Commenting on Projects Undergoing an Environmental Assessment
Public participation in the Environmental Assessment process helps ensure that community values and public goals are considered in project planning and decision-making. Public comments also help ensure that all potential adverse effects of a project are captured and appropriately assessed. See below for projects with open engagement periods.
Public Comment Periods
Below are the Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) projects currently or recently in a public consultation period. You can click below to submit comments to a specific project or the EAO also accepts comments by fax at 250-356-7477, or by mail: Project Director – (insert specific project name here), Environmental Assessment Office, PO Box 9426 Stn Prov Govt, Victoria, British Columbia, V8W 9V1.
Public Comment Policies
Comments submitted to the EAO, either online, by mail or by fax, will be published on the EAO Project Information Centre (EPIC).
The EAO publishes all comments received within seven days of receipt, except comments that do not meet our Public Comment Policy (PDF)
EAO forwards all posted comments to project proponents so that they can be fully considered during the project's EA process.
Public Participation in the EA Process
Public consultation is an important and mandatory aspect of environmental assessments in British Columbia, based on the principle that those affected by proposed projects should have an opportunity to provide input to the assessment. As part of all environmental assessments, the Environmental Assessment Office provides information for the public and seeks input to inform our work of assessing proposed major projects for potentially significant adverse environmental, social, economic, health and heritage effects.
Improving the experience and outcomes of public consultation in environmental assessments has been a focus of Environmental Assessment Revitalization. For more details on how the public has been engaged throughout the Revitalization process and information on active engagements, please see the Public Engagement Page. A What We Heard report detailing the ways the EAO will improve Public Engagement is expected in early 2020.