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Public Participation in Environmental Assessment in Canada: Proposed Reforms

Submitted By: MONICA DEL AGUILA December 19, 2016

Public participation has been recognized by many scholars as the cornerstone of an effective environmental assessment process and its several benefits have been clearly described. Numerous scholars are now talking about new approaches in the federal environmental assessment process to achieve an effective and meaningful public participation, focusing on education, social learning, and sustainability. However, a close review of the literature reveals several deficiencies in the federal environmental assessment process that constraint the opportunities for public participation. This paper describes and examines how these deficiencies act as barriers for public involvement. The findings suggest that significant changes must take place within the legal framework to properly address the deficiencies of the federal environmental assessment process and that new approaches must be taken into consideration to achieve an effective and meaningful public participation.


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