Ottawa’s revised environmental rules won’t reduce permitting stage, lawyers say

The Northern Miner,

Colin McClelland, 

The federal government’s proposed changes to environmental rules for resource projects could limit Ottawa’s oversight, but probably won’t shorten approval times, according to a law firm’s analysis.

The proposed amendments address concerns raised by Canada’s Supreme Court in October. It ruled the Impact Assessment Act is unconstitutional because the federal government was overstepping its jurisdiction into provincial areas. The Liberal government’s budget speech in mid-April said the suggested modifications were coming, but it wasn’t immediately clear how long it would take to enact them.


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