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

Act current to 2017-12-11 and last amended on 2015-06-18. Previous Versions

Marginal note:Pending land use plan
  •  (1) When a planning commission established for a planning region under a final agreement notifies the executive committee and designated offices that it is preparing a regional land use plan pursuant to the final agreement, the executive committee and each designated office whose assessment district includes any part of the planning region shall provide the planning commission with the information in its possession about every project in the planning region for which an assessment is pending.

  • Marginal note:Representations

    (2) The executive committee shall invite a planning commission that is preparing a land use plan to make representations to it and to each panel of the Board that is conducting a review of a project, and each designated office that is conducting an evaluation of a project shall invite the planning commission to make representations to it.

Marginal note:Participation by interested persons

 Subject to subsections 60(4), 95(4) and 103(4), a designated office, the executive committee or a panel of the Board shall provide and publicize opportunities for interested persons and the public to participate in any assessment conducted by it.

Time Limits

Marginal note:Authority and validity

 The failure of the federal minister, the Minister of the Environment, the territorial minister, the Board, a decision body, a designated office, the executive committee, a panel of the Board or a joint panel to exercise a power or perform a duty or function within a period provided for under this Act does not terminate their authority to do so nor does it invalidate any document prepared or submitted or any decision or action taken in the exercise or performance of their powers, duties or functions.

  • 2015, c. 19, s. 11.

Proposed Activities Subject to Assessment

Marginal note:Regulations identifying activities
  •  (1) The Governor in Council may make regulations

    • (a) listing activities that may be made subject to assessment; and

    • (b) making exceptions from activities so listed.

  • Marginal note:Circumstances

    (2) An activity listed under paragraph (1)(a) — and not excepted under paragraph (1)(b) — is subject to assessment if proposed to be undertaken in Yukon and if

    • (a) a federal agency or federal independent regulatory agency is the proponent;

    • (b) a territorial agency, municipal government, territorial independent regulatory agency or first nation is the proponent and an authorization or the grant of an interest in land would be required for the activity to be undertaken by a private individual;

    • (c) an authorization or the grant of an interest in land by a government agency, independent regulatory agency, municipal government or first nation is required for the activity to be undertaken; or

    • (d) an authorization by the Governor in Council is required for the activity to be undertaken.

  • 2003, c. 7, s. 47;
  • 2015, c. 19, s. 12.
Marginal note:Declarations
  •  (1) Where an activity is listed under paragraph 47(1)(a) but is excepted under paragraph 47(1)(b), a declaration that the activity is subject to assessment may nevertheless be made, in circumstances referred to in subsection (3) or (4), by

    • (a) a federal agency that is the proponent of the activity or that has the power to issue an authorization or to grant an interest in land required for the activity to be undertaken;

    • (b) the federal minister, if the Governor in Council has the power to issue an authorization required for the activity to be undertaken or if a federal independent regulatory agency is the proponent of the activity or has the power to issue an authorization or to grant an interest in land required for the activity to be undertaken;

    • (c) the territorial minister, if a territorial agency, a municipal government or a territorial independent regulatory agency is the proponent of the activity or has the power to issue an authorization or to grant an interest in land required for the activity to be undertaken; or

    • (d) a first nation that is the proponent of the activity or that has the power to issue an authorization or to grant an interest in land required for the activity to be undertaken.

  • Marginal note:Consent to declaration

    (2) A declaration that a particular activity is subject to assessment must be consented to by every person or body referred to in subsection (1) that has the power to make that declaration.

  • Marginal note:Significant adverse effects

    (3) A declaration that an activity is subject to assessment may be made by the federal agency, federal minister, territorial minister or first nation if they are of the opinion that the activity might

    • (a) have significant adverse environmental or socio-economic effects in or outside Yukon; or

    • (b) contribute significantly to cumulative adverse environmental or socio-economic effects in combination with projects for which proposals have been submitted under subsection 50(1) or with other activities known to them that are proposed, undertaken or completed in or outside Yukon.

  • Marginal note:Activity in protected area

    (4) A declaration that an activity is subject to assessment may also be made in respect of an activity if the activity is to be undertaken

    • (a) in an area that contains a heritage resource, other than a record only, or that is a heritage resource, and that is for that reason protected by federal, territorial or first nation law or that is identified, in a land use plan in effect under a final agreement, as an area that should be so protected;

    • (b) in a special management area that is identified as such in a final agreement or that is established in accordance with a final agreement; or

    • (c) in an area that forms the habitat for any species of plant or wildlife that is determined to be rare, threatened, endangered or at risk by or under federal, territorial or first nation law.

  • 2003, c. 7, s. 48;
  • 2015, c. 19, s. 13.
Marginal note:Emergencies exempted
  •  (1) Notwithstanding sections 47 and 48, no assessment is required of an activity that is undertaken in response to a national emergency for which special temporary measures are being taken under the Emergencies Act, or in response to an emergency when it is in the interest of public welfare, health or safety or of protecting property or the environment that the activity be undertaken immediately.

  • Marginal note:Reporting after emergencies

    (2) As soon as practicable after any such activity is completed, the person who undertook it shall send a written report to the designated office for each assessment district in which it was undertaken describing the nature, extent and duration of the activity and any work required in order to restore or rehabilitate the area affected by it.

Marginal note:No significant change
  •  (1) A new assessment of a project or existing project is not required when an authorization is renewed or amended unless, in the opinion of a decision body for the project, there is a significant change to the original project that would otherwise be subject to an assessment.

  • Marginal note:Consultation between decision bodies

    (2) If there is more than one decision body for the project, they shall consult one another in determining whether a new assessment is required.

  • 2015, c. 19, s. 14.

Proposals for Projects

Marginal note:Submission of proposals
  •  (1) A proponent shall submit a proposal for a project

    • (a) to the executive committee, in the case of a project specified in regulations made under paragraph 122(c); or

    • (b) in any other case, to the designated office for the assessment district in which the project is to be undertaken, subject to the rules made under paragraph 31(2)(d).

  • Marginal note:Considerations by proponent

    (2) The proponent of a project shall, in preparing a proposal, incorporate any appropriate mitigative measures and take into consideration the matters referred to in paragraphs 42(1)(b), (c), (e) and (f) and, if applicable, subsection 42(2.1), in the case of a proposal submitted to a designated office, or the matters referred to in those paragraphs, paragraphs 42(1)(g) to (h) and, if applicable, subsection 42(2.1), in the case of a proposal submitted to the executive committee.

  • Marginal note:Consultation

    (3) Before submitting a proposal to the executive committee, the proponent of a project shall consult any first nation in whose territory, or the residents of any community in which, the project will be located or might have significant environmental or socio-economic effects.

  • Marginal note:Notification of Environment Minister

    (4) The executive committee shall notify the Minister of the Environment of any proposal submitted to it under paragraph (1)(a) for a project for which there is a federal decision body.

  • 2003, c. 7, s. 50;
  • 2015, c. 19, s. 15.
 
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