What is this engagement about?
The Provincial Government is reviewing B.C.’s Environmental Assessment Process to ensure the legal rights of First Nations are respected and the public’s expectation of a strong, transparent process is met.
Revitalization of the Environmental Assessment Process will focus on three key outcomes:
- Enhancing public confidence, transparency and meaningful participation;
- Advancing reconciliation with First Nations; and
- Protecting the environment while supporting clear pathways to sustainable project approvals.
Over many months, the Environmental Assessment Office has been hearing from First Nations, industry and stakeholders on what a new environmental assessment process for B.C. should look like. From that feedback, we’ve developed a Discussion Paper to outline the proposed changes, and we want your feedback. We also want to hear from you on how the Environmental Assessment Office can do a better job of communicating with the public throughout the environmental assessment process.
There are two ways to contribute (and we encourage you to do both!)
- Read the discussion paper, and provide your feedback
The discussion paper describes the proposed changes to B.C.’s Environmental Assessment process, and was written with input from First Nations, a newly formed Environmental Assessment Advisory Committee, industry and stakeholders. We want to make sure the proposed changes also meet the needs and desires of the public – so please share your opinions with us. The Discussion Paper has been written to highlight the changes in an easy to follow format, and some guiding questions throughout the paper will help you gather your thoughts.
- Complete the online engagement survey
It’s important to us that British Columbians understand the environmental assessment process, and that it’s easy to meaningfully engage throughout the process. This means information is easy to find, easy to understand, and that the EAO makes information available in a way that works for you. Help us make things easier for you and fill out the online engagement survey – it should only take about 8-15 minutes.
Feedback will be accepted until Jul 30, 2018 at 4p.m.
Lots of good feedback coming in on proposed changes to BC’s #EnvironmentalAssessment process, highlighted in Midway Engagement Report.
How can my contribution make a difference?
Your feedback will help inform the proposed changes to legislation.
Details of the Engagement:
Date: June 18 – July 30, 2018
Category: Environmental protection