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.
Environmental Assessment Act 2018 is now in force
The new Environmental Assessment Act is now in force. For more information, please see the Revitalization section.
December 16th, 2019
Reviewable Projects Regulation Interim What We Heard Report is now available
An Interim What We Heard Report on the Reviewable Projects Regulation Public Engagement is now available. A full report is expected by the end of fall, 2019.
December 2nd, 2019
Public Engagement Survey is now closed
The Public Engagement Survey is now closed. Thank you to everyone who provided their feedback. The responses to this survey, and how the EAO is reflecting the feedback in its public engagement efforts will be captured in a What We Hear Report, expected in Early 2020.
October 15th, 2019
Public engagement on the Reviewable Projects Regulation is now closed
The comment period on this engagement is now closed. Thank you to everyone who provided their feedback. The responses to the engagement, and how we're addressing comments will be outlined in a forthcoming What We Heard Report, expected in fall, 2019.
October 7th, 2019
Public Engagement Survey is now open
The Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) is revitalizing the environmental assessment process to ensure the rights of First nations are respected, and the public’s expectation of a strong, transparent process are met. A focus of this initiative is improving the way the EAO engages the public throughout the environmental assessment process.
British Columbians are encouraged to provide feedback to the EAO on how they would like to be engaged if a major project is proposed near their community. Prior experience with an environmental assessment is not necessary. To provide feedback, please take the following survey: https://epic-lime-survey-esm.pathfinder.gov.bc.ca/index.php/486519?newtest=Y&lang=en
September 6th, 2019
Public engagement on the Reviewable Projects Regulation is now open
A new Reviewable Projects Regulation (RPR) is being developed to replace the current RPR. This regulation sets out the criteria for determining which projects should be reviewable and required to undergo an environmental assessment (EA).
An Intentions Paper sets out the current policy recommendations for the new proposed RPR, and includes proposed Reviewable Projects Criteria, as well as supporting materials in the appendix. This paper has been produced to support engagement on the new regulation. Feedback received during this public comment period will be analyzed, and where appropriate, incorporated in the final regulation. The EAO will provide a final draft of the regulation to Cabinet, which will ultimately decide whether or not to approve. The finalized RPR will come into effect at the same time the new Environmental Assessment Act comes into force, expected in late 2019.
September 6th, 2019
What We Heard Report on the Impact Assessment Cooperation Agreement is now available
A What We Heard Report (PDF) outlining the feedback that was received during the public comment period on Impact Assessment Cooperation Agreement has now been released.
September 5th, 2019
Public engagement on the Impact Assessment Cooperation Agreement is now closed
A What We Heard Report will be released sometime in Early September outlining the feedback that was received during the public comment period.
August 7th, 2019
Public engagement on the Impact Assessment Cooperation Agreement is now open
The Impact Assessment Cooperation Agreement (IACA) is a consolidation and update of existing agreements between the B.C. Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA), that have been in place as early as 2004. The agreement sets out the administrative processes required from both provincial and federal agencies to ensure an efficient and effective environmental assessment is carried out when projects are subject to assessment by both jurisdictions, supporting “one-project, one-assessment.” Check out the infographic for more details.
July 8th, 2019
Environmental Assessment Act (2018) receives Royal Assent
The new Environmental Assessment Act (2018) has received Royal Assent, however it is not yet in force. Additional policies and regulations will be developed to support the new Act, and it will be brought into force by fall, 2019.
November 27th, 2018
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com. 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