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Understanding Changes to the Fisheries Act, Impact Assessment Act and Canadian
Navigable Waters Act

In June 2016, the Government of Canada launched a comprehensive review of federal environmental and regulatory processes, in support of ministerial mandates, to increase the robustness and transparency of environmental assessment processes, to restore lost protections and incorporate modern safeguards under the Fisheries Act and the Navigation Protection Act, and to modernize the National Energy Board.

On August 28, 2019, two Bills of Parliament came into force:

  • Bill C-68 amended the Fisheries Act.
  • Bill C-69 repealed the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 and the
    National Energy Board Act and replaced them with, respectively, the Impact
    Assessment Act
    and the Canadian Energy Regulator Act, while also amending
    Navigation Protection Act and renaming it the Canadian Navigable Waters

These Acts describe federal environmental regulatory processes for a wide range of developments and activities, including transportation projects. This briefing provides an overview of key changes associated with the Fisheries Act, Impact Assessment Act and Canadian Navigable Waters Act, focusing on aspects relevant to the transportation sector.

Although this summary is now about a year old, it provides a great overview of recent legislative changes for anyone who’s looking for a quick reminder.

Read full document: Federal Env Legislation Update 2021