Substitution of Environmental Assessments in British Columbia – Lessons Learned

Wednesday, October 7, 2015 - 10:00 to 11:30 am
Telephone and computer with internet connection are required

The International Association for Impact Assessment - Western and Northern Canada is pleased to offer a free webinar presented by the BC Environmental Assessment Office. Drawing on examples from its first completed substituted environmental assessment (LNG Canada Export Terminal) and other ongoing substituted environmental assessments, the Environmental Assessment Office will discuss early experiences with substitution, lessons learned and next steps. There will also be time for questions from paticipants.


Substitution: One process, two decisions

Substitution is enabled by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012. Under substitution, where both federal and provincial environmental assessments are required, there is a single review process (the provincial one) and two decisions (federal and provincial).

In 2013, the BC Environmental Assessment Office and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency signed a memorandum of understanding that the two governments use to manage the substitution of environmental assessments in BC. Since then, BC has been approved to substitute its environmental assessment process for the federal process on 14 major projects.

More information on substitution is available on the BC Environmental Assessment Office website.



To register and receive access information for the webinar, please email Rose Heinz ([email protected]). Deadline for registration is October 5.

To allow for the greatest number of participants, we are asking participants in the same workplace to share one webinar connection.