Establishing Timelines for Comprehensive Studies Regulations
P.C. 2011-741 2011-06-23
His Excellency the Governor General in Council, on the recommendation of the Minister of the Environment, pursuant to paragraph 59(a)Footnote a of the Canadian Environmental Assessment ActFootnote b, hereby makes the annexed Establishing Timelines for Comprehensive Studies Regulations.
1 The following definitions apply in these Regulations.
Act means the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act. (Loi)
- environmental impact statement guidelines
environmental impact statement guidelines means a document setting out the information that is necessary to enable the Agency to conduct a comprehensive study. (lignes directrices relatives à l’étude d’impact environnemental)
2 These Regulations do not apply to projects for which one of the responsible authorities is the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission established under section 8 of the Nuclear Safety and Control Act or the National Energy Board established under section 3 of the National Energy Board Act.
3 (1) The Agency must decide, within 90 days after receipt of a project description that includes the information that is set out in the schedule, whether to commence a comprehensive study of the project under subsection 11.01(1) of the Act.
(2) On receipt of the information referred to in subsection (1), the Agency must include a notice indicating the beginning of the 90‑day period on its Internet site.
(3) When the Agency commences a comprehensive study of a project, it must, without delay, advise those federal authorities that are likely to be in possession of specialist or expert information or knowledge that is necessary to conduct the environmental assessment of the project.
4 (1) The Agency must provide the proponent with environmental impact statement guidelines after it includes the notice of commencement of an environmental assessment on the Canadian Environmental Assessment Registry Internet site under paragraph 55.1(2)(a) of the Act.
(2) Environmental impact statement guidelines remain valid for a period of three years beginning on the day on which the Agency provides them to the proponent.
(3) At the request of the proponent, the Agency may renew the guidelines in their original or amended form for another period of three years.
5 (1) The Agency must publish the notice referred to in section 22 of the Act within a period of 365 days that begins on the day on which the notice of commencement of an environmental assessment is included on the Canadian Environmental Assessment Registry Internet site.
(2) Despite subsection (1), the period does not include
(a) any period during which the proponent prepares or collects any information necessary for the Agency to complete the environmental impact statement guidelines or to complete the requirements of the environmental impact statement guidelines, unless the Agency has sufficient information allowing it to otherwise continue the comprehensive study during this period;
(b) any period requested in writing by the proponent; and
(c) any time, to a maximum of 30 days following receipt of the environmental impact statement, needed by the Agency to determine whether the information outlined in the environmental impact statement guidelines has been provided.
6 The Agency must include an annual report on the implementation of these Regulations on its Internet site.
Coming into Force
8 These Regulations come into force on the day on which they are registered.
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