News and Announcements Related to the Environmental Assessment Process and the Environmental Assessment Office
Visit the EPIC Activities & Updates page for all news and announcements related to specific projects.
Intentions Paper released
An Intentions Paper (PDF, 1.2MB) outlining the intended changes to B.C.'s environmental assessment process as presented in upcoming legislation has now been released.
October 28th, 2018
What We Heard Report released
August 31st, 2018
Public consultation on EA Revitalization is now closed
A What We Heard Report will be released sometime in late August outlining the feedback that was received during the public comment period.
July 30th, 2018
Public consultation on EA Revitalization is now open
From now until July 30th, British Columbians have an opportunity to shape the future of how major projects are assessed in B.C. by providing feedback on potential changes to B.C.’s environmental assessment (EA) process. Click here for additional details.
June 18, 2018
Revitalizing B.C.’s environmental assessment process
British Columbia’s government announces a review of the environmental assessment process working directly with First Nations to advance reconciliation. EAR Announcement.
March 7, 2018
Website Content updated
In support of the EAO's continuous efforts to make information more readily accessible, the content on eao.gov.bc.ca has been updated to reflect the most up-to-date information. Additionally, all project specific news and announcements (previously found here) have now been moved to the EAO projects.eao.gov.bc.ca. If you cannot find the information you are looking for, or have questions or concerns, please email: email@example.com.
January 9, 2018
Public Communication During the Provincial Election
Tuesday, April 11 marks the start of the provincial election or writ period. As a result, the government will be observing Elections B.C. rules and restricting public communication and our web and social media presence to items that are statutory in nature, necessary health and safety information, or related to services that remain available to the public during the writ period.
The work of the Environmental Assessment Office will continue during the writ period. The information that is currently posted will remain and we will be posting project-specific documents to EPIC – the Environmental Assessment Office's web-based Project Information & Collaboration application - as required by our regulations. We are still available to answer questions. If you have a question, please contact us by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be happy to respond.
April 11, 2017
Cumulative Effects Framework Interim Policy
The cumulative effects framework interim policy (PDF) has been released by the Natural Resource Board. The approval of the cumulative effects framework interim policy is the result of years of collaborative work developing the framework, testing procedures, refining assessments, engaging stakeholders and improving the policy.
This release includes an information bulletin (PDF) that describes the relationship between the cumulative effects framework and reviewable project environmental assessment. The EAO has also posted a new bulletin (PDF) describing how cumulative effects are addressed in EAO-led environmental assessments.
March 23, 2017
Updated Online EAO Project Information & Collaboration System
On February 2, 2017, the B.C. Environmental Assessment Office released a test ("beta") version of a new and improved EAO Project Information & Collaboration system (EPIC). This beta application – a fully-functional starting point upon which to build continuous improvements – makes it faster and easier to find important information, access key documents, and send in your comments during public comment periods. The Environmental Assessment Office is seeking your feedback on this beta version to build more functionality and improvements in subsequent releases. The new version of EPIC is now publicly available at https://www.projects.eao.gov.bc.ca and can also be accessed via the Environmental Assessment Office's website.
February 2, 2017
This policy bulletin clarifies the requirements under the Water Sustainability Act (WSA) and the Environmental Assessment Act (EAA) for groundwater users. Policy Bulletin for Groundwater Users (PDF)
February 21, 2019