2002 Act - Guidance Documents Related to the Environmental Assessment Office

The following documents are relevant to projects undergoing an environmental assessment under the 2002 Act, and are provided to help proponents through the environmental assessment process, or those wishing to explore EAO policies and regulations in detail.

Guidance Documents by Subject



  • Guidelines for Preparing Project Descriptions (PDF) (2016) 
    This document provides guidelines for proponents preparing a Project Description for projects that are or will likely be reviewable under the Environmental Assessment Act
  • Guidance on Requesting a Certificate Exemption (PDF) (2016) 
    This document describes:
    • The process for proponents to request an exemption from certificate requirements under s. 10(1)(b) of the Environmental Assessment Act
    • The EAO's review and decision making process in considering the request.
  • Exemption Order Template (PDF) (2017) 
  • Valued Components Guidelines 
  • Application Information Requirements Template (DOC) (August 2015) 
    The Application Information Requirements describes the information that must be provided by a proponent in an application for an Environmental Assessment Certificate. The document is also used to determine whether an application contains all the necessary information and therefore may proceed to the review stage of the environmental assessment.

Application Information Requirements Companion Documents:

Application Review:

  • Environmental Assessment Certificate Policy (PDF) (2017) 
    The Environmental Assessment Certificate Policy (EAC Policy), explains EAO's approach to drafting conditions in environmental assessment certificates, amended certificates and exemption orders.

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Public Participation:


Compliance and Enforcement:

Federal Guidance:

Other Resource Documents:


Valued Components Guideline

The EAO's new policy document, Guideline for the Selection of Valued Components and Assessment of Potential Effects (PDF), presents best practices for the selection of valued components and the assessment of potential effects. It has been prepared to inform the understanding and application of appropriate, standardized methods for conducting environmental assessments to meet the requirements of the Environmental Assessment Act. It builds upon existing practices to improve the clarity, consistency, and overall quality of Applications for an Environmental Assessment Certificate prepared by proponents, as well as assessments prepared by EAO staff.