With the passage of Bill C-69, the federal government has fulfilled its commitment to update the broken environmental assessment regime that has been in place since 2012 and deliver a stronger, more rigorous and more democratic process for evaluating the impacts of major industrial projects. For the first time, a project’s impact on climate change will be considered during the review process. The government should be commended for remaining committed to strengthening environmental oversight in the face of misinformation and fearmongering from the oil and gas industry and some provincial leaders.

However, there is still significant work to be done to improve associated legislative components – such as the list of projects that will be required to undergo federal assessment and the Strategic Assessment on Climate Change – to make them strong enough to align future industrial projects with Canada’s climate targets. We will also be continuing to make sure that the concerns of communities, First Nations and civil society are taken into account during this updated review process. We look forward to working with governments and Canadians to make Bill C-69 the first step towards better protection for our climate, water and communities.

About ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENCE (www.environmentaldefence.ca): Environmental Defence is a leading Canadian advocacy organization that works with government, industry and individuals to defend clean water, a safe climate and healthy communities.

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For more information or to arrange an interview:

Barbara Hayes, Communications Manager, Environmental Defence,  bhayes@environmentaldefence.ca