Government of Canada


In August 2016, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change established an Expert Panel to review federal environmental assessment processes.

The Expert Panel’s Terms of Reference outlined its mandate and the review process it followed.

  • 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.
  • A Multi-Interest Advisory Committee made up of Indigenous organizations, industry associations and environmental groups was established to provide advice to the Expert Panel for their review of environmental assessment processes.
  • The advice that the Advisory Committee provided to the Expert Panel is posted on the Expert Panel's website.
  • Read more about the Multi-Interest Advisory Committee.
  • 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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