Commenting on the Environmental Assessment Office Projects
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. If you would like to submit a comment, please look below.
Public Comment Periods
Below are the Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) projects currently or recently in a public consultation period.
Public Comment Policies
Comments submitted to the EAO, either online, by mail or by fax, will be published on the Environmental Assessment Office Project Information & Collaboration (EPIC) application.
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.
Public consultation is set out in the Environmental Assessment Act and Public Consultation Policy Regulation as a responsibility of both the Environmental Assessment Office and project proponents.
The Environmental Assessment Office is reviewing its public consultation procedures, with the aim of clarifying and improving the experience and outcomes of public consultation in environmental assessments. The Environmental Assessment Office engaged with stakeholders and the public in the initial phase of our review, and invited the public to an online discussion in 2015. We have prepared a report summarizing what we have heard from the public and stakeholders, and the next steps in the public consultation review process.