The Expert Panel’s Terms of Reference outlines its mandate and the review process it is following.
About the Review
The Minister of Environment and Climate Change established an Expert Panel to review federal environmental assessment processes.
- From September, 19 2016 to December 15, 2016, the Expert Panel held in-person engagement events across Canada.
- Canadians were invited to participate in these events and also had opportunities to provide their input online until December 23, 2016.
- Indigenous peoples were also invited to participate online, through written submissions, and in targeted in-person engagement sessions
- Inviting Indigenous peoples and all Canadians to share their input on issues and engage in opportunities to improve federal environmental assessment processes was of the utmost importance to the Expert Panel’s review.
- Funding was made available to support the participation of Indigenous peoples.
- Funding was also available to support public travel to participate in engagement sessions with the Expert Panel conducting the review of environmental assessment processes.
- A Multi-Interest Advisory Committee made up of Indigenous organizations, industry associations and environmental groups has been established to provide advice to the Expert Panel for their review of environmental assessment processes.
- The advice that the Advisory Committee provides to the Expert Panel is posted on the Expert Panel's website. The Expert Panel will also include a summary of the Advisory Committee's advice in their report, which the Panel will provide to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, along with recommendations in March 2017.
- Read more about the Multi-Interest Advisory Committee.
- Once the Expert Panel has completed its work in March 2017, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change will consider the recommendations in the Panel's report and identify next steps to improve federal environmental assessment processes.
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