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Act and List of Regulations

For more information on applying CEAA 2012, see Policy and Guidance.

Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012

Regulations under CEAA 2012

  • Regulations Designating Physical Activities
    These regulations identify the physical activities that constitute the "designated projects" that may require an environmental assessment by the Agency or will require an environmental assessment by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission or by the National Energy Board.
  • Prescribed Information for the Description of a Designated Project Regulations
    CEAA 2012 requires that the proponent of a designated project, except projects that are regulated by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission or the National Energy Board, submit a project description to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency. These regulations set out the information that must be included in a project description.
  • Cost Recovery Regulations
    CEAA 2012 provides for cost recovery to enable the Agency to recover from the proponent of a project certain costs incurred during the course of an environmental assessment. These regulations set out the services and amounts for which the Agency can recover costs from the proponent of a project that undergoes an assessment by review panel.

Projects in Transition

CEAA 2012 sets out transition provisions for environmental assessments that were already underway when the new legislation came into force. The regulations below apply to projects in transition for which the environmental assessment will continue and be completed under the former Canadian Environmental Assessment Act [PDF - 626 KB].

Comprehensive studies commenced since July 2010 continue under the former Act in accordance with the Establishing Timelines for Comprehensive Studies Regulations.

Comprehensive studies commenced prior to July 2010 continue under the former Act but a comprehensive study report must be provided to the Minister no later than six months of government time after CEAA 2012 comes into force.

Projects that were being assessed as screenings under the former Act continue under the former Act if the project was specifically designated by the Minister of the Environment on the day CEAA 2012 came into force.

For more information, please see the Minister's Order Designating Screenings [PDF - 188 KB].

Regulations under the former Canadian Environmental Assessment Act

  • Canada Port Authority Environmental Assessment Regulations
    These Regulations define the environmental assessment process to be followed by port authorities for projects which they may carry out as a proponent, or for which they may provide land or financial assistance.
  • Comprehensive Study List Regulations
    These Regulations list projects or classes of projects that must undergo a comprehensive study type of environmental assessment because it has been determined that they will likely have significant adverse environmental effects.
  • Crown Corporations Involved in the Provision of Commercial Loans Environmental Assessment Regulations
    These Regulations modify the public notification requirements of the federal environmental assessment process for Crown corporations that may provide commercial loans. The variations primarily affect screening-type environmental assessments when there is no public participation. These Regulations apply to two federal parent Crown corporations: the Business Development Bank of Canada and Farm Credit Canada.
  • Establishing Timelines for Comprehensive Studies Regulations
    These Regulations establish mandatory timelines for the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency when it is responsible for conducting comprehensive studies. The Regulations also prescribe the information that is to be included in a project description.
  • Exclusion List Regulations, 2007
    These Regulations specify projects involving physical works with insignificant environmental effects that are exempt from environmental assessment under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act.
  • Federal Authorities Regulations
    These Regulations prescribe, for the purposes of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, specified bodies as federal authorities beyond those identified in the Act.
  • Inclusion List Regulations
    These Regulations prescribe the physical activities and classes of physical activities, not relating to physical works, that may require an environmental assessment before a federal authority initiates or funds them, or grants land or issues regulatory approvals that allow the activities to proceed.
  • Law List Regulations
    These Regulations identify those federal statutory and regulatory provisions that will trigger an environmental assessment. Under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, an environmental assessment may be required whenever a federal authority is asked to provide a license, permit, certificate or other regulatory authorization pursuant to any of the provisions prescribed in these regulations.
    The Agency has published the Annotated Law List [PDF - 89 KB], which details in plain language the various approvals itemized in the Law List regulations. For an alternative format, please contact Publications.
  • Projects Outside Canada Environmental Assessment Regulations
    These Regulations prescribe the procedures for environmental assessments of projects outside Canada and any federal lands that are initiated or funded by a federal authority.
  • Regulations Respecting the Coordination by Federal Authorities of Environmental Assessment Procedures and Requirements
    These Regulations set out procedures and timelines for federal authorities to follow to determine if they are likely to require an environmental assessment of the project, and if so, notify other federal authorities to determine if they too are likely to require an environmental assessment of the project or are in possession of specialist or expert information or knowledge that is necessary to conduct the environmental assessment. Procedures and timelines are also set out to ensure coordination of key decisions throughout the environmental assessment.