement may be amended at any time by mutual agreement. 2. If the Agency and the EAO agree that a project submitted to this agreement may adversely affect another jurisdiction, the Agency and the EAO will ensure that the relevant jurisdiction is informed and that it can participate in the impact assessment. Cooperative impact assessments reduce duplication and enhance the efficiency and security of the process, so that jurisdictions, supporters, indigenous groups and other stakeholders can participate more effectively. Benefits include consistent sources of information, exchange of information, effective public participation, greater clarity, consistency and coordinated communication. (iii) whether the reference of the impact assessment to a supervisory body is in the public interest. B.C. Minister of Environment Strategy and Climate Change George Heyman says the agreement supports British Columbia`s environmental assessment process. 1.
The Agency and EAO will cooperate to coordinate cooperation and cooperation with indigenous peoples in all impact assessments. On the basis of the draft agreement, it is clear that the EAO and the Agency are considering, as far as possible, a high degree of coordination. Given their history of cooperation and the many similarities between the new evaluation systems, this is not surprising. 5. The federal minister will do everything in his power to respond to the request in a timely manner, with a view to responding within 10 days of the necessary impact assessment and no later than the date the notice of implementation is provided in accordance with section 18 of the Act of Canada. (12) The BC procedure and timelines for evaluation apply as soon as an assessment is sent to the EAO. As part of the agreement, projects requiring an impact assessment by both the Canadian and B.C. governments will be the subject of a collaborative impact study. The agreement provides for a number of cooperative impact analysis mechanisms: coordination, substitution or joint review body. The agreement involves the commitment of Canada and British Columbia to cooperate in all impact assessments to coordinate cooperation and cooperation with Aboriginal peoples.
The Canada-B.C. Impact Assessment Cooperation Agreement (2019) is a consolidation and update of previous Canada-British Columbia agreements that have been in place since 2004. The agreement outlines how legal systems will work together on project impact assessments that will require evaluation by both levels of government. This will ensure a more predictable and faster process, greater efficiency and safety, as well as quality assessments that will build on the best available know-how and support the common “one project, one evaluation” principle. (vi) Coordinating cooperation with indigenous peoples throughout the assessment process; 2. The parties take into account all agreements, contracts or agreements with Aboriginal peoples when developing and considering a substitution application. (3) If a proposed project were to be in another province or region with part of the project in British Columbia, or if it were to be delineated, the parties would seek to apply the principles and approaches set out in collaboration with the other province or region.