Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Act (S.C. 2003, c. 7)

Assented to 2003-05-13

Marginal note:Standard mitigative measures
  •  (1) The Board may make rules with respect to the development, by a designated office or the executive committee, of standard mitigative measures referred to in section 37.

  • Marginal note:Collaboration

    (2) The Board shall seek the collaboration of the designated offices in making rules under subsection (1).

Marginal note:General rules re information

 The Board shall make rules with respect to

  • (a) the integration of scientific information, traditional knowledge and other information by designated offices, the executive committee and panels of the Board;

  • (b) the determination of whether traditional knowledge is confidential for the purposes of paragraph 121(a); and

  • (c) the handling of information to prevent its disclosure contrary to section 121, including the conduct of private hearings and the restriction of access to information at public hearings.

Marginal note:Publication of proposed rules
  •  (1) At least 60 days before making rules, the Board or a designated office shall publish a notice of any proposed rules in the Canada Gazette, in a periodical that, in its opinion, has a large circulation in Yukon and in a periodical distributed in the Gwich’in Settlement Area referred to in the Gwich’in Agreement and shall, in the notice, invite written representations to be made to it with respect to the proposed rules within 60 days after publication.

  • Marginal note:Exception

    (2) No further notice need be published if the proposed rules are amended solely in response to representations made to the Board or the designated office.

  • Marginal note:Publication of rules

    (3) Rules made by the Board or a designated office shall be published in the Canada Gazette immediately after they are made.

Marginal note:By-laws of Board

 The Board may make by-laws

  • (a) for the conduct and management of its internal administrative affairs; and

  • (b) specifying grounds for the removal of members from office other than for cause, for the purposes of subsection 11(1).

Marginal note:By-laws for designated offices
  •  (1) The Board may make by-laws for the conduct and management of the internal administrative affairs of all designated offices.

  • Marginal note:Collaboration

    (2) The Board shall seek the collaboration of the designated offices in making by-laws applicable to them.

  • Marginal note:By-laws made by designated office

    (3) A designated office may make by-laws for the conduct and management of its internal administrative affairs, but by-laws made by the Board under subsection (1) prevail over by-laws made by a designated office to the extent of any inconsistency.

Marginal note:Standard mitigation measures
  •  (1) A designated office may develop standard mitigative measures that can be applied to a class of projects, or to projects located within a geographic area.

  • Marginal note:Standard mitigation measures

    (2) The executive committee may develop standard mitigative measures that can be applied to a class of projects or existing projects, or to projects or existing projects located within a geographic area.

  • Marginal note:Public participation

    (3) The designated office and the executive committee shall provide opportunities for public participation in the development of standard mitigative measures.

  • Marginal note:Conflict

    (4) Unless otherwise provided by the rules, standard mitigative measures developed by the executive committee prevail over those developed by a designated office to the extent of any inconsistency.

Marginal note:Statutory Instruments Act

 Sections 3, 5 and 11 of the Statutory Instruments Act do not apply in respect of the rules or by-laws of the Board or a designated office.

General Requirement

Marginal note:Scientific and traditional knowledge

 A designated office, the executive committee or a panel of the Board shall give full and fair consideration to scientific information, traditional knowledge and other information provided to it or obtained by it under this Act.

PART 2ASSESSMENT PROCESS AND DECISION DOCUMENTS

Assessments — General

Marginal note:Non-duplication and certainty

 The Board, the designated offices, the executive committee and panels of the Board shall avoid duplication in the assessment process and shall provide certainty, to the extent practicable, to persons participating in the assessment process with respect to assessment procedures, including information requirements, time limits and costs.

Marginal note:Timeliness of assessments

 The designated offices, the executive committee and panels of the Board shall conduct assessments of projects, existing projects and plans in a timely and expeditious manner.

Marginal note:Matters to be considered
  •  (1) In conducting an assessment of a project or existing project, a designated office, the executive committee or a panel of the Board shall take the following matters into consideration:

    • (a) the purpose of the project or existing project;

    • (b) all stages of the project or existing project;

    • (c) the significance of any environmental or socio-economic effects of the project or existing project that have occurred or might occur in or outside Yukon, including the effects of malfunctions or accidents;

    • (d) the significance of any adverse cumulative environmental or socio-economic effects that have occurred or might occur in connection with the project or existing project in combination with the effects of

      • (i) other projects for which proposals have been submitted under subsection 50(1), or

      • (ii) other existing or proposed activities in or outside Yukon that are known to the designated office, executive committee or panel of the Board from information provided to it or obtained by it under this Act;

    • (e) alternatives to the project or existing project, or alternative ways of undertaking or operating it, that would avoid or minimize any significant adverse environmental or socio-economic effects;

    • (f) mitigative measures and measures to compensate for any significant adverse environmental or socio-economic effects;

    • (g) the need to protect the rights of Yukon Indian persons under final agreements, the special relationship between Yukon Indian persons and the wilderness environment of Yukon, and the cultures, traditions, health and lifestyles of Yukon Indian persons and other residents of Yukon;

    • (h) the interests of residents of Yukon and of Canadian residents outside Yukon;

    • (i) any matter that a decision body has asked it to take into consideration; and

    • (j) any matter specified by the regulations.

  • Marginal note:Additional matters to be considered

    (2) In addition to the matters referred to in subsection (1), the executive committee or a panel of the Board shall take the following matters into consideration:

    • (a) the need for effects monitoring; and

    • (b) the capacity of any renewable resources that are likely to be significantly affected by the project or existing project to meet present and future needs.

  • Marginal note:Consideration of standards

    (3) Where a project or existing project to be assessed belongs to a class, or is to be located in a geographic area, for which standard mitigative measures have been developed, whether developed by the designated office or the executive committee, those measures shall be taken into consideration by the designated office, the executive committee or a panel of the Board when assessing the project or existing project.

  • Marginal note:Optional matters

    (4) A designated office, the executive committee or a panel of the Board may also take into consideration any matter that it considers relevant in the assessment of a project or existing project.

 
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