Environmental Assessment Revitalization
In July 2017, the Premier of British Columbia directed the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy to revitalize the Environmental Assessment (EA) process “to ensure the legal
right of First Nations are respected, and the public’s expectation of a strong transparent process is met.” All Ministers were also mandated to fully implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).
Taking only ten months from the start of external engagement to repeal and replace the previous Act, the Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) collaborated with Indigenous groups and
consulted with stakeholders to develop a new Environmental Assessment Act that implements UNDRIP within provincial regulatory legislation – a first in Canada.
The new Act received Royal assent in November 2018, providing a clear and timely path to modernize the EA of major resource projects.