Federal Impact Assessment Act
Since the entry into force of the Impact Assessment Act in August 2019, efforts have continued at the regional level to gain a thorough understanding of how the substitution and delegation provisions under the Impact Assessment Act may be implemented for the JBNQA, NEQA and NILCA impact assessment procedures. The Impact Assessment Act has broadened the scope of federal impact assessment, which will likely increase the number of projects subject to assessment and cases of multiple applicable assessment procedures in Nunavik. This extended scope includes consideration of social impacts and impacts on the rights of Indigenous people. These new elements could foster harmonization with the procedures under the JBNQA, the NEQA and the NILCA, which have always taken into account social impacts and Inuit and Naskapi rights.
The recent adoption of the Impact Assessment Act is an opportunity to reflect on and propose concrete solutions to the multiplication of impact assessment procedures in Nunavik.
The Impact Assessment Agency of Canada maintains an online project impact assessment registry.
The general public may participate at several stages during impact assessment. For more information click here.
The Impact Assessment Agency of Canada is developing a guide for the general public, project proponents and Indigenous people on the tools and strategies for promoting Indigenous participation in impact assessments: Interim Guidance: Indigenous Participation in Impact Assessment.